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Best of the Cotswolds

From £545 per person for 8 nights
From £615 per person for 9 nights

Prices based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room


DURATION: 8 or 9 NIGHTS

DISTANCE: 49¾ MILES/79.7 KM


GRADE: EASY TO MODERATE

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.

Day 4: Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power - (6½ miles/10.5 km)
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.

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 asme 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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  • July 2013
    Celia and John May – Australia
    "

    We had a most enjoyable holiday and thank you very much for the superb organisation of excellent B&B’s, transfer from Stansted, transport of our luggage and arranging for our train tickets from Moreton-in-Marsh.

    We had the fortune of amazing weather with not a cloud in sight for the whole trip and found the walk maps and ‘gate by gate’ instructions easy to follow and only were very briefly uncertain of the track on one occasion.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending your walks to friends who might be contemplating a similar holiday.

    The B&B’s arranged for us were all excellent with welcoming and friendly owners who were always most helpful in recommending a restaurant or pub for an evening meal and on several occasions booking a table for us.

    Three B&B’s that stood out.,..

    Guiting Guest House, Guiting Power – where Barbara had made a gluten free strawberry cream sponge cake for Celia for our arrival and what’s more a normal version for myself.\!!

    Old Bakehouse, Chipping Campden – very pretty and atmospheric and where the owner kindly did a much needed load of washing for us.

    Dove Cottage, Broadway – pretty house in amongst a much more modern housing estate with the most delightful knot garden.

    "
  • June 2013
    John Paganelli – USA
    "

    Our walk was wonderful. All of the B&b's were excellent. The best of all was the Moreton in Marsh B&B.

    The only thing that was difficult were the directions. So many trail signs it was hard to stay on the right path. Everyone we met on the walk had the same problem and I think your directions were better then any other vendor.

    We had a great time and hope to have another Walk in the near future.

    Thank you,

    "
  • June 2013
    Melissa Braaten - USA
    "

    I just wanted to write to say thank you for a great walk. My parents and I enjoyed our trip very much!

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  • June 2013
    Graeme and Louise Garner - Canberra, Australia
    "

    My wife and I recently completed our Cotswold walk. Just to let you know we really enjoyed the experience - your route notes were comprehensive and easy to use, the accommodation was all of a very high standard, all luggage transfers OK  and we had good weather.

    "
  • May 2013
    Carole Hall, Texas, USA
    "I had a lovely time. I shall recommend you with high honors!"
  • May 2013
    Julie Brown, UK
    "We have not long been back from our Cotswold walk and I would just like to let you know what a wonderful time we had. I did not appreciate when I booked this holiday that we would be going away in late Spring (which had luckily been delayed by the bad winter weather) and was therefore surprised by, not just how beautiful the scenery was, how it was enhanced by our timings. We were blessed with seeing hundreds of tiny lambs close up and a deer gracefully spring by us across a field. The fruit trees were in full blossom, pretty gardens packed with spring flowers and we even saw some primroses and bluebells in the woods. We were, very unexpectedly (we didn't pack sun tan lotion and so got burnt!), also blessed with 6 days of glorious sunshine with only one overcast day when it only managed to rain once we were tucked up in our hotel room.

    After the first few days we did wonder if we should have upgraded our accommodation as some of the rooms were on the small side, especially once our bags were open and sprawling! But, all the rooms were clean and comfortable and the breakfasts delicious and, if we had stayed in upgraded accommodation, we would never have got to experience the quirky bathroom in Dove Cottage or to meet the lovely Lady at Guiting Power. The bag transportation was magical (they just appeared) and your walking instructions easy to follow, we did not get lost or need to re-trace our steps once. We were even asked for help on a number of occasions by those with maps and compasses!

