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The Cotswold

From £425 per person for 5 nights

From £510 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


  • July 2016
    Oddmund F., Nesttun, Norway
    "

    We are very happy with our trip in Cotswold. Everything went well, and we had no problems at all! The guide was very good, precise and very instructive. The best guide we have ever had.

    The hotels were nice, good quality and charming. Will also mention the nice weather, even if that is not any of your responsibility. We just love the landscape and the scenery of Cotswold. We are used to mountain hiking in Norway, and the rolling hills of Cotswold and the easy walks were a welcoming contrast.

    With a photo from one of the nice fields we crossed, we thank you for the nice trip and your good service. We surely will recommend Cotswold Walks, and hope to be back some sunny day."
  • July 2016
    Ursula C., Ohio, USA
    "Thank you for organizing such a fabulous walk. Frankly, this trip was one of the best things I've ever done. I loved being able to walk, so unencumbered and free. I really enjoyed how the terrain varied greatly from woodlands to wheat fields to sheep pastures. I adored walking through small villages, church graveyards and past the lushest cottage gardens. My favorite walk was from Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe. All the B&Bs were utterly perfect: quaint and quiet
    I walked alone and loved it. The narrative instructions were very clear I will also say that walkers should be prepared for a learning curve while reading the instructions; as an American, there was a sight cultural difference in how things were described. I took advantage of many of your suggestions. For example, I visited the Batsford Arboretum and Garden Center twice, Sudeley Castle, Sezincote House, and the Hidcote and Kiftsgate gardens. I will absolutely do it again; I plan to do the Oxford to Bath walk in the near future."
  • May 2016
    Leanne A., British Columbia, Canada
    "My daughter, Holly, and I had a fantastic time on our walking tour! It's something I've wanted to do for many years, and it will remain one of the most memorable experiences of my life. What a wonderful time of year to walk, with all the young farm animals and wild flowers everywhere. The lambs were particularly entertaining to watch, and we got a little carried away taking photos of them. We had mixed weather throughout, and some of the route was quite muddy, but that wasn't anything we hadn't expected. Each of the four days was unique in terms of the terrain and the scenery, and although the last day was a bit of a struggle trudging uphill against huge winds and rain, every moment was special none-the-less. The entire route was incredibly scenic and serene, with many a friendly wave from the local farmers. I'd like to thank you for doing such a thorough and efficient job of preparing both the pre-tour information and the route notes. We always knew just what to expect, and the notes and maps were so detailed, and the directions so clear, that we had no need of any other guidance along the way. The accommodations were all excellent; the rooms were wonderfully comfortable, and I can't say enough about how helpful the staff were. Thanks for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us - would love to do another soon!"
  • May 2016
    John W., Washington, USA
    "We loved our vacation! The weather was great with only a little rain on our shortest day - we liked the opportunity to use all of the rain gear we had invested in!  Everyone we met was so friendly. All of our stays were good; we especially liked the charming B&Bs."
  • July 2014
    Mary Welford - VT, USA
    "Back in Moreton-in-Marsh after a thoroughly enjoyable five days. The directions were great, the lengths and variety of walks each day were just right and all the accommodations were wonderful. Will send you some pictures when we get home. 

    Winchcombe"
  • June 2014
    Jim and Kathy Dawson - KS, USA
    "First, everything about Cotswolds Walks was great. From your website to the booking forms to the guides, we found the entire experience first class. Congratulations on developing such a complete package. The guide book was extremely well done. All of the directions were accurate, including the advice that sometimes the path might not be too evident. We only had two miscues where we had to double back and each time it was how we interpreted the directions. Our Cotswolds Walk was a trip of a lifetime and you helped make it so special. We will definitely recommend your service to others. Thank you so much. "
  • June 2014
    Mary Tucker
    "I just wanted to let you know that we've returned from our walk and had a wonderful, wonderful time. We loved all the accommodations, the general information you provided and the excellent maps. It did rain two days, but those were still perfect in their own way. You live in a beautiful country. We miss it already. Thank you for your help! "
  • September 2013
    Maril and Charles Levy - USA
    "We think Cotswold Walks did a terrific job: pre-trip guidance (what to pack, how to prepare for the hikes), maps, general info (where to eat and what to see in each small hamlet), hotel and B&B reservations, and transporting our luggage from place to place each day. I'd recommend them without hesitation. "
  • June 2013
    Clark T. Stirling – USA
    "

