To mark the launch of the new Cotswold Way poster collection, gathering together posters of the places on this famous path, here’s a bit of info about the route and the places it goes through.
The Cotswold Way is a long-distance footpath that runs for about 102 miles (164 km) through the Cotswold Hills in England. The route of the Cotswold Way starts in Chipping Campden, a picturesque market town in the north of the Cotswolds, and ends in Bath, a historic city in the south.
Along the way, the Cotswold Way passes through some of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the Cotswolds. The route takes walkers through rolling hills and lush green valleys, past charming villages, historic sites, and picturesque landscapes. A large portion of the Cotswold Way runs along the Cotswold escarpment with views across to Wales, and over several Iron Age hill forts.
The Cotswold Way is a well-marked and well-maintained footpath, and it is suitable for most walkers. The route is typically divided into stages or sections, each of which can be completed in a day or two – see them all here. The entire route can be completed in about a week, but many walkers choose to take their time and enjoy the scenery and attractions along the way.
It attracts thousands of walkers from all over the world each year. The route offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and history of the Cotswold Hills, and it is a must-do for anyone who loves walking and the great outdoors.
Along the way, the Cotswold Way passes through a number of towns and villages, each with its own unique character and attractions. Some of the towns and villages that the Cotswold Way goes through include:
- Chipping Campden: The starting point of the Cotswold Way, Chipping Campden is a charming town with historic buildings, independent shops, and a weekly market.
- Broadway: A popular tourist destination, Broadway is known for its beautiful village green, historic buildings, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside from Broadway Tower.
- Winchcombe: A historic market town, Winchcombe is famous for its wool industry and its association with King Alfred the Great.
- Painswick: A beautiful Cotswold village, Painswick is known for its honey-colored stone houses, its Gothic church with a yew tree avenue.
- Stroud: A bustling market town, Stroud is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, its independent shops and cafes, and its picturesque canal as well as open spaces like Selsley Common.
- Dursley: A small town with a rich history, Dursley is home to a medieval castle and a number of interesting independent shops and businesses.
- North Nibley: A picturesque village it is known for its thatched cottages and its ancient hill fort and home of the Tyndale Monument.
- Wotton-under-Edge: A small town with a long history, Wotton-under-Edge is known for its independent shops and lively high street, and its weekly market.
- Hawkesbury Upton: Another lovely-looking Cotswold village with a couple of pubs and its own monument nearby, the Somerset Monument.
- Marshfield: A small village located near the River Avon, Marshfield is known for its beautiful countryside and its historic church.
- Dyrham: A small village located near the Cotswold escarpment, Dyrham is known for its beautiful countryside and its historic National Trust run park and house.
- Bath: The final destination of the Cotswold Way, Bath is a historic city famous for its Roman baths, its Georgian architecture, and its cultural attractions.
It’s a great way to see some of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the region, and it is a must-do for anyone who loves walking and the great outdoors.
Take a look at the full Cotswold Way poster collection here.