logo Walking Britain

Cotswolds Walk
Ebrington & Hidcote from Ilmington

Region - Cotswolds

County/Area - Warwickshire & Gloucestershire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km    Ascent - 1000 feet / 303 metres

Time - 5 hours 0 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SP210433
Lat 52.087656 // Long -1.694926
Postcode CV36 4LD (approx. location only)
what3words start snores.weeded.alleyway

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer 205Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer 205Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 151Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 151Digital Map1:50kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Ebrington & Hidcote from Ilmington Photo from the walk - Ebrington & Hidcote from Ilmington Photo from the walk - Ebrington & Hidcote from Ilmington Photo from the walk - Ebrington & Hidcote from Ilmington Photo from the walk - Ebrington & Hidcote from Ilmington Photo from the walk - Ebrington & Hidcote from Ilmington
Click thumbnails for larger images.

This walk explores the most northerly hills of The Cotswolds. Starting in the Warwickshire village of Ilmington, the route continues into Gloucestershire to visit one of the county's most picturesque villages. From here the walk continues through pleasant rolling countryside to reach Hidcote, where you may visit one of Britain's finest gardens, before climbing onto Ilmington Down to pass the highest point in Warwickshire.

The start is in the village of Ilmington where limited parking is available around the village green in front of the small Roman Catholic Church (Grid ref. SP210433). Take the lane immediately in front of this Church and follow it southwest between houses and cottages. Gaining height the lane reaches a large gate (Grid ref. Grid ref. SP206429). Do not go through this, instead turn right through a smaller metal gate and then almost immediately left through another gate onto a footpath. This path climbs through fields with a boundary fence on your left.

The climb is over when you reach Pig Lane (Grid ref. SP204425) where you go straight across and descend into the parkland surrounding Foxcote House. In a short way you reach a tarmac drive. Turn right and follow this past the entrance to Foxcote House and on to Foxcote Farm. Here you keep straight ahead on a track. The bridleway is shown as taking a short cut across a field (Grid ref. SP194413), however it is easier to follow the track as there is no evidence of a route across the field. The track takes you into Gloucestershire and becomes Nash's Lane leading you without problem into the picturesque village of Ebrington.

Turn right on reaching the road and walk through Ebrington to reach a road junction by the pub, which is on your left. Turn right here and continue past some very attractive thatched cottages in the direction of Mickleton. Continue past the school to reach a signed footpath on your right. There is also a sign to the 'Recreation Ground'. Take this track which soon becomes a path and walk through meadows following the clear waymarks to reach a lane (Grid ref. SP180411). Go straight across and follow the onward path across more meadows to reach a lane (Grid ref. SP175416) at a T-junction. Take the lane into the small hamlet of Hidcote Boyce. Turn right in the village. Just after the last building on your left take the signed path half left across fields towards Hidcote Bartrim.

Reaching a road, walk past the cottages to reach the entrance to Hidcote Manor on your left. Administered by the National Trust, this is the home of one of Britain's great gardens (admission fee payable). In addition there is a plant centre where a small café provides refreshments in season. Continue along the lane to reach a road junction (Grid ref. SP177430). Turn right here and follow the track uphill onto Ilmington Down. Reaching a junction in track, turn right and follow the track left to reach a radio station. You are now close to the highest point in Warwickshire.

Just past the radio station turn left down a narrow tarmac lane. Offering excellent views west and north you descend steadily. After just over a mile there is a driveway on your right (Grid ref. SP197440). Turn right into this for a short way and locate a signed footpath on your left just before the gates to the private drive. You are now on the Centenary Way. Follow this path around a field with the hedge on your immediate right to reach a gate. Continue along the path rising for a short way to reach a path junction marked on the map but with little evidence on the ground (Grid ref. SP204438). Take the right fork.

The path descends into a dell before climbing a short way and than crossing a field with a marker post to help navigation. At the top of this field ignore the path on your right but continue down a wide grassy path between hedges. This leads you down to gates marked as no right of way. Go left through a gate and then down a narrow enclosed path which you leads down to a road. Opposite is the Parish Church in Ilmington. Cross the road and take the path to the right of the churchyard. At the first path junction, bear right and this will lead you to a road. If you require refreshments then there is a pub in the village and this can be reached by turning left and walking a few hundred metres with pub on your left, otherwise your car will be parked somewhere opposite by the village green.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2340 Ilmington Down from Ilmington - easy/mod - 4.3 miles/6.9 km

Walk 3249 Hidcote & Ilmington Down from Ilmington - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km

Walk 3212 Foxcote circular from Ebrington - easy - 3.7 miles/6 km

Walk 2541 Hidcote & Foxcote from Mickleton - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 1749 Upper Quinton & Hidcote Bartrim from Mickleton - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11.1 km

Walk 3665 Honington & Idlicote Circular - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 1308 Broadway & Chipping Campden from Dover's Hill - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 1359 Stratford-upon-Avon from Milcote - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 2673 The River Avon from Stratford-upon-Avon - easy - 3.8 miles/6.1 km

Walk 3734 Compton Verney Circular from Combrook - easy/mod - 7.2 miles/11.7 km

Recommended Books & eBooks

The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold WayGuidebook to walking the Cotswold Way National Trail. Between Chipping Campden and Bath, the 102 mile route explores the Cotswolds AONB. Described in both directions over 13 stages, the Cotswold Way can be walked year round and is suitable for beginner trekkers. Includes separate OS 1:25,000 map booklet of the route.
More information

Walking in the Cotswolds

Walking in the CotswoldsGuidebook describing 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds AONB of southern England. The graded routes are 4-12 miles long, visiting hill forts, long barrows and stone circles, picturesque villages and parts of the Cotswold Way National Trail as circular walks. Includes information about history, geology and wildlife encountered along the routes.
More information


NavigationThis pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

CBD For Walking & Hiking

Discover the benefits of CBD for walkers and hikers. More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.