A Guide to Cotswold Walking and Eating
We are Paul and Lesley, two map-loving weekend walkers living in the beautiful West Country. If you love the perfect stuff of Sundays (that’s getting outside and following the footpaths to a great pub or tasty picnic) as much as we do, then you’ll enjoy Amble Pie – a guide to some of our favourite walking routes and eating places in the Cotswolds, and occasionally beyond.
Paul is the Amble Pie route master, often seen carrying an OS map, and Lesley is the photographer and writer behind the blog. And there are a whole host of friends and family who join us on our adventures: after all, a good stroll was made to share!
Inspired by friends who often asked us, “we want to go for a walk this weekend – can you recommend a good place to go nearby?”, Amble Pie was born as a way of documenting our weekend Cotswold adventures. We love living in this part of the world, where you can find fields, cows, forests, local ice-creams, hills, rivers, home-brewed ales, delicious food and some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK (or so we think!). So we’re sharing it with you – please feel free to pick any of our FREE routes and go on an adventure this weekend!
More About the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is the largest of 38 AONB areas across England and Wales. Stretching from just south of historic Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare, to just south of the Roman city of Bath, the area spans Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. It’s a beautiful place to live and there are endless places to explore!
Whilst you can enjoy over 100 miles of beautiful walking on the famous Cotswold Way footpaths, our routes might just take you to a new gem of this stunning landscape, which you’ve never discovered before!
A Little Map Love
If you’re an OS map kind of a person, you might find the OL45 (The Cotswolds) and 179 (Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud) Explorer Maps useful. We use OS Maps to plan our routes and always share a route map for each adventure, making it simple for you to download and follow. Not a fan of the origami-map-folding-challenge? No worries! You can also download OS map tiles on the OS Map app (each tile costs a few pounds, but you can keep them forever). Plus the bonus is the app is GPS enabled, making it impossible to get lost in the wild! Happy ambling, folks.