The Cotswold Way Walk

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Follow the Cotswold Way National Trail from its start at Chipping Campden to the end on the steps of Bath Abbey. Walking along the escarpment of the Cotswolds Hills you’ll have far-reaching views across the Severn Vale.

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All about the The Cotswold Way Walk.

The 102 mile (164km) Cotswold Way is a National Trail that runs from the market town of Chipping Campden to the Roman city of Bath. It follows the western edge of the Cotswold Hills and leads you through England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its rolling pastures with dry stone walls, beech woods, and picturesque villages with honey-coloured cottages built from Cotswold stone. From Chipping Campden, known for its covered marketplace and beautiful ‘wool’ church you’ll follow the trail along the Cotswold escarpment with ever-changing views to the west towards the River Severn and the Malvern Hills. Along the way you’ll discover a wealth of pretty Cotswolds villages, stately homes, Iron Age hill forts and historic battle sites. Climb Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds where you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Cheltenham, the River Severn, the Malvern Hills, and, on a clear day, the Black Mountains of Wales. The end of the Cotswold Way is marked at Bath Abbey with a carved stone disc. Spend time discovering the delights of Bath from the Roman baths to the honey-coloured Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent. Accommodation is in a range of Bed Breakfasts with character, and hotels housed in historic buildings. Offering a warm and friendly Cotswold welcome, as well as hearty breakfasts, they offer comfortable stops along the walk and a charming insight into Cotswold life.

  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Chipping Campden

    Arrive in the historic market town of Chipping Campden.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Chipping Campden to Stanton 16.5KM (10.5MI), 4.5HR

    Head up on to the Cotswolds escarpment from where you will enjoy stunning views from Dover’s Hill, home to the annual ‘Cotswold Olimpick Games’. Walk through fields to the 18th century folly, Broadway Tower. Descend to the coaching village of Broadway, where you will find fine houses and inns flanking the ‘broad way’, before climbing back up onto the escarpment, to Shenberrow Hill, the 3rd highest point in Gloucestershire from where you will descend into the idyllic village of Stanton.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Stanton to Prestbury Hill 24.5KM (15.5MI), 6.5HR

    Today starts with a pleasant walk through the parkland of the Stanway Estate, with its Jacobean manor, magnificent gatehouse and medieval tithe barn. Climb up onto the escarpment to the Iron Age hill fort of Beckbury Camp, then follow the trail as it passes near highlights such as Hailes Abbey and Sudeley Castle. Visit the ancient Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knap on the panoramic ascent up to Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswolds.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Prestbury Hill to Birdlip 21KM (13.5MI), 5.5HR

    Walk through the ancient Lineover Wood and walk on the escarpment onto Leckhampton Hill and look out for the peculiar limestone rock formation known as the Devil’s Chimney. Enjoy breathtaking views from Crickley Hill before descending through woodlands to Birdlip.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Birdlip to King's Stanley 26KM (16.5MI), 6.5HR

    Head on to Painswick Beacon, the site of an Iron Age hill fort, then descend into Painswick, one of the architectural highlights of the trail, and the mid-point of the Cotswold Way. Follow the trail on to Haresfield Beacon, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views across the Severn estuary, then pass through Standish Woods, where in springtime bluebells carpet the woodland floor.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: King's Stanley to Wotton-Under-Edge 23KM (14.5MI), 6HR

    Follow the trail through woodland and climb to Cam Long Down from where the trail descends into the market town of Dursley. Tackle some slightly steeper slopes up onto Stinchcombe Hill and to the Tyndale Monument before the trail descends again to the town of Wotton-Under-Edge.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury 20.5KM (13MI), 5.5HR

    Today the trail passes close to the National Trust property of Newark Park. Continue the walk through woodland towards the village of Alderley, and ascend to the Somerset Monument and Horton Fort to reach Old Sodbury.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton 13.5KM (8.5MI), 4HR

    From Old Sodbury, the Cotswold Way crosses fields into the village of Tormarton, then continues on to the village of Dyrham, passing near Dyrham Park, a 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park. Continue through farmland to reach Cold Ashton.

  9. Day 9 Day 9: Cold Ashton to Bath 16KM (10MI), 4.5HR

    From Cold Ashton climb up to the site of the civil war battle of Lansdown, At Prospect Stile you will catch your first glimpse of Bath in the valley below. Cross farmland to reach the edge of Bath where the trail becoms more urban and passes through parks and near magnificent regency architecture to reach Bath Abbey where a carved stone disc marks the end of the Cotswold Way.

  10. Day 10 Day 10: Leave Bath

    Depart after breakfast.

Where you stay
Noel Arms
The Noel Arms is one of the oldest inns in the Cotswolds, dating from the 16th Century and is steeped in history. Rooms are individually styled with elegant furniture. There is a on-site restaurant and coffee shop.
Shenberrow Hill B+B
Situated in the picturesque hidden treasure village of Stanton, Shenberrow B+B is an attractive country house set in 8 acres. The comfortable rooms are beautifully decorated and ensuite.
Upper Hill Farm
Set high in the Cotswolds on the edge of Cleeve Common, Upper Hill Farm offers tranquil, quality bed breakfast accommodation. The Cotswold Way National Trail passes through Upper Hill Farm land and across the Butterfly Conservation Society Prestbury Hill Reserve.
Royal George Hotel
With spectacular views of the glorious Gloucestershire countryside, The Royal George Hotel, Birdlip, offers 34 characterful bedrooms, friendly, helpful staff, in a delightful 18th-century property.
Valley Views B+B
Valley Views is a quiet peaceful location, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, situated in the village of Middleyard near Kings Stanley on the Cotswold Way.
Swan Hotel
Situated under the leafy edge of the Cotswold Way, The Swan Hotel is a 17th century coaching inn that seamlessly blends modern comforts with traditional touches to create a unique hotel experience. Situated in the heart of Wotton-under-Edge, The Swan offers thirteen beautiful recently refurbished en-suite guest rooms, a light and airy restaurant offering freshly cooked food, and cosy bar and snug that retain a local feel.
Rock Cottage
Rock Cottage is a traditional bed and breakfast in the Cotswold village of Old Sodbury. The rooms are comfortable and homely.
Whittington Farm
Whttington Farm is located directly on the Cotswold Way, next to Holy Trinity Church and the beautiful Cold Ashton Valley. The rooms are comfortable and cosy and a delightful place to stay after a longs days walk.
Hill House
Hill House is at the end of Belvedere Terrace, which was built in 1760. There is a lot of history that comes with this property, It was originally called Belvedere Inn and was first known as an inn in 1792. For the next 30 years The Belvedere Inn and Tavern seems to have grown in commercial status in Bath as auctions of large properties advertised as taking place from the premises. Now known as Hill House bed and breakfast, there are 6 comfortable rooms, each furnished to a high standard.
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