An eight night (or fewer, if preferred) circular walking Holiday of the Cotswolds with shorter walking days.
Leave any day you like subject to accommodation availability. ‘The Best of the Cotswolds’ walk includes all the finest villages of the northern Cotswolds in manageable stages for people who prefer shorter walking days. You can do the full 8 night itinerary or just a part of it, with the price adjusted accordingly.
From £690 in Bed and Breakfast accommodation with private bathrooms.
From £750 per person in B&Bs and village inns.
From £850 per person in village hotels and best quality village inns in village without hotels
Upgraded accommodation is available along the route, please ask for a quote.
Day 1: Arrive Moreton-in-Marsh for overnight.
Day 2: Moreton in Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold (7 miles/11 kms).
Cross the high wolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, complete with village stocks and picturesque square, via the fantastic Mogul manor house at Sezincote and a number of pretty hamlets. Overnight Stow-on-the-Wold.
Day 3: Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water (5 miles – 8 kms) Today’s route from Stow-on-the-Wold is a leisurely downhill walk across meadows to picturesque Lower Slaughter with its working mill and on to Bourton-on-the-Water, with its many attractions. Overnight Bourton-on-the-Water.
Day 4: Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power (7 miles/11 kms) The route follows the River Windrush to the village of Naunton with its ancient dovecote and on to lovely Guiting Power, where the church has a fine Norman arch. Overnight Guiting Power.
Day 5: Guiting Power to Winchcombe (6 miles/9.5 kms) Walk through woods and fields before the dramatic descent to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, close to Sudeley Castle, last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife. Overnight in Winchcombe, with its fascinating church and local museums.
Day 6: Winchcombe to Stanton (7 miles/11 kms) or Broadway (10.5 miles/17 kms or 8.5 miles/13.5 kms) Follow the pilgrims’ route to Hailes Abbey, then over the hills to Jacobean Stanway House, with its magnificent gatehouse and medieval tithe barn and on to idyllic Stanton. Stay in the small village of Stanton or the coaching village of Broadway, where an array of fine houses and inns flank the ‘broad way’. Also possible to overnight in Buckland Manor, 2 miles before Broadway.
Day 7: Stanton or Broadway to Chipping Campden (8 miles/13 kms or 4.5 miles/7 kms) Walk up to Broadway Tower, the 18th century folly from where there are fine views across the vale before descending to Chipping Campden, the loveliest of all Cotswold villages, with its covered market place, beautiful ‘wool’ church, almshouses and silversmith. Overnight in Chipping Campden.
Day 8: Chipping Campden to Moreton in Marsh (7 miles/11 kms) Pass through the charming villages of Broad Campden and Blockley and descend to Batsford, where you may visit the arboretum and falconry centre. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton in Marsh. Overnight Moreton in Marsh.
Day 9: Departure after breakfast.