    The trip arranged by Cotswold Walks was special and allowed us to connect with nature and each other in ways we hadn’t before experienced.

    Here is an excerpt from Clark’s wonderful essay on his trip to the Cotswolds to read the full piece head to our Facebook page.

    …..Everyday around noon we’d find a pub for lunch.   As we didn’t see any other walkers the first three days, it was generally easy to score a table.   Even in the larger towns of perhaps 500 hundred people, tourist activity was still light, as our trip started in early June.   The second day we had a fabulous ploughman’s lunch at the Farmers Arms’ in Guiting Power, and for most of the meal, we were the only patrons.   Local product was abundant and delicious, including breads, cheeses, fruit, vegetables and meat.  Given the reputation of English food, we were pleasantly surprised at how scrumptious we found all the local offerings.  I took a special liking to clotted cream on scones.  

    Day three was our favorite, combining views that seemed to stretch across to Ireland, with quickly changing scenery that included wooded sections, villages with clusters of charming houses – Stanton was unreal…

    "
  • June 2013
    Walter Branson – USA
    "

    We were very pleased with the tour. The directions were easier to follow than we thought they would be. The only part on which we had a little trouble was between Chipping Campden and Bourton on Water, along the edge of some connected fields. The accommodations were all good. I liked the hotel in Winchcombe the best and the B&B in Broadway the least.

    I notice that your website contains mostly pictures of villages, without much in the way of pictures of the beautiful English countryside, which is most of the walk. 

    "
  • June 2013
    Donna Lindsey – USA,
    "

    We had a wonderful holiday and are now back in the US. 

    The route instructions you provided were excellent but we got badly lost the first day shortly after leaving Stow-on-the-Wold and crossing A429.  Finally, a lady at the big stable block pointed us in the right direction.  She thought the new property owner who replaced some old field gates might not have replaced some of the way markers.  I thought you might like to know this for the benefit of your other walkers.  

    "
  • May 2013
    Richard Campion, Canada
    "Just wanted to send you a short note of Thanks for arranging this tour and doing it on such short notice. Everything you arranged; from maps and hiking directions to luggage transfer and accommodation went like clock work with no glitches what-so-ever. I am very pleased to say the B&B hosts, accommodation, and breakfasts exceeded my expectations. In spite of the rainy weather and muddy trekking for the first two days, I had a fantastic time and have no hesitation in recommending your Cotswold Walking Holiday company. Thanks again, Richard"
  • August 2012
    Michael Finkelstein, NY, USA
    "We had a wonderful walking trip and we thank you! The instructions scared us at first, but turned out to be wonderfully accurate and not hard to follow. We showed them at one point to a local dog walker who joined us for a bit and he said they were much better than others he had seen. Your B & B people were uniformly helpful, welcoming, and supportive. So congratulations on a good job! "
Key Points

*Please note starting the tour of 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 Bourton for one night.

5 night tour with hotel first and last night from £465 per person; the remaining 3 nights are in B&Bs
6 night tour with hotel first and last night from £545 per person; the remaining 4 nights are in B&Bs
Prices based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room. Start any day of the week.

5 night tour with hotels and select B&B's throughout from £575 per person
6 night tour with hotels and select B&B's throughout from £655 per person
Prices based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room. Start any any of the week.

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 but we suggest March to November. Departure on any day subject to accommodation availability. Starting the tour on a Friday may mean a 2 night stay in Bourton with free transfers at busy times of the year.
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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