Cotswolds Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays The Cotswolds guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
Jurassic limestone gives The Cotswolds their distinctive character and an underlying unity in its use as a building material throughout the area. The limestone lies in a sloping plateau with a steep scarp slope in the west drained by short streams in deep cut wooded valleys, and a gentle dip slope which forms the headwaters of the Thames. This gentle slope has a maze of lanes connecting picturesque streamside villages built predominantly from local stone. The Cotswold Hills rise gently west from the broad, green meadows of the upper Thames to crest in a dramatic escarpment above the Severn valley and Evesham Vale. The Chilterns is England at its most mellow, the landscape drawing a unique warmth and richness from the famous stone beauty of its buildings.
The Cotswolds are nationally important for their rare limestone grassland habitat and for ancient beechwoods with rich flora.
See also our Cotswold Way long-distance footpath.
“A guidebook to 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds, the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Ranging from 4 to 12 miles in length, the routes are graded from easy to strenuous, offering something for every walker. Fourteen of the routes described include sections of the Cotswold Way National Trail, a 102-mile walk that winds its way from Chipping Campden to Bath. Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 mapping. There is plenty of information on the many points of interest passed en route, including Roman ruins, ancient stone circles, Neolithic long barrows and historic villages. Also included is a useful route table summary, information on accommodation, and details on the region’s geology, landscape, plants and wildlife. Covering 790 square miles, the Cotswolds is home to lush green hills, picturesque valleys and beautiful beech woodlands. The impressive Edge – a remarkable limestone escarpment – offers ethereal views across the Vales of the Severn, Berkeley and Gloucester to the Malverns and the distant mountains of Wales.”
– Walking in the Cotswolds: 30 circular walks in the AONB (Cicerone Guide)
“The Pathfinder walking guidebook for the Cotswolds, covering parts of the Snowshill, Buckholt Wood and Burford. The selection of 28 waling routes offers interest, regional variety and balance of routes in the Cotswolds, showcasing the best walks in the area. From an easy stroll through Castle Combe to the much more challenging walks on Bredon Hill this volume contains something for everyone. Covering walks through the whole of the Cotswolds both popular and little know scenic routes including Stanway, Bourton-on-the-Water and Blenheim Park. See walk locations by Looking Inside. Discover: -28 great Cotswold walks from 2 to 10 miles – Clear, large scale Ordnance Survey route maps – GPS reference for all Cotswold waypoints – Where to park, good pubs and places of interest en route – All routes have been fully researched and written by expert outdoor writers – Beautiful photography of scenes from the walks. Pathfinder Guides are Britain’s best loved walking guides. Made with durable covers, they are the perfect companion for countryside walks throughout Britain. Each title features circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, large-scale Ordnance Survey route maps and GPS waypoints. With over 70 titles in the series, they offer essential information for walkers throughout the country.”
– Cotswolds Outstanding Circular Walks (Pathfinder Guides)
“The beautiful Cotswolds, with its rolling hills and pretty little villages, is perfect walking country. Explore this region with these 20 walks, all of which are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less than 3 hours.
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 the Cotswolds.
• 20 easy to follow walks which can be completed in 3 hours and under.
• Each walk has a detailed 1:25 000 Ordnance Survey map with the route clearly marked and a detailed description of the route.
• The walks have been chosen with issues like parking and refreshments in mind to make life easy for families.
• Packed with colour photographs of scenes you will see along the walk.
The perfect guide for afternoon walks near to Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester and Bristol.”
– Short walks in the Cotswolds (Collins Ramblers)
Click on an image below for more information on The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty guidebooks and maps, and the option of buying online:
We display rambling books first, then various books of interest for those visiting the area. We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
At the end of our display (below) we show the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure map which covers most of the Cotswolds. We show the standard quality, although it is also available in the tougher all-weather type.