Walking Holidays in the Cotswolds

 The Close is the perfect place to stay for a walking holiday in the Cotswolds.   The Close is set in the Cotswolds AONB, with 600 acres of National Trust common land a few steps away, a wealth of public footpaths in the area, and close to the Cotswold Way.  Walking is one of the simplest pleasures in life, and walking in a beautiful setting just enhances the experience.  Good weather is a bonus, but even on a dull day or 'sunshine and showers' this is still a lovely area of the country. 

We have a range of local guide books, maps and walk leaflets to give you ideas of where to go and what to see.  Walk independently, with friends, or we can guide you on your walk.  We can also provide lifts to/from the start or end of your walk.  We can set you up with a packed lunch or suggest suitable pubs or cafes for refreshment along the way.  And when you return with muddy boots and jackets, there is a place to hang them (and dry them if you have been caught in a shower). 

Whether you like walking up/down hills or on the flat, with/without stiles, on/off road, long or short distances, linear or circular, there are lots of walks on offer, a small subset of which is outlined below:

  • Stroll around Westonbirt Arboretum – a glorious setting for a relaxing walk, at any time of year. 
  • Walk through Woodchester Park – around 2-3 hours walking in the sheltered woodland surrounding the unfinished Victorian Woodchester Mansion, overlooking the lakes and boathouse.  A wonderfully quiet and contemplative setting.
  • 'Miles without stiles' walk through Minchinhampton and the picturesque village of Box, with wonderful views across towards the Severn, including Minchinhampton Common, a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • A canal walk around Frampton on Severn – a beautiful village with reputedly the longest village green in England.  A flat walk in a lovely setting.
  • Cotswold Way circular or linear walks including a walk around the pretty village of Selsley with its Arts & Crafts church, or the lovely town of Painswick (Queen of the Cotswolds), both of which have wonderful views over surrounding countryside.
  • Explore the Slad valley via the Laurie Lee Walk.  In his centenary year, a walk leaflet has been published for a walk through glorious countryside around Slad.  The first bit of the walk is very steep, so if you don't like hills, this is not the walk for you.


The Close B&B, The Close, Well Hill, Minchinhampton, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 9JE
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The Close B&B

The Close

Well Hill






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