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The Charming Cotswolds
Quintessential English Villages

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Designated as "an area of outstanding natural beauty," the Cotswolds are just 100 miles west of London. Steeped in history, its tiny villages of honey-colored limestone abound with thatched cottages that cluster around spired churches.

This superbly picturesque countryside of rolling meadows and beech forests lends itself to our gentlest series of walks, 5 to 10 miles daily, with quite modest elevation changes. From our well-located hotel, we drive daily to ramble in various parts of the region.

Your rambles will include the following:

  • 4 scenic guided walks with talks led by Lakeland experts
  • Visits to charming and sleepy villages all with the architecturally pleasing honey-colored limestone houses: Stow-on-the-Wold, Stanton and Chipping Campden
  • Hidcote Manor - world renowned gardens designed by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston
  • A visit to Bourton-On-The-Water- known as the "Little Venice" of the Cotswolds for its elegant, low bridges
  • A visit to Bibury, a village with the most photographed buildings in the Cotswolds, Arlington Row

Spanning nearly 800 square miles of some of the most beautiful countryside in England, the Cotswolds have a timeless appeal. With its delightfully picturesque limestone villages, it looks as if time has stood still in the Cotswolds. The gentle hillsides ('wolds') ooze tranquility and the iconic image of a sheep grazing amidst the lush green hills can easily be seen while rambling from village to village.

Day 1  Arrive at Charingworth Manor Hotel for the first of four nights. Lunch will be available at the hotel if you choose. Your group will rendezvous at approximately 1:30 to take a short walk to enjoy your first experience of the peace and tranquillity of the area. Dinner awaits you on your return to the hotel. (D) 4 miles

Day 2  Walk via the lovely village of Ebrington to Hidcote Manor, one of England's world renowned gardens. Designed and created by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston in the Arts & Crafts style, it is made up of exquisite garden rooms, each possessing its own special character. Walk on to perhaps the loveliest of all Cotswold villages, Chipping Campden. Time to enjoy this gorgeous village before transferring back to your hotel. (B, L, D) 6 miles

Day 3 Transfer to Moreton-in-the-Marsh. Pass by Sezincote, a unique example of Mughal architecture, then walk through Longborough and Donnington to arrive at pretty Broadwell, with its huge green, ford, and interesting churchyard. Continue to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest village in the Cotswolds, and unusually, built on a square, for free time. (B, L, D)  6 miles

Day 4   Transfer to Stanway with its beautiful Manor House and walk across the estate to Stanton, which is generally agreed to be a perfect Cotswold village, frozen in time. The main street is lined with beautiful golden limestone houses and it is no surprise that Stanton is frequently used as a movie location.  Walk via Buckland along the Cotswold Way to beautiful Broadway for lunch. Free time in Broadway before returning to your hotel for overnight. (B, L, D) 6 miles

Day 5  After breakfast we leave Charingworth Manor to head south. We stop at Bourton-on-the-Water and then continue to the top of the wolds, from where we walk down to the villages of The Barringtons (Little and Great Barrington), ending with a charming stroll along the river into Burford, where we spend the final two nights. (B, L ,D) 5 miles

Day 6 After a short transfer to Bibury, time to walk around this village, considered by William Morris to be "the most beautiful village in England", and an example of perfect local architecture. Arlington Row is one of the most photographed group of buildings in the Cotswolds. Across country to Coln St. Alwyns and back to Bibury. Return to Burford for dinner and overnight.
(B, L ,D)  7 miles

Day 7 Departure after breakfast. (B)

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

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May 20 to May 26, 2018 $3,775.00 $425.00
September 16 to September 22 $3,775.00

$425.00

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Consider a private tour or a self guided tour.

Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 6 scenic guided walks and hikes
  • 6 nights' lodging in charming country hotels
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • 6 sumptuous breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • 5 packed or pub lunches
  • Sightseeing visits and admission fees
  • Ground transportation during tour where applicable



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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA


Best Time to Go

May through October

Convenient Airport

London Heathrow (LHR)

Traveling By Rail

Direct trains depart from London Paddington Station to Moreton-in-Marsh. It is approximately a 1hr 30 min. ride.  You will need to take a taxi from the train station to the 1st hotel.

For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or www.britrail.com. In the UK call (08457) 484950, or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Another useful resource is The Train Line at www.thetrainline.com.

Weather

Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages.

 

 

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