The Cotswold Way is a 102-mile long-distance footpath, running along the Cotswold Edge escarpment of the Cotswold Hills in England.


Officially inaugurated as a National Trail in May 2007, it is managed by Cotswold AONB who "Help to keep the Cotswolds National Landscape special".


For those embarking on the Cotswold Way Trail, The Cotswold Way Cafe is the perfect pit stop for a well-earned light bite and refreshing drink.


Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill – 5.6 miles (9 Km)

Section 4 of 15 North to South / 12 of 15 South to North

The National Trail leaves Winchcombe through the Sudeley Estate, climbing steadily along field paths up to the ancient Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knap. 

The route then follows a path steeply down through Breakheart Plantation past Postlip Hall, before climbing again up towards Cleeve Common where you can seek refreshment and a light bite to eat at THE COTSWOLD WAY CAFE at Cleeve Hill.

This section has 1082 feet (330 metres) of ascent and 476 feet (145 metres) of descent.


Cleeve Hill to Dowdeswell –

5.5 miles (8.9 Km)

Section 5 of 15 North to South / 11 of 15 South to NorthNorth to South / 11 of 15 South to North

Heading south from THE COTSWOLD WAY CAFE, you are now on the highest part of the entire Trail. The route continues across Cleeve Common with extensive views over Cheltenham and far beyond. The Cotswold Way then passes through Bill Smylie’s butterfly reserve and on to quiet lanes, before starting the descent through Dowdeswell Wood to the reservoir – one of the few places where the native white clawed crayfish can still be found.

There are only 325 feet (99 metres) of ascent and 604 feet (249 metres) of descent on this section