Top 10 dog walks in The Cotswolds holiday cottages


Top 10 dog walks in The Cotswolds

Ed 12 September 2019

The Cotswolds is simply hound heaven – we think that the green valleys, wide-open plains, deep woodlands and snaking rivers would all be quite at home in a picture book. The lush hills and market towns have inspired artists for centuries and it is also bound to bewitch you and your dogs. So charming are the Cotswolds, once you and your pooch have visited, you are bound to return again and again to recapture that sense of wonder.

We all love a walk in the countryside whether it’s a county-straddling trek or a short bout of exploration in the countryside. We have compiled a guide to the best dog wals in the region to embark upon with our four-legged chums – all of them within the boundaries of the spectacular Cotswolds AONB. Go fetch!

Read on to sniff out our top 10 dog walks in the Cotswolds for yourself.

1. Broadway and the Tower

Broadway Tower

If you are staying at one of our self-catering holiday cottages in Broadway, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to walk up to Broadway Tower Country Park. The tower itself is an eye-catching edifice, grand in structure, that commands spectacular views of the Cotswolds. The country park is a great place to exercise your dog and enjoy the lovely surroundings. Seek out the memorial, built to commemorate the loss of a bomber crew that crashed nearby whilst on a training mission for an extra local perspective.

Located near the village of Broadway, this tower is one of the more popular attractions in the Cotswolds. This walk begins in the centre of the village and continues to Broadway Tower Country Park before heading back. You and your pet will be able to take in some amazing views of the nearby countryside in addition to viewing the historic tower. You could also visit a memorial commemorating the crew of a Whitley bomber that crashed in the nearby area (in 1943) during a training mission 200 yards from the tower. There is a decent circuit from the High Street in Broadway. Look out for the deer herd in the country park and keep doggo under control.

Why your dog will love Broadway Tower Country Park:

Terrain: Mild hills, covered pathways, lawns and fields too.

Difficulty: 🐕

Distance: 7 miles (circuit)

Ideal for: Historians and a springtime/autumn stroll with loved ones. Also, check out the nuclear bunker if you can leave the hound to play and exercise with your partner.

In addition: You'll find a lovely café and WCs at the park visitor centre, so you won’t get too hungry during your visit.

Stay nearby:

The Bell Yard, Broadway  

The Bell Yard

Sleeping 2 dogs and 4 humans

Characterful Cotswold stone cottage in the heart of Broadway. Perfect for a gorgeous escape with the family!

2. Tewkesbury Abbey and riverside walks


Tewkesbury is a market town on the western edge of The Cotswolds. It’s the site of an 11th-century abbey which has some lovely grounds and large open space beyond for your dog to run and play unheeded. There’s even a section of stream that works as a dog-magnet so maybe pack a towel to wipe soggy paws.

Near to the abbey are the water meadows and a confluence of the River Severn and Avon. There is an endless choice of riverside walks, all pleasant, at the northern edge of the town where you’ll encounter old mill buildings and historical battle sites from the War of the Roses in the 1400s and the English Civil War of the 16th century. For our favourite walk, head to Victoria Gardens and head east along the Severn Way that follows the banks of the River Avon.  The path diverts into the centre of the town before heading west at Tewkesbury Marina, where the Severn meets the Avon. Head out of Tewkesbury and the trail eventually goes under the M50. This is a good spot to do a U-turn and enjoy the walk from the other direction. But you can walk as far as you like – the Severn Way is 210 miles long in total.

Why your dog will love Tewkesbury:

Terrain: Gentle tow-paths along with waterways and grassy meadows await you and the woofer.

Difficulty: 🐕

Distance: 3 miles (circuit)

Ideal for: Historians who love battlefields and old buildings will simply love the Severn Way walk.

In addition: There are WCs in Victoria Park, and part of the walk follows the upper half of Tewkesbury’s High Street.

Stay nearby:

Halfpenny Horn Retreat, near Tewkesbury (9 miles) 

Half Penny

Sleeps 1 dog and 2 humans

A superb prospect for a romantic holiday, this detached barn is just what you need. An easy drive into the heart of lovely Tewkesbury, you, your partner and your dog will love this historical spot on the fringes of The Cotswolds AONB.

