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The Cotswold Line

From £290 per person for 3 nights
From £380 per person for 4 nights

From £470 per person for 5 nights

Prices based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room and start any day


DURATION: 3,4 or 5 NIGHTS

DISTANCE: 24¾  MILES/39.6 KM - 33½ MILES/53.6 KM


GRADE: EASY TO MODERATE

The best walking in the shortest time. Links the Cotswold Line train station in the north with Cheltenham Spa station in the south making easy access to London or the airport. 

Upgraded accommodation available on request
Winchcombe
Winchcombe © Nick Turner
If you are short of time and want to concentrate you walking into 2 or 3 days then this is suitable for you. It includes some of the best walking in the Cotswolds tailored to suit your needs and budget.
3 NIGHTS / 2 DAYS WALKING
Day 1:
Arrive Cheltenham Spa train station and transfer by taxi to Winchcombe (not included) and overnight in Winchcombe.

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4:
Depart after breakfast.

4 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS WALKING
Day 1:
Arrive Cheltenham Spa train station and transfer by taxi to Winchcombe (not included) and overnight in Winchcombe.

Day 2: 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 3: Broadway to Chipping Campden - (6 miles/9.5 km)

A half day's walk over the hills via Broadway Tower with its magnificent views to Chipping Campden. In the afternoon, explore this charming town with its silversmiths and 'wool church', or visit Dover's Hill, site of the annual 'Cotswold Olympiks', or the beautiful gardens at Kiftsgate or the National Trust gardens at Hidcote; or spend the afternoon at nearby Stratford-on-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare.


Day 4: 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 for your overnight stay.


Day 5:

Depart after breakfast.


5 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS WALKING
Day 1:
Arrive Cheltenham Spa train station and overnight stay.

Day 2: Cheltenham to Winchcombe  - (8¾ miles/14 km)

Starting from the classical Pump Room, the route crosses Cleeve Hill - the highest point of the Cotswolds - to Belas Knap long barrow and descends to Sudeley Castle and the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, with its fine wool church. Overnight in Winchcombe.


Day 3: 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 4: Broadway to Chipping Campden - (6 miles/9.5 km)

A half day's walk over the hills via Broadway Tower with its magnificent views to Chipping Campden. In the afternoon, explore this charming town with its silversmiths and 'wool church', or visit Dover's Hill, site of the annual 'Cotswold Olympiks', or the beautiful gardens at Kiftsgate or the National Trust gardens at Hidcote; or spend the afternoon at nearby Stratford-on-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare.


Day 5: 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 will be open. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton-in-Marsh for your overnight stay.


Day 6: 
Depart after breakfast.

Cotswold Line


  • October 2017
    Jon Gold & Christy Joyce - Ossining, USA
    "

    We had a wonderful time on our walking tour of the Cotswolds.  The walking guide was excellent and fun to work with, the accommodations were just what we were hoping for and the luggage transportation worked perfectly.  All of the accommodations were very good. We definitely prefer B&Bs and small inns to large hotels.  The food along the way was also very enjoyable, both imaginative and traditional.  We were lucky in the weather, too.  A good amount of sun and no rain. Using the Ordnance Survey app was very helpful in confirming that we were on the right path.  On two occasions we made a wrong turn, but were quickly able to get back on track. We’d definitely like to take more walking tours. Next time we might include layover days to have more time to explore some of the villages and towns.

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  • October 2017
    Jacqueline Wierstra & Dirk Jan Munnik - The Netherlands
    "

    Thank you for a great autumn holiday in the Cotswolds. We enjoyed the walks very much. The directions were very clear, the accommodation you booked for us was wonderful and the transport of our luggage was flawless.

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  • October 2017
    Jeanine & Ed Berry
    "

    We had a fabulous time on our walk! Great weather, lovely hotels, and spectacular scenery. Thanks so much!

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  • September 2017
    Lily Flood
    "

    Thank you for a lovely vacation, we enjoyed our trip through the lovely countryside. The accommodations were all very delightful. We will recommend your service to others.

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  • September 2017
    Hiroyuki and Yoshiko Watanabe - Japan
    "

    Thank you very much for your planning. We actually realized that Cotswold is one of the most beautiful place to live and the people are polite and kind. We hope we have a chance to go again. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!

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  • August 2017
    Pat & Jack Cohen
    "

    Jack and I were very pleased with our trek through the Cotswolds; it was a highlight of our trip. It was more of a hike than either of us had expected but we thoroughly enjoyed the challenging experience of ‘orienteering’ the written and map directions through the pleasant Cotswold countryside. For Jack and me, it was a delightful experience. We enjoyed each of the three lodgings we stayed in; each was unique and comfortable. We are hoping to do a ‘Cotswold Walk' again; the only change we might make is to take more time and stay at each location more than one night so we can explore the area a bit more. We hope to contact you again for a future adventure.

