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The Cotswold Way: National Trail Guide, Anthony Burton - Following the limestone escarpment on the Western edge of the Cotswolds, the 102 miles of the Cotswold Way take the walker through a quintessentially English landscape as varied as it is beautiful. Starting and finishing among the golden Cotswold stone of Chipping Camden and Bath, and affording stunning prospects of the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and even the Black Mountains in Wales, it winds through rolling farmland, magnificent beech woodlands, and up over the austerely beautiful Cleeve Hill with its panoramic views out over Cheltenham and far beyond. With a wealth of historic interest, from Neolithic burial mounds to Roman villas and country houses, this is genuinely a walk through the heart of England. Published May 16. 

ISBN: 9781781315705 - Cotswold Way
 

The Cotswold Way, Kev Reynolds - In this up-to-date guide to the National Trail, the route is described in both directions, giving the walker a choice of start and end locations. The third edition of this guide to the 102 mile route (recently designated a National Trail) between Chipping Campden and Bath. The route meanders through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the best-loved regions of lowland Britain. The path follows the Cotswolds down their western edge with dramatic views across the Severn Vale towards the Welsh hills. Beginning in handsome Chipping Campden, the route plunges down the scarp slope to visit the honey-coloured villages and old market towns for which the district is justly famed, and ends in the World Heritage City of Bath. This new edition takes account of recent improvements made to the route, and is the perfect companion to a memorable long walk. Published March 16. 

ISBN: 9781852848163 - The Cotswold Way

 

The Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath, Tricia and Bob Hayne - All-in-one hiking route guide and maps to the Cotswold Way, a 102-mile National Trail that runs from Chipping Campden to Bath, following the beautiful Cotswold escarpment for most of its course. The trail leads through quintessentially English countryside with little villages of honey-coloured stone to the well-known town of Bath. Includes 44 large-scale maps (3 1/8 inches to 1 mile); 9 town plans and 8 overview maps. Full details of all accommodations and campsites, restaurants and pubs; plus full public transport information. Plus day-walks. Fully revised and rewalked 3rd edition. 44 large-scale walking maps - at just under 1:20,000 - showing route times, places to stay, points of interest and much more,  9 town plans - Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Painswick, Dursley, Wotton-under-Edge, and the city of Bath. 8 area maps and trail profiles. Itineraries for all walkers - whether walking the route in its entirety over seven to eight days or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. Practical information for all budgets - camping, bunkhouses, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels; Chipping Campden to Bath - where to stay, where to eat, what to see. Published January 16. 

ISBN: 9781905864706 - Cotswold Way

Cotswold Classic Walks, William Frickler - With 25 circular walks, this book will help you find a base to escape from your car and enjoy a weekend of fresh air and exercise.... Some walks offer various route options and links to other walks. How do you decide which walk to undertake? Where are the best views? Where to find solitude? This book will guide you to find a walk that suits you, whether it be a pushchair, family, dog, woodland, bluebell or a pub crawl. The maps are clear, and even if you find maps difficult to read, the instructions will get you round the walk. Published May 14.

ISBN: 9781859652305 - Cotswold Classic Walks

The Cotswolds: 40 Town and Country Walks, Dominic North - From upland outlooks and secret valleys to rolling pastures and honey stone villages, nature and history weave together in the Cotswolds to create a landscape that is the epitome of rural England. In these 40 walks Dominic North unlocks the secrets of the Cotswolds, from the hills and lanes in the north to the languid riverbanks and ancient woods of the south. Along the way discover sleepy villages, grand country houses and architectural curiosities, and then reach out to explore three of England's most celebrated cities, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. Published March 14.

ISBN: 9781907025198 - The Cotswolds

 

The Cotswold Way: An Archaeological Walking Guide, Tim Copeland - The Cotswold Way crosses some of the most densely populated and varied landscapes from the each period of the past. The route also has some nationally important archaeological sites along, behind and in front of it. This book introduces the serious trail walker or the local 'single-stretch' day rambler to the types of archaeological monuments along the Cotswold Way route. It then follows each of the six sections of the route describing the individual sites and their background along the trail. For those who wish to explore the Cotswold plateau behind the route there will be recommended archaeological walks, and for each type of walker the 'archaeological' panoramas in front of the Cotswold Escarpment are identified and explained. Published June 13.

ISBN: 9780752467283 - The Cotswold Way

AA 50 Walks: Cotswolds - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this fantastic walking guide to the Cotswolds features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the area, as well as other local points of interest. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments and every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets. Published April 13.

