Ancient settlements, an Iron Age hill fort and the wonderful autumn colours of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are all waiting to be discovered during the October half term break.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is providing a programme of short family strolls across the AONB, which are designed to provide families with the chance to get out and about over the school holidays.

"The walks will provide an ideal opportunity for families to find out more about the countryside around them and to enjoy the autumn colours in the Cotswolds" said Dave Scott, one of the Cotswolds Conservation Board's 340 Voluntary Wardens.

The strolls are led by voluntary wardens and representatives of a range of local conservation organisations and are ideal for younger members of the family. Covering short distances at an easy pace, each walk focuses on a particular theme, such as wildlife or woodlands.

It is all part of a wider walks programme that can be found in the Cotswold Conservation Board's newspaper, The Cotswold Lion.

Visit pages 8-11 of the online version of the Lion for the walks listings (half term walks are highlighted in pink and bear a family logo), or pick a copy of the Cotswold Lion up from your local Tourist Information Centre / library.

Unfortunately due to the nature of the walks, dogs will not be allowed.


Notes to editors:

Please refer to the separate flyer sent to you alongside this press release for dates and times of walks. The full walks listings in the Cotswold Lion newspaper are available online at or available on request from the Conservation Board Offices. Tel: 01451 862000. The walks are also listed in the 'Enjoying the Cotswolds' section of our website at

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is cared for by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation with 40 members, 17 nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 15 appointed by Government.

The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.

Contact: Becky Jones / Claire Cunningham Tel: 01451 862000

Cotswolds Conservation Board, Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH. Tel: 01451 862000