Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick
Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick

Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick

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Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick

Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick

Distance: 7.3mi
Elevation: 778ft
Time: 2.5-4h

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The Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick walk is a pleasant section of the famed walk through the beautiful Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll discover a quiet woodlands walk between two historic villages. This walk also features a climb up Cooper’s Hill—home to the annual Cheese Rolling festival.

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Getting there

To get to the Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick trailhead, look for parking in the village of Birdlip. At the edge of town on the main road, you’ll find the Royal George Hotel, follow Birdlip Hill road away from town from the hotel. You’ll reach the sign for Cotswold Way in about 131ft, turn left and follow the path.

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Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick
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Birdlip to Painswick Trail Description

The Cotswold Way: Birdlip to Painswick walk is a well-marked and well-maintained footpath. It is a one-way route, and the bus ride between villages takes nearly as long as the walk. So you may wish to walk back or have a vehicle at both ends of the trail. The climb up Cooper’s hill is steep and can be quite slippery in wet conditions. Please make sure to beware of flying golf balls as you pass the Painswick golf course.

The Birdlip to Painswick section of the Cotswold Way is a lovely walk through quiet woods and rolling hills. While taking in the bucolic country views from the top of Cooper’s Hill, take a moment to imagine the festival where contestants chase mock wheels of cheese down the escarpment. Or plan your walk in May and join in the fun!

As you walk between Birdlip and Painswick, you’ll find the footpath is well marked, follow the acorn symbol and national trail signs. The beginning of the trail winds its way up the escarpment towards Cooper’s Hill. It’s a steep climb up the hill, but the views from the top are incredible.

Continue following the path through the Buckholt Wood, and keep an eye out for breaks in the trees where you’ll catch glimpses of the rolling Cotswolds hills.

As you walk along the Painswick golf course ensure you stay clear of flying golf balls and allow golfers the right of way. You may want to make a slight detour near the 14th hole to visit the Painswick Beacon. Here, you’ll find a hill fort established in the Iron Age and impressive views of Gloucestershire.

From the Beacon, the walk is downhill into the lovely town of Painswick. There are pubs and cafes in Painswick if you want to stop for refreshments at the end of the walk.

Consider a Walking Holiday in the Cotswolds

One of the best ways to experience this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is by booking a pre-planned adventure tour in the Cotswolds. Find the famous self-guided Cotswolds Way and other amazing guided and self-guided tours on 10Adventures Tours.

Insider Hints

  • You may want to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy from the top of Cooper’s Hill or Painswick Beacon.

  • If the weather is wet, make sure that your boots or walking shoes have good tread, as some sections can be slippery.



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