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The Cotswold

From £470 per person for 5 nights

From £560 per person for 6 nights

Prices based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room


DURATION: 5 or 6 NIGHTS

DISTANCE: 49¾ MILES/79.7 KM


GRADE: MODERATE

Identical to the Best of the Cotswolds but walked in less time hence some longer walks.

For upgrade prices please see key points below. *Please see guidance on start dates below.

Broadway Tower
Broadway Tower © Broadway Country Park
Good train connections with London Paddington and London airports makes this an easy destination to reach.The same as the Best of the Cotswold walking tour but with longer walking days makes this ideal for more adventurous walkers who are fitter to cover more ground and still have time to explore the villages on arrival. Each of the villages has great selection of places to eat each evening and something of interest for all the family.
Day 1: Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh and overnight

Day 2: Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water - (12 miles/19 km)
After crossing the high wolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, complete with village stocks and picturesque square, the Cotswold passes through Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water, with its many attractions.

Day 3: Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe - (13 miles/21 km)
From Bourton-on-the-Water the route follows the River Windrush to the perfect villages of Naunton and Guiting Power. Then through woods and fields before the 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 4: Winchcombe to Broadway - (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 5: Option 1 Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh - (13¾ miles/22 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. Pass through the charming villages of Broad Campden and Blockley and descend to Batsford, where you may visit the arboretum and falconry centre. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton-in-Marsh for your overnight stay.

Day 5: Option 2 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. 

Day 6: Option 1 Depart from Moreton-in-Marsh Depart after breakfast.

Day 6: Option 2 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 both Bourton House gardens and Sezincote House will be open. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton-in-Marsh for your overnight stay.

Day 7: Option 2 Depart from Moreton-in-Marsh
Depart after breakfast.
Best of Cotswolds Map


  • September 2017
    Fred Aldrich - Nevada, USA
    "We had a great time, everything went exceedingly smoothly.  The accommodations were wonderful, the directions spot on.  At most, we had only one instance of wondering should we go left or right, and that wonderment lasted about two minutes. A wonderful experience.
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  • September 2017
    Richard Sanders - Texas, USA
    "

    We chose Cotswold Walks because of the glowing comments and recommendations that we read, and we were not mislead or disappointed. First, we met several individuals and couples who were also following one CW tour or another along some of the paths that we followed. When we asked how they were enjoying their experience and what they thought of CW, the response was uniformly favorable and enthusiastic. That leads me to believe that our own wonder-filled experience was actually quite typical. Second, we found the guidebook was indispensable, but we made good use of mobile apps that made navigation itself a large part of the pleasure. One piece of gear that we didn’t take was a pair of binoculars. We think it would have been a smart move to scan the far side of a field, for example, to locate the next gate or way marker in the direction indicated by the guidebook. We shall try that on our next walk ― and there will be another, we hope! Like so many others, we have nothing but good things to say about Cotswold Walks, and we really haven’t the words to describe the beauty of the Cotswolds themselves. You must go see it for yourself!

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  • September 2017
    Sergio Kapfer - USA
    "

    I want to say how much we enjoyed our trip to the Cotswolds and how well all the arrangements with your company worked out.  It was truly fantastic and not only met our expectations but exceeded them. Everything about the trip, including the accommodations, restaurants, walking notes, maps, and taxi pick-up arrangement, was excellent. Suffice to say that we will wholeheartedly recommend Cotswold Walks to all of our friends and to the public.  You and your colleagues have been great to work with and, if we return to the Cotswolds, we will surely schedule our trip again with Cotswolds Walks. 

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  • August 2017
    David Robins – New Hampshire, USA
    "

    My wife, her friend and I really enjoyed our Cotswold Walk. Your directions were flawless. So very helpful to list the pubs, cafes and tea rooms in each village and town. We ate scones, clotted cream and jam at every opportunity...Delicious! I will admit that it was a challenge to build any momentum in the walking. I counted 205 gates over six days of walking, which averages out to about 35 gates a day, or about six an hour!

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  • July 2017
    Emily Wieczorek - USA
    "

    My sister and I had a marvellous time on our Cotswold Walks vacation.  We found everything to be well-organized and wonderful.  The maps were great, the overnight accommodations were very nice and the people we encountered were all friendly and helpful.  I have talked about our trip to many friends and family.  I have encouraged many to check out your walks.  Thank you for offering such an opportunity to see first-hand this lovely part of England.

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  • July 2017
    Nigel & Erica Blake - Auckland, New Zealand
    "

    We thoroughly enjoyed the walk and slept well each night. All the accommodation was faultless and breakfasts were great. The booklet of maps and instructions was excellent. Before leaving New Zealand we were sure that we would get lost but your guide was so good that we didn’t get lost at all and only missed one turning where a sign was obscured by tree growth. Only took a minute to realise and we were on the right course again. We have no hesitation recommending your company and the walk to anyone contemplating such a venture.

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  • June 2017
    Wendy Turner
    "

    I can't say enough good about our walk. The map was excellent, accommodation was excellent as well and the scenery was beyond description. This was a highlight of all our travels anywhere.

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  • June 2017
    Michelle Garon & Aaron Keele - Toronto, USA
    "

    This is to thank you for putting together such a wonderful walking tour for us.  My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our Cotswolds adventure.  We lost our hearts to this exquisitely beautiful part of England.  It was nice to have our bags waiting for us each time we arrived at the next port-of-call.  And what a treat to walk with nothing but small day-packs, especially given the heat-wave which coincided with our walk!  The walk itself was superb, and the wide variety of scenery was an unexpected delight.  We so appreciated that the trail alternated between sun-drenched fields, meadows, and pastures and cool, shady woods, so that we never felt too warm or too cold for long.


    But it was the breath-taking views of rolling hills and fetching villages that we found most bewitching.  Each village was a gem with its own unique attractions and charms.  We loved them all and regretted having to leave them behind. The eateries we enjoyed most were easily two of our pub-lunch stops, the Hollow Bottom and the Mount Inn.  Delicious food, convivial atmosphere, congenial hosts…we could go on and on.  We also couldn’t believe the quality of the Cotswold ciders–so delicious and thirst-quenching, particularly after walking many miles in the intense heat.  We were well received at every pub, restaurant, and café we visited and made many new friends along the way. We were very pleased with all our accommodations, each was well situated, well appointed, offered delicious and substantial breakfast, and was run by warm and genial hosts.