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The Cotswold Line

From £275 per person for 3 nights
From £350 per person for 4 nights

From £430 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


  • 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!"
  • September 2015
    Mary and Ian, NZ
    "

    Hi Andrew.....just to let you know that we have arrived at the end of our Cotswold Line walk in Moreton in Marsh.

    We have had just such a fabulous trip and would like to thank you for your great organisation of hotels and transfers etc, and of course organising the weather was pretty good as well!

    Also thanks to Steve for his transfer from the Gloucester Airport Hertz depot and his wealth of local knowledge he shared with us.

    Your instruction book was very detailed and absolutely spot on....could not fault it at all!

    We will definitely spread the good word both locally and when we return to NZ

    "
  • June 2014
    Chris Brewster - Oslo, Norway
    "Andrew, We have just returned from your 3 day/4 nights short walking tour from Cheltenham to Moreton in Marsh. We would like to say thank you for an extremely well planned and thought out holiday, including excellent b&b/ Inns. We particularly like the Old Bakehouse at Chipping Camden. You Even got the whether to work for us. Your trail planer was exceptional and very easy to use. See you again sometime later. Kine regards, Chris"
  • June 2014
    Linda and Charles (Andy) Anderson Okemos, Michigan
    "Andrew---We just wanted to let you know that our three day/four night walk through the Cotswolds more than fulfilled our expectations. The guidebook was very accurate, and we never got seriously off the plan. Luggage transfer was seamless, and the accommodations were superb. What a gorgeous part of the world! And while I know we can't count on it next time, the weather was perfect as well. We have wonderful photos and even more wonderful memories. Thank you for your careful attention to the details that made our trip work so well. "
  • May 2014
    Jennifer Mooney - CT, USA
    "I wanted to tell you, despite the weather, we had a wonderful time on our 3 day walk in the Cotswolds! Your book of directions was great, as soon as we acclimated to the terrain, distances and types of gates. By the 2nd day, we didn't make any mistakes! We also thought you recommendations for activities and food were great. We took a taxi to Hidcote and it was well worth it. We also took a taxi back to Chipping Campden and thoroughly enjoyed the Cotswold Olimpicks. My husband cam upon you videos and thought they were well done and informative. I cannot thank you enough for confirming he needed waterproof hiking boots. The trip would have been awful without the waterproof part. We did have a marvelous time and since it was our first walking vacation, have decided to take more. Your company's service was perfect. I thought I would comment on the good as well as the not perfect. Thanks so much."
  • May 2014
    Jamil Ahmed
    "Thank you very much for all the help. The arrangements you made were excellent. I am grateful to you, for me having wonderful experience of a lifetime. Probably will walk the Cotswold again, with my wife, in a couple of years; of course with your company. Best wishes, Jamil"
  • June 2013
    Herb Gliick - USA
    "

    We enjoyed ourselves tremendously despite getting lost twice; but specific recollections are difficult to come by.
    Four days proved to be one day too short; but the additional cost of an extra day might make the price a bit too high at least for those of us who suffer from a weak currency vs. sterling.

    "
  • May 2013
    Ed and Gretchen Ezaki, CA,USA
    "Andrew, Thank you so much for the advice, maps, bookings etc. Our trip was perfect!"
  • May 2013
    Cathy Cavender, CT, USA
    "We had a great trip. Thanks for setting it up!"
Key Points


A taxi from Cheltenham Spa train station to Winchcombe should cost approx £20.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 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. 
WHEN TO GO
Any time of year but we suggest March to November. 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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