A Walking Holiday in the Heart of the Cotswolds
There is plenty to discover in the heart of the Cotswolds, with each place offering a unique experience. Spring is a beautiful time to explore the Cotswolds by foot, so if you want to discover more about the best locations in the area, this walk could be the right choice:
Our Heart of the Cotswolds walk begins in Moreton-in-Marsh - a famous market town of the Cotswolds, also home to one of the earliest railways stations in England. Just outside of the town you can also visit the Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre. Perfect during spring, this floral garden is known for its Japanese influence, making this centre a beautiful, cultural experience for the whole family. Back on route, you will no doubt make your way through plenty of traditional villages and picturesque views. Travelling through Lower Slaughter (home to the church of St. Mary), Bourton-on-the-Water is the next destination.
Take a relaxing walk through “the Venice of the Cotswolds” where you will meander through meadows and rivers while taking in the open landscapes. Give your feet a rest by stopping off at one of many traditional tearooms and pretty pubs, where you can enjoy tea and hot food to replenish your energy before starting your walk again. Moving up to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, you can explore impressive woodlands and untouched fields along the way, passing by the famous Sudeley castle, also known as the the burial place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife.
Spend the day following the pilgrims’ route down to the remnants of Hailes Abbey. These beautiful ruins are open to the public, and although not much is left of the abbey, it provides a relaxing break in a historic setting. After this, you will make your way to Jacobean Stanway House where you can view the beautiful gatehouse and medieval barn, as well as the stunning fountain. Then you will arrive at Broadway village, which has been an inspiration for the arts and crafts movement( a movement that is no doubt very popular in the Cotswolds itself!).
Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh:
This part of the walk will take you through Chipping Campden, one of the most famously beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. Also once home to the biggest wool centre in Europe, you can visit the ‘wool’ church and other historic parts of the village before taking a final stroll back through the meadows to Moreton.
To book this walk, or to find out more, visit our Heart of the Cotswolds walking page.