Bath & The Cotswolds

THE WALK, At a glance:

PRICE: £520 per person based on 2 people sharing

DURATION: 5 nights

DISTANCE: 10 - 13 miles per day

DIFFICULTY: Moderate

WHEN TO GO: March - September

HIGHLIGHTS: Visiting Lacock, an exquisite village frozen in time much used for films and movies.


The Walk

A five day walking holiday beginning and ending in Bath. It is best to commence this walking tour on a Sunday in order to secure accommodation in Bath.

Bath, with its classical Georgian architecture, crowned by the magnificent Royal Circus and Royal Crescent, is recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is one of only very few complete European cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And, of course, as Aquae Sulis, it was an important Roman resort.

This classic walk can include extra or fewer nights if required - please ask.

Pricing Information

From £520 per person based on 2 people sharing. Upgrades to alternative accommodation possible for supplement.

Single supplement £150.00.

£70.00 supplement for one person walking alone.

What's Included

  • 5 nights B&B accommodation with private bathrooms.

  • Luggage transportation each walking day.

  • Transfers on days 4 and 5.

  • Route notes and maps.

  • Local back-up.

The Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight in Bath.

Day 2: Bath to Bradford-on-Avon – 20kms/12.5miles. Start from central Bath and walk to Sham Castle, overlooking the whole city. Then over the Dundas Aquaduct to Freshford and Farleigh Hungerford, complete with medieval castle. Passing the magnificent tithe barn at Barton Farm brings you to Bradford-on-Avon, one of the loveliest small towns in Britain with picturesque 17th century bridge, Georgian townhouses and a complete Saxon church. Overnight Bradford-on-Avon.

Day 3: Bradford to Lacock – 21kms/13miles. Walk across rolling countryside to pretty Monkton Farleigh, and then, with fine views of the Wiltshire Downs, or the Wiltshire Cotswolds, and Bath, continue to the small town of Box. Corsham is noted for Corsham Court, an Elizabethan mansion housing a fine art collection. Thence to Lacock, an exquisite village frozen in time much used for films and movies, for overnight (2 nights in Lacock).

Day 4: Lacock to Castle Combe to Lacock – 19kms/10miles. Walk to Castle Combe, one of the best known of Cotswold villages, with its famous bridge and stream. Transfer back to Lacock for overnight. (Overnight in Castle Combe on request).

Day 5: Castle Combe to Bath – 21kms/13 miles. Transfer back to Castle Combe to walk the luminous St. Catherine Valley to Bath Easton from where you have the choice of taking a bus into the centre of Bath or walking along the Avon to complete your journey. Overnight Bath.

How Much Walking?

Distance: 50 miles (81 kms). Average daily distance: 10 miles (16km).

This tour is of easy/moderate difficulty.

  • Longest day 13 miles (21km).

  • Shortest day 10 miles (19km).

Route Summary

A five day walking holiday beginning and ending in Bath.

Tour Highlights

  • Bath, with its classical Georgian architecture.

  • Carefully selected accommodation at which to stay.

  • Average daily walking: 10 miles.

  • Soaking up the history of the area.

  • Fine views of the Wiltshire Downs.

Travel Information

Arriving By Train:

The Cotswolds are at the heart of the British rail network. Direct trains travel from London Paddington to Bath Spa frequently.

Arriving By Plane:

Nearest airport: Bristol Airport, 20 miles (32km).

Other nearby airports: London Heathrow: (100 miles), Birmingham Airport (106.3 miles). From London Heathrow, you can take the Heathrow Express train directly to London Paddington from where you can then take a direct train to Bath Spa (takes 1 hour and 30 minutes).

We are happy to arrange private transfers to you starting accommodation, please contact us for futher details.

Accommodation

There are different categories of accommodation available from B&B accommodation to Village Inns to small & luxury hotels. Ensuite rooms are booked where possible, in some B&B's a private bathroom may be necessary.

B&B accommodation is generally in guesthouses, often private residences where some of the rooms are used for guests. They are also often smaller in size than Inns or hotels. All of our selected B&Bs will give you a warm welcome with a hearty breakfast for you in the morning. Because these are often private residences, there may not be the facilities you would expect to find in dedicated accommodation establishments. And they do not generally have options for dining in the evening.

Village Inns are generally larger, they may cater for only guests or they may also be a pub which also has guest rooms. They generally tend to have more in the way of facilities and have some kind of bar or dining options and are generally larger establishments than B&B’s

Hotels are usually the biggest of the establishments that we use and are more dedicated just to accommodation than B&B’s or Inns. There is a wide variety of hotels in The Cotswolds ranging from small hotels, to hotels with restaurants, to award winning luxury hotels.


Here’s what some of our previous clients have said about “bath and the cotswolds” walking tour…

We are back from our English adventure and I just wanted to tell you how wonderful our Cotswold walking experience was. Everything went very smoothly and our B&B hosts were great
— Mr and Mrs L, USA
Our cheers and gratitude to you. We had a wonderful, wonderful time…
— Mr and Mrs S, USA

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