    And the highlight of my trip? Seeing my husband's face (who is not such a keen walker) light up on reading these words 'Here you have an option of a short cut thereby avoiding 900ft of ascent and reducing the length of the route by 2 miles'. He had been dreading day five since day one! Thanks for your hard work putting this all together and we will, and have already, re-commended both you and Cotswold Walks!"
  • September 2012
    Jeff Weeks, Oregon, USA
    "We thought that the countryside was beautiful and the routes take advantage of the outstanding beauty of the area.  The maps and descriptions were easy to follow and took the worry out of route finding. The luggage transport was flawless ---at the Dove Cottage I left behind my hearing aids. I realized it before we got on the trail and returned for them, but the hostess had already found them and summoned the driver who returned and picked them and delivered them to our next nights accommodation. The walks were not difficult at all and the distances about right for us, not overly strenuous. Overall it was one of the most relaxing and pleasant vacations we have ever had and we would love to do another similar trip. We would highly recommend Cotswold walks. Thanks for a memorable vacation. "
  • September 2012
    Jean Gaucher, Alberta, Canada
    "We really did enjoy our Cotswold trip, and you did a wonderful job of putting together walks of the right length and arranging all the transportation. We realized in retrospect what a task that must have been! I have never stayed in a more "crooked house" than Redesdale Arms. Absolutely nothing was straight or level, but it was charming and authentic.

    "
  • August 2012
    Lois Carby, Tasmania, Australia
    "There was not a day that I did not have an OMG moment!! I couldn’t have managed the walking on my own without the EXCELLENT and detailed directions and maps – thank you so much. I had the most wonderful walk - on my own with my own thoughts for most of the time but thoroughly enjoyable. Everything was so well organised, accommodation and breakfasts first class and I would not hesitate to recommend your company to my many walking friends. "
  • June 2012
    Monica Grøtan (with mother Ingjerd Grøtan)
    "I’ve used your company before, and knew to expect good quality. In addition, the weather gods were with us! You give out detailed information on the walk and what to expect and are also very accommodating in answering any questions one may have by e-mail. Guiting Power is my favourite village – I love the walk into the village, coming across the fields to the lovely church. "
  • June 2012
    Rosmary and Walter Van Hilst, NSW, Australia
    "Despite the glories of the ancient world around Greece and Turkey and a truly fantastic cruise, the highlight of our time away was our walking holiday around the Cotswolds. We would very happily let other travellers know what a great company you are."
  • May 2012
    Kevin & KC Kierst, NM, USA
    "An adventure every day," as KC put it. For desert-dwellers like ourselves, the Cotswolds are a revelation, & traveling by foot through the countryside, over hill and dale, from one beautiful village to the next, felt like a pilgrimage. We had so much fun. We're 2 middle-aged, not-particularly-athletic walkers from the American Southwest, & we thought 8 days of strolling through this beautiful countryside was just perfect. We were very moved by the care & commitment so evident in the landscape & communities we visited. I must mention the Dove Cottage in Broadway; such a lovely old cottage, such a beautiful garden, such a great breakfast! We thought the service, the choice of accommodations, the routes–all excellent. "
Key Points

8 nights with the first and last night in a hotel from £585 
9 nights with the first and last night in a hotel from £635 
Prices per person based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room.
Start any day of the week.

8 nights with hotels and select B&B's throughout from £695
9 nights with hotels and select B&B's throughout from £765
Prices per person based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room with Sunday as the first overnight.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Up to date and easy to follow route notes and maps in a handy sized booklet. 
  • A helpful and comprehensive information pack, including notes on where to eat and what to visit.  
  • Hand-picked, high quality, accommodation from B&B’s to luxury hotels with en-suite facilities. 
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Upgraded accommodation available on request.
  • Door to door luggage services. 
  • Local knowledgeable support and assistance when you need it not just Monday - Friday, 9-5. 
WHEN TO GO
Any time of year. Departure on any day subject to accommodation availability.

REMEMBER - many of our walks can be shortened by using either public transport or taxis. We can also adapt these routes to suit the time you have available and your walking capabilities.
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