The Best Of The Cotswolds


The Walk, at a glance:

PRICE: From £690 pp based on two people sharing a room, in B&B accommodation, with private bathroom

DURATION: 8 night / 7 days

DISTANCE: 5 - 8 miles per day

DIFFICULTY: Easy To Moderate

WHEN TO GO: March - September

HIGHLIGHTS: Walk up Broadway Tower for fine views before descending down into the ever picturesque Chipping Campden.


The Walk

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. This tour is a good option for those after a less strenuous itinerary or who would like more time to explore some of the villages and to take their time on the walks.

This journey takes you through some of the nicest countryside and villages in The Cotswolds. The route will take you through charming and pretty villages, complete with houses made from the honey coloured limestone of the local area. Away from the villages enjoy the carefully researched walking routes that guide you through classic English countryside. With green rolling hills of pasture and farmland, the area is full of history, some of which is evident to this day. Keep an eye out for sheep (and lambs in the spring/early summer) and enjoy your journey on to the next village as you admire the scenery along the way.

Pricing Information

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.

What's Included

  • 8 nights B&B accommodation

  • Luggage transfers each walking day

  • Route notes & maps

  • Local back-up

The Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Moreton-in-Marsh for overnight.

Day 2: Moreton in Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold (7 miles/11 km). 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 (4.5 miles – 7.2 km) 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 km) 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 km) or Broadway (10.5 miles/17 kms or 8.5 miles/13.9 km) 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 km or 4.5 miles/7 km) 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 km) 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.

How Much Walking?

Distance: 47 miles (75 kms). Duration: 8 nights, 7 days walking. Maximum/minimum daily distances: 8.7 miles (13.9 km) / 4.5 miles (7.2 km).

This tour is of easy/moderate difficulty. Average daily walking distance is 7 miles and there are no prolonged or large altitude gains. Terrain is not generally too rugged. The walking is Mainly on dirt paths through fields, some stretches of tarmac, and occasional rocky paths.

  • Longest day 8.7 miles

  • Shortest day 4.5 miles

  • Average daily mileage 7 miles

  • Most cumulative elevation gain in one day 767 ft.

  • Average daily elevation gain over trip 500 ft

Route Summary

An eight night (or fewer if preferred) circular walking holiday of the North Cotswolds. This tour has seven walking days. The grading and distance is aimed at those wanting a less strenuous tour with enough time to take things at a leisurely pace.

Tour Highlights

  • Rambling through some of the most picturesque countryside & villages in England

  • Carefully selected accommodation at which to stay

  • Average daily mileage 7 miles

  • Soaking up the history of the area. Ancient abbeys, churches and houses.

  • Appreciate a well earned rest at one of the traditional country pubs in the area

Travel Information

Arriving By Train:

The Cotswolds are at the heart of the British rail network. Direct trains travel from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh frequently.

Arriving By Plane:

Nearest airport: Birmingham Airport (54.1km).

Other nearby airports: Bristol Airport (97.6km), London Heathrow: (164km). From London Heathrow, you can take the Heathrow Express train directly to London Paddington from where you can then take a direct train to Moreton in Marsh

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.




Testimonials for: “The Best Of The Cotswolds” walking tour…

It was everything we’d dreamed of and hoped for. In honor of your hospitality and in the spirit of David Letterman’s “Top 10? list , we wanted to provide you with our official feedback from the trip.

Counting down from number 10…

10. Most favorite walking section/leg of the trip: Winchcombe to Broadway. Loved sneaky “Puck Pit” Lane to Hailes Abbey!
9. Posh-est hotel: Bath Priory (This hotel needs no explanation. Our room and view were spectacular.)
8. Most awesome bathroom: Dormy House (The warmest shower I ever took. Period!)
7. Funniest waitress/server: Either Alex at Butlers or Margaret at Dormy House.
6. Biggest kick-ass hill: the climb to Broadway Tower folly. OMG. We had to rest twice.
5. Best Pub: King’s Arms at Stowe-on-the Wold. The views at night from the fireplace and square: AMAZING! or the Fleece Inn view of Cirencester ranks up there.
4. Coolest view on the walk : Coming from Belas Knap over the hill to see Sudley Castle down in the Valley. Where were the trumpets, knights galloping, and flags waving?
3. Most British moment: Anne popping out her window from your upstairs cottage with 2 Americans too damn early on Saturday. (VERY LOCAL HERO!!).
2. Coolest museum: Cirencester Roman Museum (with Hailes Abbey a close second.)
1. The moment I took home in my heart: Prayers at the Hailes Church outside of Hailes Abbey. The veil between heaven and earth IS thin there and we said prayers for everyone.

There were so many, many more amazing moments: watching the rain come down on the Rococo gardens; more mud; friendly cats, dogs, ponies and sheep, amazingly old huge fireplaces, teatime and friendly people everywhere…the list goes on.
— Mr and Mrs L, Illinois, USA
We very much enjoyed our 4 days walking and were so fortunate with the weather – warm but not too hot and no rain until the very minute we arrived in Castle Combe when it thundered down!

I was going to write to you with comments but will try and do it tomorrow when I have a little more time. The B & Bs were excellent and high standard and the notes on the whole clear and explicit; very good to have the Ordnance Survey maps alongside. However, we did have one or too problems which you should know about for the future. Taxi service excellent and the company was most friendly and obliging; we begged a lift with them on the second day to shorten the walk by an hour or so (and paid them direct of course as it was a few miles out of their way).

Many thanks for organising it all for us : we would most certainly recommend your company.
— Mrs G, U.K.
We had an absolutely wonderful trip walking through the Cotswolds, June 6-16. It’s unusual to have a vacation exceed all your expectations, but this one did. Hotels and B&Bs were all just terrific. They were clean and neat and our hosts were most accommodating. The directions for our walking, for the most part we’re pretty clear. We only made a couple of very minor wrong turns, but nothing significant.Our luggage was transported every time, right on time. I would highly recommend your company to anyone. Thank you!
— D.W. and party, UK & USA
A rather belated thank you for your help in arranging a very enjoyable tour of the Cotswolds. All three of us had a good time and already another American friend is wanting to do the same trip.

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