The Cotswolds are a range of hills west of London and Oxford, whose valleys conceal dozens of exquisite gilded stone villages which are among the most beautiful in Europe. Easy to moderate walking, gorgeous scenery and villages, castles and churches, pubs and restaurants, all types of accommodation make possible an excellent walking holiday for all abilities.
An eight night (or fewer if preferred) circular walking tour of the Cotswolds with shorter walking days. Leave any day you like subject to accommodation availability The Best of the Cotswolds 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.
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.
Itinerary Note: Due to the limited number of rooms availalbe in the the villages of the Cotswolds, occassionally it is necessary for us to book two nights at the same accommodation. When this happens, we will arrange for all transfers necessary to get you from your end walking point back to the accommodation and from the accommodation back to the starting point on the next day. Thank you for you understanding.
Day 1 Day 1: Arrive Moreton-in-Marsh for overnight
Day 2: Moreton in Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold (7 miles/11 kms) Cross the highwolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, complete with village stocks and picturesque square, via thefantastic Mogul manor house at Sezincote and a number of pretty hamlets. Overnight Stow-on-the-Wold. (B)
Day 3: Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water. (5 miles - (8 kms) Today’s routefrom 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. (B)
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. (B)
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. (B)
Day 6: Winchcombe to Stanton (7 miles/11 kms) or Broadway (10.5 miles/17 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 thesmall village of Stanton or the coaching village of Broadway, where an array of fine houses and
inns flank the ‘broad way’. (B)
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. (B)
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. (B)
Day 9: 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.
|April through September
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.
Your trip price includes the following:
- Eight nights in a B & B with private bathrooms
- Nine breakfasts
- Local emergency contact and support
- Luggage transfers
- Trail maps and trail notes
“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
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 thorugh September
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Traveling By Rail
Direct trains depart from London Paddington Station to Moreton-in-Marsh. It is approximately a 1hr 30 min. ride.
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.
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