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Best of the Cotswolds

From £645 per person for 8 nights
From £715 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.

For upgrade prices please see key points below. *Please see guidance on start dates below.
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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 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.
Best of Cotswolds Map
  • September 2016
    Heather P. & Jeni R., Fife, Scotland

    We are now on the train heading home after a most enjoyable walking holiday and we thank you for the organisation, maps with informative directions and quality accommodation.

  • July 2016
    Curt R., Sydney, Australia

    The route notes and explanations were excellent; easy to follow and very straightforward.  Also, noting the places to be able to stop for coffee or lunch (cafes and pubs) was very helpful.  On the couple of occasions when we did get lost we were able to quickly get back on the right track. We met some friendly people along the way, including a French couple who were doing exactly the same walk with your company…. we also met a Spanish lady who was not using your company and we helped her with her notes. 

    The hotels and B&Bs we stayed at were also very good; the breakfasts at each place were substantial and got us off to a great start each day. Staying at places in the centre of the villages made it easy to stroll for dinner locally after a day of walking.  The luggage collection and drop-off each day worked perfectly. The biggest surprise of all was the weather – not a drop of rain fell on us while walking for the entire 7 days, which was wonderful.

  • July 2016
    Barbara B. & Joann G., New Mexico, USA
    "First, please know that this was one of the most wonderful experiences that I have had in my lifetime. This experience was truly enlightening and exhilarating. I loved it! I have already recommended this venture to several friends, urging them to use your company. I loved walking the English countryside, meeting the people, sharing time in the pubs, strolling in the quaint villages. My favorite activity was to find “the church” in each village and sit, just feeling the history and quiet in that space.…I loved that the churches were open to the public. I loved walking through fields of wheat, seeing sheep and cows, farms and estates….it was exhilarating to me simply to be on the land in such a way. Our weather was “almost” perfect; we had one day of rain, and one day of blistering heat…. the rest of it was perfect -  cool and cloudy. The Brits whom we encountered were friendly and helpful. I want to come back and walk another one of the Cotswolds trips with your company, and bring my spouse this time. (I travelled with a friend on this recent trip.) I found Andrew very helpful, and am glad I chose you…. on the trip itself, our B&B hosts spoke very highly of your company; very much appreciated since I chose you online and had no idea how things would go….it was all a matter of faith."
  • July 2016
    Mary & Jim O., Virginia, USA
    "My husband and I (ages 70+) did the 9-night Best of the Cotswolds tour in July 2016.  We absolutely loved the experience.  There were numerous stops and interesting things to do along the way.  Each B&B was unique and charming.  The freshly-made breakfasts were outstanding.  We prepared by doing several 5-mile walks at a local park.  The preparatory material was very good.  We felt prepared and did the full route and more each day.  We got lost a few times the first day, so it was handy having a GPS map program.  After that we were more careful and found the directions very good.  We highly recommend this trip to others.  Walking is a wonderful and relaxing way to see the world."
  • May 2016
    Harry B., Oregon, USA

    I had never gone on a walking trip before.  I did not want to tag along with a group, I wanted to enjoy the sights at my leisure and talk to others I met on the way.  I hoped I wouldn't be lost or confused.  The books and notes provided were detailed and clear. The few times I had to verify my location were times when I had been daydreaming or talking and had lost track of where I was in the guide. The entire experience was very pleasant. The scenery was excellent.  I know you can't take blame or credit for the weather, but I had the best week of walking in May.  

     I used the route notes until I arrived at a village, and then switched to the accommodation notes.  It wasn't difficult. It was a great experience. Your guide books had more information than others.  We would compare notes as we were walking."
  • August 2014
    Mick and Wendy Eckardt Victoria BC Canada
    "We are very impressed with the guide books and the communication we have had with you and the walking tour company. Many thanks."
  • July 2014
    Adrianne & Marty - USA
    "We finished our walk today & have had a wonderful time. Everything went smoothly. Throughout our trip, we have heard your praises sung. From our B&B hosts, luggage transport people, taxi drivers, restaurant personnel & your web-page support person. We can now add our voice to the chorus. We got "lost" a couple of times over the 8 days but always quickly found ourselves upon retracing our steps. We met people who were following directions from 2-3 of the other walking companies. It sounds like they got lost much more regularly! When we were lost together & I would pull out your directions, they were always impressed by the detail provided in your trail description, maps & photos. We arrived in Chipping Camden at 1:30 yesterday. We called Paul for a taxi to Hidcoate Gardens. He returned our call within 30 minutes, sent a driver (Barry) & we were at the garden by 2:15! Finally, June in Winchecombe is a marvel! We woke to miserable rain on Saturday. We were strategizing taxi/bus options to Stanton. June pipes up to say she has things she would like for us to see & when we have seen them she will drop us off at our next B&B! We had a wonderful day with her. I can only hope to have her energy & joy for life when I reach her age. Thank you & best wishes. Adrianne & Marty "
  • May 2014
    Liz Newman - Washington, USA
    " Dear Andrew, Today our group had a splendid walk from Moreton to Stow. I've done a little walking in the area previously, so please give my compliments to whoever does your routing for you. I thought the route we took today was the most beautiful walk I've ever had in the Cotswolds. Nothing like local knowledge to set the best itinerary. And the accommodations so far have been enjoyed by everyone. Thanks for putting together such a good trip for me and my friends. Best, Liz I know you've been communicating with Liz Newman on the details of our trip, but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. This has truly been an amazing vacation for all of us. We have loved the walking. The homes and hotels we have stayed in have been so gracious, and the baggage transfers have been flawless. It has been run so professionally, and we are all quite grateful. Thanks so much, Robin Dea "
  • May 2014
    Mary Carter - WA, USA
    "We had such a wonderful time on our walks. So much better than the Viking River Cruise we took last May. The English country folks are so friendly, the B&Bs were charming and the food was even good. (I think about the pub food we ate in London 25 years ago - quite an improvement.) "
  • May 2014
    Sally & Rod Pifhers - Ontario, Canada
    "Hello Andrew, we would like to tell you that we had a great walking trip!! We loved it all,the weather was kind,one day of rain,the last day. All the B&B were good,we have to say the best was Guiting power.Such a warm welcome from Chris and Joanna,and the room was lovely,the breakfast wonderful,and what was so special was the we were serviced it in the dinning room area with log fire burning away in the huge fireplace!! Very rememberable in deed!! Thank you arranging so well the transfer all the our cases .We cant wait to try another such hoilday!!Once again THANKS!! yours Sally and Rod."
  • 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
    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.

  • 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!

  • 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
    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."
  • 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. "
  • 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

*Please note starting the tour on a Thursday or Friday may mean a 2 night stay in Bourton-on-the-Water is necessary with free transfers if no accommodation is available in Stow for one night.

8 nights with the first and last night in a hotel from £705; the remaining 6 nights are in B&Bs
9 nights with the first and last night in a hotel from £775; the remaining 7 nights are in B&Bs
Prices per person based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room. Start on any day of the week.

8 nights with hotels and select B&B's throughout from £815
9 nights with hotels and select B&B's throughout from £905
Prices per person based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room. Start on any day of the week.

  • Up to date and easy to follow route notes and maps in a handy sized booklet. One set per 2 people.
  • 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. 
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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