3. Chipping Campden Circuit

Chipping Campden

Part of this delightful circuit is made up by the Cotswolds Way National Trail, taking in the simply charming market town of Chipping Campden. The trail winds through shady woodlands, and some stunning Cotswold countryside scenery. Chipping Campden’s High Street is arguably the UK’s prettiest - it’s certainly got a lot of competition in the region too for this accolade.

Head past the ruins of Old Campden House and the 14th-century Town Hall – a walk around really is a treat for dogs that appreciate fine architecture. For an alternative walk close to Chipping Campden you could head to the local beauty spot, Dovers Hill, home to the Cotswolds’ Olympick Games and a superb view across the Vale of Evesham.  

Why your dog will love the Chipping Campden Circuit:

Terrain: Some steep sections

Difficulty: 🐕🐕

Distance: 4.5 miles (circuit)

Ideal for: Visitors who love seeing a Cotswold stone-gilded market town at its best. The walk also rises high above the town to take in some amazing views.

In addition: There are public WCs in the town centre as well as a large choice of eateries.

Stay nearby:

The Plough House, Chipping Campden  

Plough House

Sleeps 1 dog and 5 humans

This historic Cotswold townhouse places you front and centre in the vibrant market town of Chipping Campden. Stylishly furnished with a modern twist, treat yourself and your pampered pooch to a stay in a cosy Cotswold holiday cottage this year.

4. The Eye of Windrush and Slaughter circular, Bourton-on-the-Water

eye of windrush

This circular walk follows the course of the Windrush River before its ascension off the ridge to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter, where you will meet the River Eye. Follow The Wardens Way back into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water. The chocolate-box-beautiful village is a wonderful spot to stop for a refreshing spot of lunch.

Why your dog will love The Eye of Windrush and Slaughter circular:

Terrain: Level – gradual gradients

Difficulty: 🐕

Distance: 5.5 miles (circuit)

Ideal for: Walkers who love waterways and ending a delightful walk with a liquid lunch in a welcoming pub.

In addition: There are public WCs in the town centre as well as a large choice of eateries in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Stay nearby:

Hatties House, Bourton-on-the-Water  

Hattie's Cottage

Sleeps 2 dogs and 4 humans

Curl up in front of the cosy wood burner with your furry friend in this charming Cotswolds cottage near the centre of the fantastic Bourton-on-the-Water. Just a short walk from the banks of the River Windrush, you can be on the trail with your hound in time.

5. Circuit via Stanton, Snowshill and The Edge


Stanton and Snowshill are two of the most astonishing villages, for sheer beauty, in The Cotswolds. This circuit is challenging after a spell of wet weather as sections of the climb can become slippery. The trail meanders through lush woodlands, over hilltops and across valley floors. Stanton is situated below the Cotswold Edge and it’s a gorgeous leafy village with a medieval church. Snowshill is home to the National Trust managed Snowshill Manor. The Cotswolds rise steeply around the village on three sides. As you climb up The Edge you will be impressed by the expansive views out over the Severn Vale to the west.

Why your dog will love this circuit via Stanton, Snowshill and The Edge:

Terrain: Steep gradients, unsealed pathways

Difficulty: 🐕 🐕

Distance: 6 miles (circuit)

Ideal for: View-baggers and those that love country pubs – there are a few, like The Mount Inn, to choose from in the direct area.

In addition: There are pubs in both villages.

Stay nearby:

Broadway Cottage, Broadway 

Broadway Cottage

Sleeps 1 dog and 2 humans

Enjoying a great location tucked away within Broadway’s original High Street of character cottages and townhouses, this red brick cottage for two guests and one dog offers a wealth of comfort and charm. Broadway is one of the most beautiful Cotswold villages, situated at the gateway to the Cotswolds.

6 and 7: Not one but two arboretums

Batsford Arboretum

The Cotswolds can be seen as one giant arboretum but if you love to see exotic and unusual trees, the region is home to two of England’s best-loved collections. Westonbirt and Batsford are both great outings for you and your dog. A verdant collection of natural beauty curated to complement their immediate environment. Both are dog-friendly facilities for owners who are happy to keep their pets under strict control whether at heel or on the lead. 40 miles apart, at opposite ends of the Cotswolds, it's hard to choose a favourite and why should we when you can feasibly spend a weekend enjoying both? Please note that dogs are restricted from accompanying you to The Old Arboretum at Westonbirt.

