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) 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 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.