Cotswold Way Guidebooks and Maps
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Trailblazer British Walking Guide: Cotswold Way All-in-one hiking route guide and maps for the Cotswold Way, a 102-mile National Trail that runs from Chipping Campden to Bath, following the beautiful Cotswold escarpment, this is the fully revised and updated 4th edition. 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 at just under 1:20,000 (3 1/8 inches to 1 mile) – showing route times, places to stay, points of interest and much more and trail profiles;
* 8 town plans – Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Painswick, Dursley, Wotton-under-Edge, and the city of Bath and 8 overview maps.
* Full details of all accommodations and campsites, teashops, restaurants and pubs with reviews.
* 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: where to eat, what to see.
* Comprehensive public transport information – for all access points on the Cotswold Way.
* Flora and fauna – four page full colour flower guide plus an illustrated section on local wildlife.
* Green hiking – understanding the local environment and minimizing our impact on it.
* Bath city guide.
– Cotswold Way: Trailblazer British Walking Guide: Practical Walking Guide from Chipping Campden to Bath
“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.”
– Cotswold Way (National Trail Guide)
“Guidebook and Ordnance Survey map booklet to walking the Cotswold Way National Trail between Chipping Campden and Bath. The 102 mile (163km) route is described in both directions over 13 stages, of between 6 and 10 miles, depending on the existence of overnight accommodation.
* A separate map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps shows the full route. Clear step-by-step route descriptions in the guide are illustrated by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. The route description links together with the map booklet at each stage along the way, and the compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack.
* A trek planner gives at a glance information about facilities, public transport and accommodation available along the Cotswold Way. The guidebook also provides background information on local geology, wildlife and history.
The Cotswold Way became a National Trail in May 2007, despite having been a much-loved walking route for more than 35 years. It follows the Cotswold escarpment, with dramatic and far-reaching views across the Severn Vale towards the Welsh hills, plunging down to visit honey-coloured villages, old market towns and the elegant and historic city of Bath.
– The Cotswold Way (Cicerone)
Notes on Buying Cotswold Way Guidebooks
We advise buying two different guidebooks. One will supplement the other in terms of clarity, additional information, etc. The cost of the additional guidebook is very little compared to the cost of the walk. The official Cotswold Way Guidebook and the Cicerone guidebook “Walking the Cotswold Way” include the relevant parts of the Ordnance Survey maps, but the Trailblazer guide has Wainwright-type strip maps and excellent route description and detailed additional information, including a wealth of info on accommodation, camping and where to eat and drink.
Cotswold Way Maps
There should be no need of maps if buying two guidebooks. However, there is the Cotswold Way Adventure Atlas, which has all the OS maps for the walk in one booklet. For those who wish to roam further afield, or, like us, adore maps, Ordnance Survey provide the service of online maps, which you can use on all your devices. Costs around £20 – £25 per year for all maps across the UK for a year. Great value. The path is marked by name on the relevant “Explorer” maps. Click on the link:
Ordnance Survey Maps Online