Why your dog will love this circuit via Batsford and Westonbirt Arboretum:

Terrain: Sealed pathways – landscaped gardens.

Difficulty: 🐕

Distance: 2 miles+ (circuit)

Ideal for: Those that love a stroll in a controlled natural environment. Lovers of trees and arboriculture, these places are must-visits.

In addition: There are public WCs and cafes at both arboretums.  

8. Cleeve Hill and Nottingham Hill circuit

Cleeve Hill

Not to be confused with the West London neighbourhood famous for its annual Caribbean carnival, Nottingham Hill is a hill close to Cleeve Hill and Bishop's Cleeve with panoramas of the Malvern Hills and the Severn Valley below. The circular walk takes in the small town of Bishop's Cleeve which has a few nice pubs, varied habitats and terrains for dogs and their human companions. After the walk, you’re good to go for a more measured stroll on the picturesque Overbury Estate and the Bredon Hill Nature Reserve.

Why your dog will love this walk around Cleeve Hill and Nottingham Hill

Terrain: Hilly, partially unsealed, cattle grids, the potential for stiles

Difficulty: 🐕 🐕

Distance: 7.5 miles

Ideal for: Those that love a panorama. The dramatic Malvern hills are a sight to behold if you make the climb.

In addition: Facilities are limited. Public WCs can be found in Bishop's Cleeve.  

Stay nearby:

Hoglets, Bredon


Sleeps 1 dog and 2 humans

Cute single-storey lodgings for two with your trusty dog along for the ride, situated 7 miles from Bishop's Cleeve. Why not spend a day at the races in Cheltenham or wander around the golden Cotswold stone cottage gilded villages and towns of Burford, Broadway or Stow-on-the-Wold?

9.  Three Woods Trail (near Andoversford)

Seven Springs

Starting at Kilkenny Viewpoint near Andoversford and Seven Springs, this trail is relatively level and follows the path of some minor roads along sections. The course of the journey winds, as the name suggests, through three areas of woodland in the vicinity of Hilcot. The path links up with the longest distance national trails, the Gloucestershire and Cotswold Way.

Why your dog will love this walk around the Three Woods Trail

Terrain: Some minor roads, unsealed and slippery when wet

Difficulty: 🐕🐕

Distance: 6.5 miles

Ideal for: Lovers of ancient woodlands and the road less travelled

In addition: Facilities are limited.

Stay nearby:

Naunton Little Barn, near Stow-on-the-Wold

Naunton Little Barn

Sleeps 1 dog and 2 humans

This beautiful detached barn conversion near Andoversford and Stow-on-the-Wold is a superb choice for a cosy base for you and your loved ones. The perfect base for a walking holiday in The Cotswolds AONB.

10. Crickley Hill, Cheltenham

Crickley Hill

Crickley Hill is easily accessible and has the added incentive of a pleasant café at the summit. With stunning views, a diversity of habitats and some historical significance to explore, it’s a great day out for dog walkers. With many different routes over the limestone quarries, and through the woodlands, there is something for everyone which makes it one of the top visitor attractions in The Cotswolds. Why not stop for a picnic and take in the breathtaking views?

Why your dog will love this walk around Crickley Hill

Terrain: Chalk and stone paths wind up the hill to its summit, some are worn others are new and easy to walk

Difficulty: 🐕 🐕

Distance: 1.5 miles

Ideal for: Fantastic views across The Cotswolds and over to Cheltenham.

In addition: A café and WCs can be found at the top of the hill.

Stay nearby:

Broadridge Mews, near Painswick 

Broadridge Mews

Sleeps 1 dog and 2 humans

Found only 3.5 miles from Crickley Hill Country Park, this tasteful apartment is nestled within the peaceful grounds of a traditional country home. Mile upon mile of walks awaits from the doorstep, through the surrounding Buckholt Wood or along the iconic Cotswold Way long-distance walking trail.

If you want to find out more about the Cotswolds, visit our ultimate guide to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


We have a large collection of dog-friendly cottages in the Cotswolds perfect for you and your pup. Where will you stay during your visit?


If you're seeking even more great walks to tire out your pup, check out our guide to the best dog walks across the UK.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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