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Best of the Cotswolds Walk

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Walk through some of the finest North Cotswold villages with shorter walking days allowing you the maximum time needed to explore the villages and walk at a relaxed pace. Visit beautiful villages including Guiting Power, Broadway and Chipping Campden as well as places of historical interest and some spectacular gardens.

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All about the Best of the Cotswolds Walk.

The Cotswolds are England’s second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (after the Lake District) and comprise 787 square miles of meadows and scenic rolling hills above a bedrock of Jurassic limestone. This distinctive stone is quarried and used in the construction of the golden-coloured local buildings and gives the stone-built villages of the Cotswolds a beautiful and quintissentially ‘English’ look. This 8 night walking holiday takes you through some of the finest North Cotswold villages with shorter walking days, allowing the maximum time to explore the villages and walk at a relaxed pace. Your route includes visits to some of the best-known towns and villages in the region including Broadway, Chipping Campden and Guiting Power as well as the Saxon capital of Winchcombe and the nearby Sudeley Castle, the last resting place of Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Katherin Parr. Enjoy the rolling Cotswolds countryside, riverside walks and some stunning horticultural gems in the gardens of National Trust manor houses, such as Kiftsgate or Hidcote. Accommodation along your route has been hand-picked in characterful Bed Breakfasts, inns and townhouses, as well as an old bakery! Offering a warm and friendly Cotswold welcome and hearty cooked breakfasts, they offer comfortable stops along the walk and a charming insight into Cotswold life.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of HH, HHH, *** and ****  guesthouses, B&B’s, inns and  hotels
  • Full English Breakfast daily
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Route directions and maps
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (taxi, pay locally)
  • Hotel upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Explore the Cotswolds – England’s 2nd largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (2nd to the Lake District)
  • Beautiful villages including Guiting Power, Broadway, and Chipping Campden
  • Visit areas of historical interest from Saxon, Jacobean and Medieval eras
  • Visit the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle (last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife)
  • Stunning gardens at historical manor houses
  • Relaxing walks each day to allow extra time for exploring delightful Cotswold villages
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh

    Standing at the crossroads betwen the Fosse Way Roman Road and what is now the A44, Moreton-in-Marsh, a small market town with a central market square and a set of stocks, is a great place to explore before heading out for dinner.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Moreton-in-Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold (4.5mi/7km)

    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.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water (4.5mi/7km)

    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. A longer alternative walk is available for this day if you wish.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power (6.5mi/10.5km)

    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.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Guiting Power to Winchcombe (6.5mi/10.5km)

    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.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Winchcombe to Broadway via Stanton (9mi/14.4km or 11m/17.7km)

    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 coaching village of Broadway, where an array of fine houses and inns flank the ’broad way’.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Broadway to Chipping Campden (6mi/9.5km)

    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 silversmiths.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh (7.75mi/12.5km)

    Pass through the charming villages of Broad Campden and Blockley and descend to Batsford, where you may visit the arboretum and falconry centre. On certain days of the week both Bourton House gardens and Sezincote House will be open. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton-in-Marsh.

  9. Day 9 Day 9: Depart after breakfast
Where you stay

Cotswolds Accommodations

You’ll be staying in a mix of HH, HHH, 3 star and 4 star guesthouses, B&B’s, inns and hotels including a 17th-century former coaching inn and one of the oldest houses in Chipping Campden, dating back over 600 years. All of the accommodations offer a warm and friendly Cotswold welcome and hearty cooked breakfasts.

For those wishing to extend their stay in the area, ask us about city break add-ons in Bath or Oxford.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Self-guided

Difficulty level: Easy or Leisurely Rated

Suitable of anyone of reasonable fitness who enjoys a 2-5 hour walk on weekends. Trails are seldom totally flat.

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