ISBN: 9780749573997 - Cotswolds

Collins Ramblers Short Walks in the Cotswolds - A range of practical little walk guides endorsed by the Ramblers. All the walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less that 3 hours. 20 walks are included and use clear maps to show the route plus easy to follow walk descriptions. The beautiful Cotswolds, with its rolling hills and pretty little villages, is perfect walking country. The distinctive local limestone, varying in hue from yellow to cream to gold, inspired J B Priestley to say that the stone from which the characteristic dry stone walls and pretty little houses are built have 'the trick of keeping the lost sunlight of centuries glimmering upon them'. This guide, produced in co-operation with the Ramblers and featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, is the perfect way to really appreciate the gentle beauty of this area. This compact little guide contains walks, all of which are 5 miles or under, which are ideal for an afternoon stroll. Published  April 14
 

ISBN: 9780007359424 - Short Walks in the Cotswolds 

Discover the Cotswolds, Roy Woodcock - The 20 walks included in this book are chosen to see a wide range of Cotswold towns and villages and to walk across stunning scenery and visit many historic locations. It has been a particular village, landscape or historic feature which has determined the choice of walks, including such locations as the Roman villa at Chedworth, the old canal at Sapperton, Fairford church, Woodchester Mansion, the amazing water features of the Cotswold Water Park. These walks are not intended to be strenuous. Although a steep hill may be encountered in a few of the walks, for example Wootton-under-Edge, they are mostly gentle walks, and quite short in mileage. The aim is to provide an interesting day out with a short walk, a good lunch in one of the many pubs, and a visit to a feature of interest in the area. Published June 13.

ISBN: 9781850589679 - Discover the Cotswolds

Rambles and Walking Tours in Shakespeareland and The Cotswolds, Hugh E Page - Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing many of these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. Published March 11.
 

ISBN: 9781446540572 - Rambles and Walking Tours in Shakespeareland and the Cotswolds

Pocket Pub Walks The Cotswolds, Nigel Vile - The fifteen circular walks in this book range between 3 to 6 and a half miles, taking you through the beautiful scenery of the Cotswold's. The books handy size fits neatly into a pocket and is in full colour. The routes give the walker the chance to experience The Cotswolds at their very best. Along the way there are many interesting places to see. Published May 11. 

ISBN: 9781846742262 - Pocket Pub Walks the Cotswolds

 

Cheltenham Circular Footpath, Richard Laycock and Peter Rollins - The footpath detailed in this guide is 25 miles long and based on existing rights of way. The walk has been upgraded and waymarked by the Ramblers Association and is divided into 12 parts, each with its own map and notes. Published June 96.

Cheltenham Circular Footpath

 

102 Miles, Seven Days: Three Seniors Walk the Cotswold Way, Joan Quinn -  3 seniors, all over 65, successfully walk the Cotswold Way. This book is part description, part explanation of how to undertake and complete this adventure. Published May 12.

North Cotswold Classic Walks, William Fricker - 10 circular walks in the northern Cotswolds to and from pubs, hotels and tea rooms Walks graded from easy to medium - none are too difficult Laminated for foul-weather protection Each route has an easy-to-use fold-out map Clear directions. Published March 12

 

 

Basford's Walking Guides, Jilly Macleod - Batsford's Walking Guides is an exciting new gift series of walking books, aimed at the weekend, family walker. These small-format, portable, hardback books have an attractive retro feel, with nostalgic line drawings and hand-drawn maps. Each of the 20 walks have been carefully selected to appeal to family walkers, most are circular and none are too strenuous. Each walk contains the following: * Clear, easy-to-follow route directions * Detailed hand-drawn maps * Refreshments and pubs * Parking information * OS map references In addition, each walk contains information on wildlife, or other special attractions to watch out for while walking. The ideal gift for anyone wanting to explore the countryside within easy reach of London. Published March 11.

ISBN: 9781906388850 - The Cotswolds 

Shakespeare Country, the Vale of Evesham and Cotswold Walks, Brian Conduit - This Jarrold Ordnance Survey Pathfinder guide embraces the region to the north of the Cotswolds traditionally known as 'Shakespeare Country'. The 28 walks are colour coded to match ability to the likely degree of difficulty. Published March 98.

