Signs and Symbols, Acorns and Arrows, of the Cotswolds

Cotswolds Wardens Way
I’ll admit, my husband and I occasionally got lost walking around the Cotswolds for 12 days. Well not very lost, just off track a few times. But no worries, after making our way back to the place we felt we got off course, we were able to get on the right path again. The majority of the time, we knew exactly which way to go.

Cotswolds Public Footpath Winchcombe Way

To navigate around the Cotswolds, we were provided with pages and pages of laminated, very detailed written instructions by a travel company, plus a handful of Ordnance Survey maps, and a guidebook. Without these, we would have been really lost, as there is a maze of possibilities for walking in the Cotswolds.

Cotswolds Public Bridleway Wardens Way
In addition to what we were provided with, the footpaths and roads, tracks and trails themselves that we walked on were well marked, and that definitely helped in the navigation. They were well marked with written signs, such as showing the words, “public footpath,” which are for walkers only, or “public bridleway,” which are for walkers, cyclists, and horses. The signs usually included the name of the specific route, a “way,” such as the “Cotswolds Way” or “Wardens Way.” Some signs also included the name of village you are heading towards, and the distance to go till you arrive at the village.

Cotswolds Wardens Way Winchcombe Way
There were also directional arrows which were used to point you, well, in the right direction. These arrows were of different colors, usually yellow, but sometimes white. To aid with the navigation, there were distinctive symbols as well, such as the acorn, which is the symbol used for all National Trails in England and Wales.

Along with our written instructions, maps, and guidebooks, it was these signs and symbols, acorns and arrows that helped us find our way in the Cotswolds.

They took us through pastures of cows, horses, or sheep, with care:

Cotwolds Way Cows Village

Cotswolds Way Gate

Cotswolds Way Take Care
They led us to villages and churches:

Cotswolds Way Public Footpath Broadway Village

And they directed us through crops and fields:

Cotswolds Way Public Footpath
Sometimes the signs were old-looking concrete blocks:

Cotswolds Public Foot Path
Most signs were big wooden signs:

Cotswolds Way Public Bridleway
Cotswolds Way Public Footpath Broadway Tower
Many signs were on metal posts:

Cotswolds Heart of England Way Public Footpath
Cotswolds Public Bridleway Bourton on the Water Wardens Way
Or the signs were combinations of wood and metal:

Cotswolds Way Public Footpath Buckland
The arrows were usually small circular patches on a post or a gate:

Cotswolds Heart of England Way
Cotswolds Way Public Footpath Circular Walk
Cotswolds Winchcombe Way
Or yellow arrows combined with the acorn:

Cotswolds Way Acorn
Sometimes the arrows with acorns were white:

Cotswolds Way White Acorns
Depending on which way you were walking, you might see the sign heading towards one town on one side of a post:

Cotswolds Way Bath 55
And pointing towards another town on the opposite side of the post:

Cotswolds Way Chipping Campden 47
Sometimes you really need to know which way you want to go, and those written instructions, maps, or guidebooks might come in handy:

Cotswolds Way Three Yellow Arrows
My personal favorite:

Cotswolds Quiet Lanes Footpath
And sometimes you find love along the way:

Cotswolds Way Love
I recommend that if you journey to the Cotswolds, you are well prepared with written instructions, maps, and guidebooks.

Sweet Travels!

For other blogs from my Cotswolds travels, please visit my Cotswolds England category.

Written instructions, maps, and guidebook provided by Footpath Holidays.

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