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Bath & the Wiltshire Cotswolds Walk - Self Guided

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A Five day walking tour beginning and ending in Bath, It is best to end this walking tour of the Bath and Wiltshire Cotswolds on a Sunday or Thursday to ensure a favorable choice of accommodation.

Bath with its showcase of classical Georgian architecture is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is one of only four European cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the others being Florence, Venice and Strasbourg. Bath’s Georgian terraces, crowned by the magnificent Royal Circus and Royal Crescent, climb dramatically up the hillsides, while the historic center, where the Roman baths and ancient abbey still stand, is in a
splendid location by the River Avon.

Highlights include:

  • Bath
  • Roman Baths
  • Ancient Abbey
  • Bradford-on-Avon


Day 1 Overnight in Bath

Day 2 Bath to Bradford-on-Avon. (20kms/12.5miles)
Start from central Bath and walk to Sham Castle with fine views of Bath. Walk over the Dundas aquaduct to elegant Freshford and along a quiet valley to Farleigh Hungerford with its fine 14th century castle. Then through Barton Farm, with its magnificent tithe barn, to Bradford-on-Avon, one of the loveliest small towns in Britain with picturesque 17th century bridge, a complete Saxon church and tiers of Gerogian townhouses and 16th century weavers cottages. (This walk can be shortened by taking a bus to Limpley Stoke.)

Day 3 Bradford to Lacock. (21kms/13miles)
From Bradford-on-Avon walk across rolling countryside to the picture-book village of Monkton
Farleigh. Then to Kingswood with views of the Wiltshire Downs and Bath, and on to the handsome small town of Box. From there it is a short walk to Corsham, noted for Corsham Court, an Elizabethan mansion dating from 1582 which now houses a fine art collection. From here it is a short walk to Lacock, an exquisite village much used for films and movies, for overnight.

Day 4 Lacock to Castle Combe. (19kms/10miles)
Pass through Corsham to join the picturesque By Brook Valley. Continue to Slaughterford and thence to Castle Combe, undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in England, with its clear stream, ancient bridge and market place. Overnight Castle Combe.

Day 5
Castle Combe to Bath. (21kms/13 miles)
Head south back towards Bath, walking along the beautiful St. Catherine Valley to Bath east on from where you have the choice of taking a bus into the center of Bath or walking along the Avon to complete your journey. Overnight Bath.

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.

April to September $1075 per person TBD

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.

  • 5 nights' lodging in quaint and authentic English Inns
    and B&Bs
  • Breakfasts
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • Luggage transfers
  • Trail maps androute notes
  • Local emergeny contact

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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

April to September

Convenient Airport

London Heathrow (LHR)

Traveling By Rail

A bus from Heathrow to Reading Train station and a train from Reading to Bath is approximately a two-hour ride. Most trains are not direct and require a simple change of platform; inquire when you purchase your ticket. For details on schedule and fares please contact BritRail at (800)677-8585 or  Another resource is The Train Line at  Tickets can be purchased in advance online and collected at your departing station but you must use the same credit card that paid for them to redeem them. 


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