Walking – The Cottage is an ideal base for walking in some of the most beautiful parts of the Cotswolds. Here you can easily access the Cotswold way, Gloucestershire way, Wardens Way, Windrush Way and Wychavon Way
Belas Knap –Belas Knapp:winchcombe. A scenic walk about 5 miles from which you will have incredible views.
The Wardens Way – A 14 mile path which starts at Winchcombe and heads up into the surrounding hills on its way to Bourton on the Water. The route passes through some of the finest small villages and hamlets in the Cotswolds, such as Guiting Power, Naunton and the Slaughters.
The eastern loop climbs out of Winchcombe and follows the Farmcote valley before entering Guiting Wood. From here it passes through quiet valleys and the tranquil villages of Cutsdean, Taddington and Snowshill. The route turns and follows the Cotswold escarpment through the villages of Buckland, Laverton and Stanton nestling at the bottom of the hill. The trail passes Stanway House and the recently restored watermill before passing Hailes Abbey on the return to Winchcombe.
The western loop ascends Langley Hill with splendid views before dropping down into Gretton and across to Alderton. From here the trail skirts around Dumbleton Hill with ever changing views before heading to Alstone. From Alstone the views ahead of wooded hills inspires one to climb Nottingham Hill and onto Cleeve Common. The vast common has rare plants and spectacular views before you head to Belas Knap long barrow and descend towards Winchcombe with fine views of Sudeley Castle and the surrounding countryside.
Cleeve Hill Common ring – A 6 mile circular walk – WALK 5 cleeve hill 040810
Sudeley Castle is a castle located near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England. The present structure was built in the 15th century and may have been on the site of a 12th-century castle. The castle has a notable garden, which is designed and maintained to a very high standard. The chapel, St. Mary’s Sudeley, is the burial place of Queen Catherine Parr (1512–1548), the sixth wife of King Henry VIII, and contains her marble tomb. Unusual for a castle chapel, St Mary’s of Sudeley is part of the local parish of the Church of England. Sudeley is also one of the few castles left in England that is still a residence. Because of this, the castle is only open to visitors on specific dates and private family quarters are closed to the public. Access to private apartments is available though through a guided tour.
Belas Knap is a neolithic chambered long barrow, situated on Cleeve Hill. It is a scheduled ancient monument in the care of English Heritage but managed by Gloucestershire County Council. “Belas” is possibly derived from the Latin word bellus, ‘beautiful’, which could describe the hill or its view. “Knap” is derived from the Old English for the top, crest, or summit of a hill.
In the 1863-1865 excavations, the skeletal remains of five children, aged between 6 months and 8 years, the skull of a young adult male, horse and pig bones and fragments of pottery and serrated flint blade were found among the rubble blocking the ‘false entrance’. Excavations in 1963 found the remains of 38 human skeletons, together with animal bones, flint implements and pottery of the end of the Neolithic period.
Stanway house and fountain – Stanway is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house, owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants. It has beautiful gardens and during the summer months the magnificent fountain plays at certain times. www.stanwayfountain.co.uk/index.html
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway(GWR, GWSR or Gloucs-Warks Steam Railway) is a volunteer-run heritage railway which runs along the Gloucestershire/Warwickshire border.
So far the GWR has reopened a total of 12 miles (along the closed railway line) between the site of Laverton Halt and Cheltenham Racecourse railway station and is currently extending to Broadway, Worcestershire.
Cotswold Farm Park is part of the 650 hectare Bemborough Farm, high on the Cotswold Hills. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is the home of Rare Breeds Conservation. They are open every day until the 22nd December. They have something for everyone, whatever the weather.
Visit nearby Cheltenham with it’s Regency town houses, characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades which line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. With its award-winning gardens, impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and its festivals of horse racing, music and literature Click on the link below for the Cheltenham – cotswold guide
Golf – Cleeve Hill Golf course is a magnificent heath land course located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. From a commanding position in the Cotswolds, breathtaking views of Broadway, Tewkesbury and Evesham are all within 10 miles
At 56 acres in size, Batsford is an intimate and romantic place to visit, with interest all year round from the first snowdrops of spring, right through to the outstanding autumn colour in October and November.
Batsford is also home to a beautiful new wooden visitor centre where you’ll find the Garden Terrace Café, Gift and Garden Shop and the Plant Centre within the walls of the Victorian kitchen garden.