The Heart Of William Morris Country
THE WALK, At a glance:
PRICE: £365.00 per person based on two people sharing
DURATION: 3 nights / 2 days walking
DISTANCE: 6.75 miles per day
DIFFICULTY: Easy To Moderate
WHEN TO GO: March - September
HIGHLIGHTS: Walk to Inglesham to see the charming unrestored church, much loved by Morris, seemingly frozen in time.
A 3 night/4 day self-guided easy walking holiday in the heart of William Morris country. Starting in Bibury, which Morris himself described as the ‘most beautiful village in England’, you walk to Fairford, with its magnificent wool church and complete set of medieval stained glass.
Return for a second night in Bibury, then transfer to Lechlade for the walk along the Thames to Kelmscott, where Morris lived in Kelmscott Manor. Note that the manor is open only on certain days – click here for the latest details.
£365.00 per person based on two people sharing, according to hotel selected in Bibury and type of room. Stay in inn/B & B in Kelmscott.
3 nights B&B accommodation
2 transfers on appropriate walking days
route notes & maps
Day 1: Arrive in Bibury for overnight. Bibury is a charming village, with clear trout stream, picturesque Arlington Row and a Saxon church. Overnight in high quality hotel (choice available).
Day 2: Walk Bibury to Fairford 6.75 miles/11 kms Mostly level walking. A charming walk that takes you across beautiful Cotswold countryside, through a couple of charming villages and across meadows and woodland to Fairford. An often overlooked village, Fairford is worthy of a prolonged visit for its magnificent set of stained glass in the church, one of the only complete sets extant in England. Transfer back to Bibury for overnight.
Day 3: Transfer to Lechlade. Walk Lechlade to Kelmscott, with optional walk to Inglesham. Total distance: 6.15 miles/9.8 kms. Lechlade marks the highest navigable point of the River Thames – it was from here that local stone was taken downstream to Oxford and London for building some of those cities’ finest buildings. First walk to Inglesham to see the charming unrestored church, much loved by Morris, seemingly frozen in time. Then walk from Lechlade to Kelmscott, following the Thames, and arrive to pass the night in this unspoilt village, where Morris is buried. Overnight Kelmscott.
Day 4: Visit Kelmscott Manor if open – check hours here. Departure.
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