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These Books were made for Walking!

A collection of local (to the Cotswolds) books with a walking theme, so get out and take to the paths.

       
The Winchcombe Way is a figure-of-eight trail centred on Winchcombe. The way marked trail is designed to show walkers the hidden gems of the northern Cotswolds. The landscape is constantly changing and reveals the charm of the Cotswolds.
 A roughly diamond shaped walk visiting many small villages using quiet footpaths.   Stretches from Northleach in the south to near Chipping Campden in the north, Guiting Power in the west to near Bourton-on-the-Water in the east.
 30 Short Walks in the imaginative and scenic route through rural Gloucestershire,  Follow the route of the North Cotswold Diamond Way which is marked on OS Explorer Map OL45
'The Gustav Holst Way' is the first guidebook to describe the 35-mile rambling route across the Cotswolds to celebrate the life and work of the composer Gustav Holst. Published exactly 100 years after Holst began work on The Planets, the route visits many of the places that were important to the young Holst as his musical career took wing.
       
A Walk through the History of Gotherington are four separate booklets that provide a series of walks around the village.
The map in each booklet link together to make one complete walk
       
 The Cotswold Hills are delightfully peppered with warm honey-stone architecture. These houses inspired William Morris to form the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Its churches, built on wool-wealth from sheep, are without equal. Fascinating information panels provide anecdotes and facts about the places you will see. All routes have been checked out on the ground and use rights of way or cross public access land. Many of these paths are incorporated into recognised long-distance trails, several of which we sample.  The north-south hill range we call the Malvern Hills is unique in England, a sort of miniature mountain range of very ancient rocks that rises out of comparatively lowly territory on all sides.  A Boot up the Brecon Beacons is a collection of ten easy to moderate walks in and around the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park. They are especially written with families and groups of friends in mind looking for an active and interesting day out. Local expert,Tom Hutton, takes you from the tops of the highest mountains to the floors of the most spectacular valleys, highlighting plenty of fascinating points of interest along the way.
 Two circular country walks traversing the most exciting sections of the Cotswold escarpment incorporating the Cotswold Way immediately south of Cheltenham: Devil's Chimney, four and a half miles - a leisurely paced two and a half hours; and St Paul's Epistle, four and a quarter miles - a two and a half hour walk. The walks, on well-marked footpaths and bridleways, explore ancient scarp woodland and native grassland habitats. Narrated by Mark Richards, ex-Cotswold farmer now outdoor author and illustrator.
       
 Guidebook to walking the Cotswold Way National Trail between Chipping Campden and Bath. The 102 mile route is described in both directions over 13 stages, and is a lovely walk through one of the best-loved regions of lowland Britain. The longest of the 13 stages is 10 miles, the shortest 6 miles dictated by the existence of overnight accommodation. The route became a National Trail in May 2007, despite the fact that this much-loved long distance trail has been in existence for more than 35 years. The guide is illustrated with OS mapping and the author's own full colour photographs.  All less than three miles in length, the routes spread right across the delightful Cotswold countryside and encourage strollers to find out more about the area through the discovery of its many-faceted literary associations. This book gives an original approach to walking which will appeal equally to lovers of literature and landscape.
 The Cotswold Way crosses some of the most densely populated and varied landscapes from the each period of the past. The route also has some nationally important archaeological sites along, behind and in front of it. This book introduces the serious trail walker or the local ‘single-stretch’ day rambler to the types of archaeological monuments along the Cotswold Way route. It then follows each of the six sections of the route describing the individual sites and their background along the trail. For those who wish to explore the Cotswold plateau behind the route there will be recommended archaeological walks, and for each type of walker the ‘archaeological’ panoramas in front of the Cotswold Escarpment are identified and explained.  This is a simple map containing all the information you need to make the most of your visit to the area, the Tour maps are ideal for you. These easy-to-read maps are packed with essential tourist information, town plans and scenic areas in addition to roads, rail, cycle routes and ground height information.


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