Chedworth Roman Villa Walk
Chedworth is a charming quintessential Cotswold village, and it’s also the gateway to an even older settlement. The Chedworth Roman Villa Walk leaves the village behind, so you can enjoy walking through the lush countryside and woodlands in search of the remains of one of Britain’s largest Roman villas. Take a break from your walk to explore this incredible ancient site that is operated by the National Trust.
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Route Description for Chedworth Roman Villa Walk
When you visit Chedworth, you’ll want to take the trail to visit the ancient Roman Villa. The Chedworth Roman Villa Walk is open to the public, but the site itself is operated by the National Trust. You’ll want to check their website for information about admission and hours of operation, as advanced reservations may be required. Please be aware that only service dogs are allowed on the actual site. This route can be muddy and includes some steep climbs, stairs, and stiles, so it is not stroller-friendly.
The trail to the Roman Villa begins in charming Chedworth and takes you into some truly beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Rolling meadows, pastures, and quiet woodlands offer a scenic route to the Roman Villa site. Here, you’ll find a historical treasure-trove consisting of the remains of a 5th-century villa, beautiful mosaics, and ancient bathhouses. Exploring the site and the small museum is an absolute must before you continue your walk!
Start your walk facing away from the church, and go left along Church Row before climbing over the stile. The path will lead you up a hill, over another stile, and up some steps. Continue walking through a gate towards the woods—another gate will lead you into the forest, and then you’ll see a sign for the Roman Villa.
Turn right at the Roman Villa sign and continue walking. You’ll walk under a railroad bridge before arriving at the villa. If you wish to visit the archaeological site, stop here and take some time to explore. When it’s time to leave, take the entrance road and walk to the bridleway sign. Turn right onto the bridleway and continue through the gate to the narrow path beyond.
When the path begins to turn left, you’ll want to climb over the stile to your right. Then you’ll walk through the field, down a fairly steep slope, towards the house. At the house, you’ll find a gate that you’ll go through and turn left along the road.
When you reach the junction, you’ll turn right and walk down to Queen St, which will take you back to the village of Chedworth. At the Seven Tuns pub, you’ll take the path to your right, which will lead you back to St Andrew’s church.
Chedworth Roman Villa
Discovered in 1864, the Chedworth Roman Villa is an incredible archaeological site that gives us insight into the lives of the ancient Romans. The site is managed by the National Trust and advanced reservations are recommended. Visit their website for admission and hours of operation details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chedworth-roman-villa.
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 for Chedworth Roman Villa Walk
- There’s a nice pub in Chedworth if you’re hungry after your hike
- This trail includes stiles, steep steps, a museum, and you may encounter livestock, so you’ll want to leave your stroller and your dog at home
Getting to the Chedworth Roman Villa Walk Trailhead
The Chedworth Roman Villa Walk begins at St Andrew’s Church. When you arrive in the village you can turn onto Church Row from Queen Street in either direction. There is parking in the laneway near the church.
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