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  • August 2017
    Jennifer Stone & Bob Waldinger - Massachusetts, USA
    "

    We had a wonderful experience with Cotswold Walks! I only wish we had had more time. High points include climbing from the village of Broadway up steep fields on a crystal clear morning, each field yielding more expansive views, until we reached the tower at the top. We passed friendly sheep and red deer. The view from the top was spectacular. Our walk to Broadway was beautiful - a perfectly-guided route led us through fields and woods, past fascinating old churches and grand homes, and through picturesque villages. This was a perfect day of history, beauty, well-paced walking, and a grateful homecoming to our hosts. Our taxi driver was prompt, reliable, and a terrific source of local stories. He oriented us to our walk and took us to the train at the end of the walk. He's a treasure. We'd love to come back and do different parts of the route. Thank you for accommodating our limited available time!

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  • August 2017
    Nick Holman - USA
    "

    Everything went very well on our visit to the Cotswolds. We managed to work in a few short hikes and saw many lovely sites in the area. Our accommodations were very nice and all of our hosts were terrific.

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  • June 2017
    Jim Spinner - USA
    "

    We really enjoyed our walk and very much we appreciated your company's organization of the walk!! The guidebooks and information provided were excellent, as was the itinerary. We also very much enjoyed the hotels and B&B's that you had arranged for us.

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  • June 2017
    Michael Bresler - Chicago, USA
    "

    You did a great job of arranging the hike. Thank you. The directions in the book were extremely accurate and the hikes were challenging, but enjoyable. The hotels were mostly very good.

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  • May 2017
    Dave Calderhead - Seattle, USA
    "

    I just want to say how much the four of us enjoyed our walk and to thank you again for all your help in arranging the trip. It was really the best way to experience the Cotswolds for the first time. All the accommodations were lovely.

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  • May 2017
    Juliet Smith - Wellington, New Zealand
    "

    My daughter, Katherine, and I did your Cotswold Walk in May. We had a wonderful time, didn't get lost (thanks to the very clear directions), had very enjoyable stays at the places arranged for us each night and had very good weather for the whole week.  I had always wanted to do such a walk and am so glad we managed one at last.

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  • April 2017
    Wendi & Jeff Klein
    "

    THANK YOU! Jeff and I had a fabulous time.  The weather complied, our accommodation exceeded our expectations and your suggestions were all spot on. We have wonderful memories of a beautiful few days wandering through gorgeous fields amidst sheep and their new-born offspring and surrounded by breath-taking landscape.

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  • April 2017
    Geoff & Carol Dunham - New Jersey, USA
    "

    We thoroughly enjoyed our ramble on the Cotswold Line.  The combination of beautiful scenery, extraordinarily picturesque villages, excellent inns, delicious meals and ale and delightful people all made the trip most memorable.  We needed the break in the country.  All the accommodations were first rate.  And your excellent directions meant we didn't get lost once!  Thanks again for organizing such a wonderful get-away.

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  • August 2016
    Anja L., Winterthur, Switzerland
    "We were very very happy with your service. All the accommodations were wonderful. They were always clean, comfortable beds, very friendly staff or host and good located. Also the luggage transport worked always. We experienced a wonderful walking holiday. Best regards and thank you very much again for this great organisation!"
  • June 2016
    Rachel & Larry N, New York, USA
    "I wanted to report back and let you know what a wonderful time we had in the Cotswolds with your guidance. We found the route notes to be thorough and clear, and your suggestions in the accompanying guide were very helpful.  We were caught in only one downpour, which fortunately coincided with a trip to the shelter of the Arboretum cafe.  All accommodations were wonderful; I will be recommending Cotswold Walks to everyone I know who may be considering a visit. Thanks again for helping Larry and me have a lovely and quite memorable experience in the Cotswolds."
  • May 2016
    Amy & Mark L., Washington, USA
    "My husband and I really enjoyed our trip. It's always a little disconcerting for me to try something for the first time but everything went smoothly and we had a great adventure. The directions were all very well written and we never got lost thanks to the guidebook and my husband's navigator skills. He really enjoyed having to read a map since people don't get to do that much anymore since GPS. He found it a fun challenge. I think we were really fortunate with the weather in May when we went. It was sunny and much hotter than we were expecting. We only had to use our rain gear on one day of our walk but we enjoyed that experience as well. It felt very J.R.R Tolkeinish to be wandering across England in the misty rain. Very romantic.  Overall: We loved it! We have great memories! It was a special time for my husband and I to be together in the quiet beauty of the English countryside. It was calm, peaceful, beautiful, quiet and idyllic (oh, to live the life of a Cotswold sheep!). The walking was challenging but doable and when we finished each day we really felt like we had accomplished something enjoyable and worthwhile. We loved seeing another country by walking through it. It felt much more real and personal. We had no troubles with any of the logistics whether the accommodations, the directions or our luggage. It was great to leave our luggage and have it "magically" appear at our next destination. It was an extra plus that the weather was sunny and warm although we also enjoyed our day in the rain. Thanks so much for helping make this vacation memorable and enjoyable!"
  • May 2016
    Bruce & Susan McE., Philadelphia, USA
    "I wanted to thank you for our Cotswold Line hike experience. Our accommodations and luggage worked out fine. The maps and trip notes were very helpful. This was our first trip to the UK, so the walk gave us a chance to see things that we would probably not be able to see if we had attempted to plan our own time in the Cotswold area. Thanks again!