Cotswold Way takes a different route

The first major route change on the Cotswold Way National Trail for the last three years has opened through Lineover Wood near Cheltenham.

The previous route from Ravensgate Common to Dowdeswell Reservoir followed a very steep and hazardous path down Ravensgate Hill. The new route now uses existing footpaths to keep to a higher level across the common, following the top of the escarpment through Lineover Wood and descending a more manageable slope before re-joining the old route through the eastern edge of the woods.

The new route is safer and more sustainable, and also gives some wider ranging views from the top of the common and east of Lineover Wood. The route change has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of a number of Cotswold Voluntary Wardens - the volunteer arm of the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Details of maps and directions for the new route heading north to south can be found here

Details of maps and directions for the new route heading south to north can be found here

Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswold Way stretches 102 miles from Chipping Campden in the north of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to Bath in the south.
  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: