The Best Autumn Strolling Spots in the Cotswolds

Autumn is a magical time of year to visit the Cotswolds. As the leaves change and a chill creeps into the air, it’s the perfect time to take an autumnal stroll. Here at Lords of the Manor, one of the finest Cotswolds hotels, we know a thing or two about the beautiful local area. To help you find your way around the wonderful surroundings of our home of Upper Slaughter, we’ve put together a handy guide to our favourite autumn walking spots.

Batsford Arboretum

The 56-acre arboretum at Batsford is home to one of the largest private tree collections in the UK, with planting that ensures a dazzling display all year round. Batsford is renowned particularly for trees which originate in Japan and China – reflecting the passion of the wonderfully named Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, who was the original mastermind of the arboretum. Autumn is a magical time to take a stroll around the arboretum, bringing with it a riot of autumnal colour as well as an abundance of berries. Follow the route through the arboretum and take in the amazing sights – and one of the best plant shops in Gloucestershire.

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason; it is absolutely stunning. The park was expertly designed by the infamous 18th century master of landscaping; Capability Brown and boasts over 2,000 acres of gorgeous grounds to explore. With fantastic sights to see along the way, including the Secret Garden, the Water Terraces, Vanbrugh’s Bridge, the Column of Victory and so much more; the four peaceful walking routes around Blenheim’s world famous grounds are a highlight of a trip to the Cotswolds.

Lake and Grand Cascade

A circular walk of one mile / 45 minutes over uneven terrain takes you up to the Grand Cascade and around the Great Lake. Please note dogs are not permitted on this route.

The Formal Gardens

This slightly longer walk stretches one and a half miles, and taking roughly one hour. Follow the signs from the Water Terraces, past the Temple of Diana and Churchill Memorial Garden towards the Rose Garden.

Queen Pool

This is a beautiful 1.5 mile circular walk, taking in the sweeping views around the Queen Pool.

The Park Perimeter

This is the longest walking route at Blenheim, spanning approximately five miles. Enter the grounds through the gate at Woodstock, and head towards the Pleasure Gardens.

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Winchcombe and Belas Knap

Just half an hour from Lords of the Manor’s home of Upper Slaughter, Winchcombe is another popular Cotswolds village. This particular walk takes you from the heart of the delightful village up to Belas Knap; a Neolithic long barrow. The long barrow consists of a number of burial chambers, among which bones dating back almost 6,000 years have been discovered. Belas Knap is a beautiful and fascinating stop along the walk, which also offers views down to Sudeley Castle; an ancient residence with an illustrious history spanning the centuries.  

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Bourton on the Water and Wyck Rissington

This 4-mile circular route takes you through the picturesque villages of Bourton on the Water and Wyck Rissington. On your walk through the two quaint villages, you will encounter a number of bodies of water. These are the picturesque River Windrush which makes up the ‘water’ portion of Bourton on the Water; the lakes at the Cotswold Carp Farm; and finally two of the shortest rivers in the Cotswolds; the River Eye and the River Dickler. You will also pass the Norman church in Wyck Rissington, where composer Gustav Holst worked as an organist and choirmaster as a teenager for a measly wage of just £4 a year! Handily, the starting point for this walk in Bourton is just a ten-minute drive (or 40-minute walk for the adventurous among you!) from Lords of the Manor.

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This is just a small taste of the beautiful walks you can take in the Cotswolds, but it’s enough to keep you busy for a few days. You’ll definitely need a place to wind down and relax after all of that walking, so why not book in to one of the best hotels in the Cotswolds? Book direct here or call Lords of the Manor on 01451 820243 to enquire today.