Walking in the Cotswolds, Damien Hall - This guide's 30 walks are set throughout the idyllic Cotswolds in southern England, and include 14 circular routes on the Cotswold Way National Trail. Leading to stout hills and secret valleys, and giving plenty of remoteness, wilderness and epic views, they take in spectacular sights and show that there is real hill country to be found here.  Published April 14. 
 

ISBN: 9781852846923 - Walking in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds Short Walks, Jarrold 4th Edition, Nick Channer - The Cotswolds extend from near Stratford-upon-Avon in the north to Wotton-under-Edge, near Bath, in the South. The name 'Cotswold' has a cosy ring to it-bringing to mind traditionally English images of cottages, lush green fields and rolling hills. It derives from the Saxon, meaning wooded hollows hidden amid gentle hills, which is still an accurate description today. The Cotswold landscape and its buildings owe everything to the underlying bedrock. Honey-coloured limestone characterises the region's picturesque churches and cottages, including picture-book Bourton-on-the-Water, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Bibury, Burford and Minchinhampton.  Published November 09. Cotswold Walks, Brian Conduit - sequel to the best-selling Pathfinder Cotswolds Walks. The combination of idyllic stone villages and small towns in gentle, rolling countryside make the Cotswolds quintessentially 'English'. Cotswold stone varies in colour, depending on the area, ranging from light grey through to pale cream, honey and light brown, and this natural variation in the limestone is what helps towns and villages such as Castle Combe, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Arlington, Broadway, Chipping Campden, Snowshill and Stanton, all featured in walks in this guide, blend so attractively into the natural surroundings. Published August 09.

More Cotswold Walks, Brian Conduit and Nick Channer - This companion volume to the tremendously popular Pathfinder Cotswolds Guide, features 28 great country walks set amid the stunning pastoral scenery that stretches from the north of Somerset to the borders of Worcester and Warwickshire. This particular title takes in the western part of the area to include the Vale of Severn. Published October 09.
Cotswold Way, Mark Richards - one of the original creators of the Cotswold Way, Mark walks the 104 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath, pointing out the various attractions and talking to those he meets along the way.  Includes detailed maps, including the official direction changes made in 1998. Cover features a painting by David Bellamy. Published January 95. Literary Strolls in the Cotswolds, Gordon Ottewell - The 40 walks of up to 3 miles encourage walkers to find out more about the Cotswold countryside through the discovery of its literary associations. Published October 99.

Oxfordshire Walks: Oxford, the Cotswolds and the Cherwell Valley, Nick Moon. Published May 98.

Pubwalks in the Cotswolds, Colin Handy - Whether new to walking or looking for a challenge, readers will have no difficulty in following these footpaths and bridle ways to a worthwhile watering hole. Easy to follow and never too far, each walk is laid out in such a way that planning a "pub stop" is simplicity itself. This book takes readers to traditional pubs and inns where they can be sure of receiving the traditional "Cotswold" welcome.  Published June 03.

St Kenelm's Way, Gerry Stewart -  Saint Kenelm is one of the most important Saints of medieval England, one referred to in the Canterbury Tales and venerated throughout England.  His legend identifies him as a member of the royal family of Mercia, a boy King and martyr, murdered to further the interests of an ambitious relative. After his body was concealed, it came to light by virtue of miraculous intervention and was transported by the Monks of Winchcombe to a major shrine where it remained for several hundred years. The two places most commonly associated with the legend of Kenelm are the Clent Hills, south of Birmingham, identified as the scene of his murder and and the small Gloucestershire town of Winchcombe, near Cheltenham where his body was eventually interred. Kenelm's Way is a  newly devised sixty mile walk which link these places and recalls the journey recorded as being taken by the monks of St. Peter's Abbey, Winchcombe, with the Saint's remains. It is a journeys across many memorable landscapes, visiting numerous ancient villages, passing by several places of historic interest. Limited availability. Published January 03.

Cotswold Classic Walks, William Fricker - There are 25 circular walks. The walks are categorized as easy, moderate or strenuous with recommendations for families, pub lovers, dog walkers and much more... A selection of places to stay the night or to stop for lunch and each route has an easy-to-use map with clear directions. The book is beautifully illustrated with photography of the local area. The Cotswolds is an area with lots of natural beauty and is an ideal rolling landscape for a variety of walks, many with excellent views. The walks included can be combined to make a longer route and we have provided details of places where you can stop for refreshments or stay the night if you are simply visiting for a short break. Limited availability.  Published March 10. Walks around Stow on the Wold, Mark Richards -  This guide presents the opportunity to take a grand eight-mile circular walk, starting from Stow-on-the-Wold and visiting all the nearby villages. The overall distance may be divided into several shorter excursions.  Published May 91.

