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Classic Cotswold Walk

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A self-guided circular walking holiday from through the quintessential Cotswolds countryside.

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All about the Classic Cotswold Walk.
  • Quintessential Cotswolds, postcard-pretty villages, honey colored houses, tea shops and rose-clad cottages
  • Crystal clear rivers, ancient oakwoods, rolling valleys of patchwork fields
  • Charming Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water, arguably the prettiest village in England
  • Iron Age forts, Saxon castles, Roman paths and Medieval churches
  • Flexible, interest-packed walking routes; high quality inns full of character

This self-guided Classic Cotswold circular walk begins by the River Windrush in traditional Lower Slaughter, just outside Bourton-on-the-Water. After one night here you walk to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, (famous for Sudeley Castle), before an escarpment trail with fantastic valley views leads to the world famous coaching village of Broadway. From here you walk up to Broadway Tower, a tiny hilltop castle, before descending to C12 Moreton-in-theMarsh along the oldRoman FosseWay, then walk back to end in Lower Slaughter.

En route, you’ll pass fields of poppy-sprinkled wheat stretching into the distance, and hear thundering hooves on racing gallops as prize horses are exercised for Ascot; you’ll see Iron Age forts standing sentinel on ancient hilltops, and visit stone follies marking viewpoints from where oliver Cromwell supervised the burning of local Abbeys.

Everywhere you walk, you’ll come across welcoming village pubs with friendly owners and excellent menus, and pass through villages so perfectly preserved they are used as locations for TV period dramas! Walks are all designed at moderate level difficulty, however, all can be shortened by taxi transfer for a small supplement. our local expert partners manage this holiday on our behalf.

Throughout you’ll stay in high quality, hand-picked country inns and historic hotels oozing with quintessential charm and character, and with a choice of restaurants on your doorstep, evening meals are a further highlight.

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.
  • 5 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms in selected AAAAA, AAAA and AAA rated hotels and inns.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Route notes and map(s) describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a packing list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
What is not included in this tour?

Trail Facts

Total distance: Moderate option: 48 miles (77.8 km)                                          *Easy option Total distance: 30 miles (48.6 km): Add $100 per person, minimum 2 people for taxi transfers.
Duration: 6 days/5 nights, 4 days of walking
Minimum/maximum daily distances: Moderate: 11 miles (17.8km)/13 miles (21km) Easy: 6 mi (9.7km)/9 mi (14.6km)
Waymarking: The trail is easy to follow with the assistance route notes and maps provided.
Season: Start on any Saturday from May 4 to October 26 (other days of the week on request)
Tour Starts: Moreton-on-Marsh train station (Pick up and transfer to hotel in Lower Slaughter, time at your request).
Tour Ends: Moreton-on-Marsh train station (Tansfer from Lower Slaughter, time at your request).
Nearest Available Airport: London.

  1. Day 1 Arrive in Lower Slaughter

    Considered by many to be among the prettiest villages in England, Lower Slaughter is a picturesque village, right in the heart of the Cotswolds. Take a stroll to the Victorian watermill and follow the trail to Upper Slaughter before visiting one of the many gourmet restaurants for dinner.

  2. Day 2 Lower Slaughter to Winchcombe 9mi/4.5hr or 13mi/6hr

    Walk alongside the Windrush, lined with bright daffodils, to the beautifully timeless villages of Naunton and Guiting Power. Then on through shady woodland before descending to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe and nearby Sudeley Castle, last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife.

  3. Day 3 Winchcombe to Broadway 6mi/3hr or 11mi/5hr

    An ancient pilgrim’s route leads from Winchcombe to the eerie ruined arches of hailes Abbey. It’s a gentle climb up to the Iron Age Fortress at Beckbury Camp for superb valley views. After passing Stanway house’s magnificent gatehouse and tithe barn, enjoy a pub lunch in Stanton (used for TV period dramas it is so perfect!), then amble through open meadows to charming Broadway, Jewel in the Cotswold Crown.

  4. Day 4 Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh 8mi/4hr or 12mi/6hr

    Today’s walk takes you beneath the Worcestershire hills, stopping off first at Broadway’s Tower, the C18 folly inspired by Capability Brown, where you’re rewarded with stunning unspoilt views. It’s then a gentle descent to Chipping Campden’s covered market, almshouses and silversmith. Stop for lunch in pretty Blockley, then descend to Batsford – the arboretum here is filled with spectacular Coral Bark Maple trees and russet berried Mountain Ash. Your final stretch is an easy stroll to the thriving market town of Moreton, located at the head of the beautiful evenlode Valley.

