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Best of the Cotswolds

From £670 per person for 8 nights
From £745 per person for 9 nights

Prices based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room




Walk through some of the finest North Cotswold villages with shorter walking days. This walk allows the maximum time to explore the villages and walk at a relaxed pace.

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The Butter market in Chipping Campden © Jo Ward

Good train connections with London Paddington and shorter walking days make this an ideal starter walk for any novice walker or someone wanting to have more time to enjoy the scenery and visit the many attractions along the way and in the villages upon arrival. It encapsulates the best walking in the Cotswolds done at a leisurely pace and with detailed route notes and maps to make a hassle free walk and a memorable Cotswold journey.
Day 1: Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh and overnight

Day 2: Moreton-in-Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold - (7½ miles/12 km)
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. Overnight Stow-on-the-Wold.

Day 3: Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water - (4½ miles/7 km)
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. Overnight Bourton-on-the-Water. A longer alternative walk is available for this day if you wish.

Day 4: Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power - (6½ miles/10.5 km) or another night in Bourton (10 mile circular walk)
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. As an alternative you could spend a 2nd night in Bourton and do a 10 mile circular walk that follows the same route to Naunton and then comes back through Upper and Lower Slaughter and have a transfer to Guiting Power the next morning for no extra cost.

Day 5: Guiting Power to Winchcombe - (6½ miles/10.5 km)
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.

Day 6 Option One: Winchcombe to Broadway via Stanton (9 miles/14.4 km) or (11 miles/17.7 km) 
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'.

Day 6 Option Two: Winchcombe to Stanton (7¾  miles/12.5 km)
The walk will be the same as for option one but the walk will end in Stanton, where you will spend the night.

Day 7 Option Two: Stanton to Broadway (3¼ miles/5.2 km)
Continue the walk to the coaching village of Broadway, where you will spend the night. We also have a longer walk for 6 miles via Snowshill Manor if you wish.

Day 7 for Option One and Day 8 for Option Two: Broadway to Chipping Campden (6 miles/9.5 km)
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.

Day 8 for Option One and Day 9 for Option Two: Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh (7¾ miles/12.5 km)
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. Overnight Moreton in Marsh.

Day 9 or 10:
Depart after breakfast.
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  • September 2017
    Kim & Todd King - USA

    We just wanted to thank you for arranging a lovely holiday break for us. The weather worked in our favor (only one morning of rain), the accommodations were varied and comfortable, and the walks were quite manageable. We loved the beautiful countryside and villages especially Guiting Power, Broadway, and Chipping Campden. Thank you again for all your efforts! 

  • September 2017
    Howard Wishnoff

    We have completed our tour of the Best of the Cotswolds and we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the experience. Your directions were easy to follow. We lost our way on one occasion as we crossed a cow-filled pasture. I think we were more concerned with trying to avoid getting our boots too filthy to properly follow the path. But we were able to get back on track with little time lost. Your choice of B&B's was excellent. Our hosts were warm and friendly and offered advice and assistance when needed. One was even thoughtful enough to prepare a birthday card for my wife. This was one of the best vacations we have ever had and we have already recommended you to several interested friends.

  • September 2017
    Cecil Bradley - Cananda

    Trip planning and arranging was expeditious and hassle-free. Kudos to Cotswold Walks for that. We had left it late but without fuss you tailored an exploration of the Cotswolds to fit our time. Accommodations were, for seven of the nine nights, great. Food was excellent with few exceptions. Map, no surprise, was a key resource. It was easy to use and usually kept us on the right path. Where we did wonder (as in, “Where are we?”) and wander (as in, “This doesn’t look right.”), the electronic map loaded to our smart phone got us orientated and headed in the correct direction. Very little time was lost to navigation and course correction. Weather (I know, not your department but still…) was excellent. Little rain and several exceptionally sunny days meant we could fill our eyes with the lovely countryside panoramas that rolled off to the distances as we walked. The walk from Guiting Power to Winchcombe and then the walk to Broadway were especially lovely.