Cotswold and Severn Vale Walking Routes, Mark Turner - 10 circular walks all in full colour with easy t follow maps with details on wildlife and historic places.  Published December 00.

The Echo's Cotswold Walks, Christopher Knowles - The walks in this illustrated Reardon guide are collected from the "Lifestyle" supplement of the "Gloucestershire Echo". These family walks are from three to five miles long, cover some of the most attractive hidden byways of the Cotswolds and include places of refreshment along the way. Limited availability. Published May 93.

Paws for History, Helen Peacocke - 35 dog friendly pubs and walks in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.  Published May 10. Limited availability.

Paws Under the Table, Helen Peacocks - 40 Dog-Friendly Pubs and Walks from Oxford to the Cotswolds. Published April 09. Limited availability.
 

Paws Along the Way, Helen Peacocke - Another 35 Dog-Friendly Pubs and Walks in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Published May 11. Limited availability.

 

Drive and Stroll in the Cotswolds, Richard Shurey - Twenty short circular routes for those who enjoy a country drive to an attractive spot for a refreshing walk. Includes routes at Winchcombe, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bibury. With maps and photographs. Limited availability. Published April 05.

Drive and Stroll in the Cotswolds

Long Distance Paths in the Cotswolds, James Blockley - A guide to long distance paths in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, produced to make it easier for people to design their own walking experience. It brings together the major long distance paths across the AONB, highlighting the links between them and encouraging more people to access and enjoy the Cotswolds in the most sustainable and fulfilling way they can. Published January 13. Limited availability.

ISBN: 9781874192671 - Long Distance Paths in the Cotswolds

Wysis Way, Offa's Dyke to the Thames Path, - Gerry Stewart - linking the Rivers Wye, Severn and Thames and two National Trails, Offa's Dyke Path and the Thames Path. From Monmouth the Wysis Way runs for 55 miles to the Isis, the infant River Thames, rising from the limestone high in the Cotswolds.  Limited availability. Published January 98.

THE WYSIS WAY

 

Cotswold Way, The Two-way National Trail Description, Kev Reynolds - This is the third edition of this guide to the 102-mile route (recently designated a National Trail) between Chipping Campden and Bath. The route meanders through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the best-loved regions of lowland Britain. The path follows the Cotswolds down their western edge with dramatic and far-reaching views across the Severn Vale towards the Welsh hills. Beginning in handsome Chipping Campden, not only does the route explore the sheep-grazed escarpment, it plunges down the scarp slope on numerous occasions to visit the honey-coloured villages and old market towns for which the district is justly famed, and ends in the World Heritage City of Bath. The route is described in both directions, giving the walker a choice of start and end locations. This new edition takes account of improvements made to the route for its launch as a National Trail, and is the perfect companion to a memorable long walk. Limited availability.  Published July 07.

The Cotswold Way: Two-way National Trail Description (British Long-distance Trails S.)

A Boot Up The Cotswolds, Rodney Legg.  Limited availability. Published June 11.

Cotswold Riverwalks, Colin Handy - 16 circular walks of between 2 and 7 miles, on the rivers Churn, Coln, Isbourne, Leach, Thames, Windrush, Evenlode and Eye, offering the chance to view the daily life of the riverbank animals, birds and fish. Limited availability. Published June 94.

MORE MAPS

AA Walkers Map of The Cotswolds - Covering an area of 50 sq.k and with a large scale of 1:25,000, this map has the familiar look and style of OS mapping, with improved coverage of the featured areas. Aimed at outdoor enthusiasts in particular, the level of details ensures nothing gets missed and you won't get lost. Published April 12

ISBN: 9780749573348 - The Cotswolds

AA Leisure Map The Cotswolds - A range of 30 AA sheet maps utilising the 1:50,000 data supplied by the Ordnance Survey. The Leisure series uses optimised map coverage centered on the more popular areas of the country for leisure activities, including towns and rural areas. Published April 12

Cotswold Map-guide (Goldeneyemap-Guide). Published March 11

Cotswold Way XT40 Harvey Walkers Route. Published July 14

Philip's Red Book of the Cotswolds. Published April 12

A-Z Cotswolds & Chilterns Visitors' Map. Published March 14

South Cotswolds Walks, Goldeneye Map. Published May 05

Cotswold Way Map, Reardon. Published Oct 96

 

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