Everything You Need to Know About the Cotswold Hare Trail


The team at our Cotswolds Hotel are excited for the bigger and better Cotswold Hare Trail this year. 

Here’s everything you need to know in the run up to the event…

What is the Cotswolds Hare Trail?

The Hare Trail is part of the Cirencester March Hare Festival and provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to explore the far corners of the Cotswolds in search of the 50, 5 foot hares. Veer off the beaten track and follow the hares on foot, by bike or by public transport using special maps outlining a variety of short and long trails around the region. This year, the hares will be decorated by amazing artists to celebrate the outstanding culture and heritage of the Cotswolds . The festival is not only a great opportunity to support Cotswolds businesses and schools but also the events chosen charity, National Star.


The Cotswold Hare Trail starts on Saturday 25th March, when the hare location maps will be published to the public. The trail runs until September, giving you plenty of time to discover all the hidden hares.


The trail runs from Chipping Campden in the North Cotswolds (just 18.4 miles from our Cotswolds Hotel), to Chipping Sodbury in the South, via Chipping Norton in the East and Stroud in the West.

Why the hare?

The brown hare has always been an influential part of our Cotswolds culture, lending its name to villages and special places such as Harescombe, Haresfield, Harebushes, and Harnhill (once Harehill). Hares can often be spotted in Cotswold fields and, looking around, you can see the hare represented in art across the ages from the local area. From the Roman hare mosaic in Cirencester and the tapestries of medieval halls, to the Saxon carvings on church porches and 21st century hare images that adorn so many of our current artist’s work, they are embedded into the tapestry of the surrounding area. Whilst brown hare numbers have declined across other areas of the country due to loss of their natural habitats, they are thriving in the Cotswolds. Being so woven into the history of this beautiful part of the world, the hare is a natural choice of animal to celebrate with the festival.

How to get involved

If simply finding all 50 hares isn’t enough, you will even have the opportunity to bid on a hare at the October auction. Many towns will also feature their own town trails and run hare themed events throughout the festival. Find out more by following the regular information on trails and events on the website: www.cirencestermarchharefestival.org.uk.

Who could you say no to this fun, free and family friendly event?

If you are heading to the Cotswolds Hare Trail this year, do book a stay at Ellenborough Park to finish off your time here in our stylish, comfortable and family friendly hotel in the Cotswolds.

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