  5. Day 5 Moreton to Lower Slaughter 7mi/3.5hr or 12mi/6hr

    Follow the Roman Fosse Way before branching off through wheat fields and copses of hawksbeard and buttercups, and descend to the antique shops of Stow-on-the-Wold for lunch overlooking the stocks on the village green. Listen for woodpeckers in oak woods on the way back to Lower Slaughter. An optional walk into Bourton-on-the-Water is possible if you still have some energy left!

  6. Day 6 Leave Lower Slaughter

    Depart Lower Slaughter this morning after breakfast.

    Or, perhaps extend your walking tour to 6 nights staying an extra night in Chipping Campden, inquire for details and prices.

Accommodations:
Slaughters Country Inn

Slaughters Country Inn AAAAA

Lower Slaughter (Days 1+5)

The Slaughers Country Inn is a beautiful honey-hued Cotswold stone building, with low beamed ceilings, a relaxed ambience and a perfect base from which to explore one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. Slaughter’s restaurant serves a modern English breakfast and evening fare of local, seasonal produce. You’ll also enjoy having a pint in the Inn’s stylish bar with log fire place and bar menu.

Further details on hotel website.

 

Lion Inn

The Lion Inn AAA

Winchombe Day 2

Following a recent major renovation of the 15th C coaching inn and grounds, The Lion Inn offers a beautiful and relaxing environment in the center of Winchcombe. None of the inn’s original quirky charm has been lost, with rustic-chic updates throughout. The Lion has a bar, restaurnat, garden (ideal for al fresco dining), 7 double ensuite rooms all with their own individual character and ambiance.

The Lion Inn has earned Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for both the hotel and restaurant in 2014.

Further details on the hotel website.

Broadway Hotel

Broadway Hotel AAAA

Broadway Day 3

The Broadway Hotel, served over 400 years ago as a rural retreat for the Abbots of Pershore and still offers a feeling of tranquility to be enjoyed by today’s visitors. Here history abounds, with the ebony minstrels’ gallery above the elegant country bar with its high beamed ceiling and the sixteenth century Abbot’s bedroom.

All of the guest rooms are comfortable and beautifully furnished to create an atmosphere of relaxation. Whether enjoying afternoon tea by a log fire, an intimate candlelit dinner or a drink on a warm summer’s evening, you can relax and feel at ease in the beautiful Cotswolds.

Bedrooms are tastefully furnished and well equipped, while the public rooms include a relaxing lounge, cozy bar and charming brasserie restaurant.

Further details on the hotel website.

Moreton Manor

Moreton Manor AAAA

Moreton-in-Marsh Day 4

The luxurious four AAAA  Manor House Hotel is an enchanting 16th century Cotswold retreat where you can revel in luxury, indulge yourself with fine food and drink and relax in a homely and friendly atmosphere. Each of the rooms has a character of its own, with distinctive decor and every one has a fine view.

Further details on the hotel website.

 

Optional Night 6
Cotswolds House Hotel & Spa

Cotswolds House Hotel & Spa ****

Chipping Campden

Night 6 option – Inquire for details and prices.

Set in Regency stone property with 2 acres of gardens, this upscale hotel is a 2 minute walk from Chipping Campden historic Market Hall.

In the main building and garden cottages, the stylish, contemporary country-style rooms and suites include en suite bathrooms, free WiFi, TVs with satellite channels, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some suites feature egg-shaped baths, and 1 has a private garden with a hot tub (inquire for room upgrade cost).

Amenities include a refined restaurant offering locally sourced British dishes, plus meeting space, and a luxury spa with a hydrotherapy pool and aromatic steam room.

Further details on hotel website.

 

The nearest rail station at the start of the trail (Lower Slaughter) is the Moreton-on-Marsh train station.. Train from London Paddington to Moreton-on-Marsh (approx 1 hr 40 min).

The nearest rail station at the end of the trail (Lower Slaughter) is the Moreton-on-Marsh train station.. Train from Moreton-on-Marsh to London Paddington (approx 1 hr 40 min).

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