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Heart of the Cotswolds
Christopher Knowles  
03 May 2017
UK price £14.99
84pp, 150 x 220mm, 240g

Heart of the Cotswolds


Christopher Knowles

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“Waterproof paper, clear mapping, excellent photography and a knowledgeable text ”- Outdoor Focus

The Cotswolds is the quintessential heart of England, with its rich cultural history, medieval ‘wool’ churches and charming domestic architecture of stone, slate and thatch. The book offers three options for walking circuits at the centre of this wonderful area: the longest is a 94-mile (151-km) grand tour starting from Cheltenham, likely to take eight days. There are two shorter circuits that cater for walkers who want to spend six or four days. There are good rail links from London, Oxford and Birmingham and lots of welcoming pubs and B&Bs.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Heart of the Cotswolds:

  • detailed route description, plus summaries with distance, terrain and food/drink stops
  • large-scale mapping (1:50,000) on 20 pages
  • planning information for transport and accommodation
  • detail about Cotswold stone, sheep and wildlife
  • the culture of the Cotswold region
  • lavishly illustrated, with 110 colour photographs
  • rucksack-friendly format, printed on rainproof paper.
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Excerpt from Part 1 (Planning)
2.4 Habitats and wildlife
3.1 Cheltenham to Winchcombe

Reviewed in Outdoor Focus magazine Autumn 2017

Waterproof paper, clear 1:50,000 mapping, excellent photography and a knowledgeable text. …[It] has everything you would want from a practical, rucksack-friendly guidebook.

The author has been organising walking holidays in the Cotswolds for over twenty years, so he should know his stuff. He has devised three new walking routes in this new guide to the delectable
Cotswold country. The eight-day Grand Circuit covers 94 miles from Cheltenham via Broadway, Moreton, Bourton and Cirencester; while the 45-mile Winchcombe Circuit goes to Broadway, Moreton and Bourton; and the Cheltenham Circuit covers 58 miles.

Roly Smith, Outdoor Focus Autumn 2017, p12

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GPX route file

This short video (under 3 minutes) illustrates features of the guidebook.

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