Volume 1. First published April 2017. 1st reprint October 2017. 2nd reprint June 2018. 3rd reprint June 2020. 4th reprint February 2021. 5th reprint April 2022.



These photographs were all taken by the author.


Each of the updates listed below remains current (to the author’s knowledge).

April 2024. Walk 13 – Minor Permanent Diversion After Point E

‘The disused farm buildings’ referred to have been converted into residential accommodation.  Consequently, as indicated, the footpath which previously followed straight through ‘the farmyard’ has been diverted around the left-hand edge of the whole property curtilage.  Follow through the new gate into the field, continue along the property edge and ultimately exit by the field gate at the far end – to rejoin the route of the original path.

April 2024. Walk 5 – Clarification of Route Between Points I and J

Additional Cotswold Way signage within Westridge Wood has caused a slight complication, just beyond having taken ‘the central of three options’. From here you should be sure to follow the yellow (rather than blue) Cotswold Way signs to reach Brackenbury Ditches – the Iron Age hill fort – which otherwise you may miss.

April 2024. Walk 11 – Estate Management/ Essential Forestry Works Still Causing Temporary Issues. 

Following an initial report of 04.09.23, author has regularly checked and found continuing disruption and temporary footpath closures between points D and H. Occasionally, ad hoc diversions may still prove necessary. Notices and an associated map have been widely posted by the landowners. Both the map and a further author visit of 12.02.24 verify that the Walk 11 route remains entirely valid. In particular, the longstanding ‘permissive’ link just after point D (where the ‘hunting gate’ has been permanently removed) is easily accessible through the new wire fence, beyond the sawn-off base of the previous ‘stile by the fourth tree on the right’. The final section of this ‘permissive’ link now proceeds via an enclosed track and out of an open gateway. Author will continue to keep this under review.

September 2021. Walk 2 – Diversion (Amended in April 2022 reprint)

07.09.21. New path has been provided, avoiding the necessity to pass directly through the concrete works. Although not essential, use of this ‘permissive’ path is now recommended. Before D, instead of turning right off the disused railway path by the container, turn left and follow the gravel path into the woodland opposite, within the rear boundary of the works. Reconnect with the the main route by crossing the stile out into open countryside after D, as stated..


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