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What to Expect
Timings and Structure:

The recommended start time is 9.30am with an estimated finish time between 5-6pm. Make your way to one of the suggested start points indicated on the Trail maps. Each Trail takes a day long to complete with a total driving time of between 2-2.5 hours. The rest of the day will be you exploring on foot. A lunch stop is built in to these timings.

South Trail: 

Bibury - Regarded by many as the most picturesque village in England. 

Chedworth - A beautiful village hidden in a valley. 

Painswick Beacon - A short walk to stunning 360 degree views and the ancient remains of an Iron Age fort. 

Painswick - Known as the Queen of the Cotswolds, there is so much to discover here. 

Minchinhampton - A charming little medieval village. 

Badminton - Famous for the Horse Trials, the architecture is very different here to the rest of the Cotswolds. 

Sherston - An ancient market town with a wide thoroughfare. 

Tetbury - This little Cotswold town is brimming with charm and history. 

Source of the River Thames - Yes, the great big river in London has its source here. You can find it with a short 10 minute walk. 

Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre - The Romans left their mark all over the Cotswolds. This is the biggest example of it.

North Trail:

Burford - The view as you enter the town from the top of the hill is incredible. 

Bourton-on-the-Water - The River Windrush runs through the heart of the village setting a wonderful scene. 

The Slaughters - Picture postcard stuff. 

Stow-on-the-Wold - A bustling ancient market town with loads going on. 

Chipping Campden - Stunningly beautiful hughstreet with loads of interesting things to discover. 

Broadway Tower - A grand folly with spectacular views. 

Winchcombe - Another town with epic historical tales and architecture to match. 

Belas Knap - The oldest of monument on the Trails dating back 5000 years. It's a 10 minute rural walk to find it. 

Northleach - Much fascinating ancient and modern history to discover here. 

Mode of Transport: 

The Trails are designed to be completed by a car and on foot. Your own car or a rental suitable for your group size. 

Whats involved: 

Follow the directions on the maps to complete the Trails. Along the way you uncover loads of interesting information about your surroundings and have to keep you wits about you to answer questions as you move around and explore each location. Pack contains other goodies including pens paper, car stickers, additional challenges and activities for younger children.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Badminton GL9 1AJ, UK
2: Cirencester Rd, Tetbury GL8 8EP, UK
3: Cotswold Ave, Cirencester GL7 1XW, UK
4: The St, Bibury, Cirencester GL7 5NP, UK
5: Stroud Rd, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6UT, UK
6: Northleach, Cheltenham GL54 3EG, UK
7: Burford OX18 4RY, UK
8: Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham GL54 2AY, UK
9: Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1AF, UK
10: Chipping Campden GL55 6AN, UK
11: Dents Terrace, Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5LN, UK
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Cotswold Discovery Trail Maps
  • Kids Cotswolds Challenge
  • Local Logo Challenge
  • Compass
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Car Sticker
  • We do not provide the vehicle for you to complete the Trails in.
  • You will also need some small change for some town car parks.
  • No guarantees of good weather.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All town walks are easy for all the family to complete. Some rural walks on the Trails will be longer and involve moderately rough tracks through fields and woodland going up hills at times, for example Belas Knap and Chedworth Roman Villa walks.These maybe restrictive for the elderly. For all the walks consider appropriate footwear.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 17 July 2019

A brilliant way to see the highlights of the Cotswolds and great to have a plan and route to follow, especially when there's 4 of you deciding what to do for the day! We really enjoyed the extra information the map/trail offered. Great fun and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank sarahweyman
Reviewed 6 March 2019

My husband and I recently moved back to the Cotswolds and thought the Cotswold Discovery Trail would be the perfect way to explore the surrounding areas. We were amazed at the quality of the pack when it arrived - it’s beautifully presented and contains everything...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank EmmaCanning
Reviewed 6 February 2019

These trails are a great way to get to know more about the Cotswolds. We dipped in and out of the trails on our holiday and learned so much more about the places we visited, even though we had visited some before. Our 10 year...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Raring2goBBB
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

This is a brilliant way to get the whole family working together as a team, outside in the fresh air, and most importantly away from screens and gadgets. Lovely way of spending time together as a family and learning more about the Cotswolds. Highly recommended....More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank hellenandgang8
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

We followed the North Trail with our two children, aged 11 and 10. Despite being regular visitors to the Cotswolds the trail took us to lots of new destinations, as well as some old favourites. The adults appreciated the many opportunities to get out and...More

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1 August 2019|
Response from Raring2goBBB | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Sorry for such a late response! Yes you can certainly just go at your own pace - that's the best way! You may already have visited by now, so I hope you had a fabulous time here in the UK? Best wishes, Shirley
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