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The Cotswold Ring

From £585 per person based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room

DURATION: 7 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS

DISTANCE: 63 MILES/103 KM

GRADE: MODERATE - (STRENUOUS LAST DAY OPTION)

The best of the walks at a relaxing pace and good rail links to regional airports or to London. Add an extra night in Chipping Campden to visit Hidcote or Kiftsgate gardens or do a side trip to Stratford-upon-Avon and visit Shakespeare's birthplace?

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Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham © Cotswold Walks
Day 1: Arrive in Cheltenham Spa and overnight

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 or 11 miles/ 14.4 or 17.7km)
Follow the pilgrims' route to Hailes Abbey, then over the hills to Jacobean Stanway House and on to idyllic Stanton, before reaching the old coaching village of Broadway for overnight.

Day 4: Broadway to Chipping Campden - (6 miles/9.5 km)
A half day's walking 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 House will be open. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton-in-Marsh for your overnight stay.

Day 6: 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 Ring then passes through Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water, prettily located on the River Windrush, with its many attractions.

Day 7: Option 1 - Bourton-on-the-Water to Cheltenham - (17½ miles/28 km)
The Ring follows the pretty Windrush through the lovely villages of Naunton and Guiting Power. Finally, a dramatic descent from the high wolds through the meadows of the Cotswold escarpment to journey's end at the village of Prestbury, on the outskirts of Cheltenham. (Although a beautiful walk, it is a long one. If you prefer, you may spend a second night in Bourton and do a circular walk as below, or walk to Winchcombe, 13 miles/21km and spend the last night there. Let us know at the time of booking if you prefer this option. You will need to take a bus or taxi back to Cheltenham the next morning to catch the train).

Day 7: Option 2 - Circular walk to Naunton and returning to Bourton-on-the-Water - (10 miles/16 km)
Head out of Bourton along the Windrush Way to Naunton with its picturesque village and pub for a welcome break at the half-way point. Return along the Warden's Way via valleys and woodlands through Upper and Lower Slaughter. Either catch the bus back to Cheltenham or have a second overnight in Bourton.

Day 8:
Depart after breakfast.
Cotswold Ring


  • October 2017
    Bill Hartley
    "

    We had a great time. The pre-tour notes and packing guides were very helpful. The route notes were easy to follow on the days we walked alone and I am sure we would have found them easy to use and informative for all days had we not had Robert guiding us. That being said, having Robert as a guide made the walk that much better. Robert pointed things out we would have walked by and gave us history and stories we otherwise would not have got. All the accommodations were fine. The restaurants were generally good. We had an especially good time and meal at No. 131.


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  • September 2017
    Carol Good - Canada
    "

    Highlights of our trip included connecting with other walkers, having a warm welcome at the end of each day, having the luggage waiting, experiencing the flora and fauna along the paths (eg, blackberries and pheasants) and having so much access to beautiful vistas. The accommodations were great - clean, quiet, welcoming, comfortable, unique - hearty breakfasts & helpful dinner suggestions much appreciated.

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  • September 2017
    Dale Yoder - Seattle, USA
    "

    We had a great time on our trip through the Cotswolds.  I wasn't sure I could do 50 or 60 miles of walking through the countryside, but by the time I got to the top of Cleeve Hill I had no doubt that anything was possible.  For the most part the directions were very good.  I enjoyed working with my brother at deciphering the directions, it kind of added something to the trip that you wouldn't get by just hiking on a trail. A couple of memorable moments seem to be at lunchtime. Remember coming into Stanton all muddy and tired, walking up the hill to the Mount Inn.  We went in and took off our boots, found the last table in the bar and had a pint and a fabulous meal.  Next best was sitting on Dover's Hill outside Chipping Campden eating the cheddar and chutney sandwiches Delia had made for us. Thanks for helping putting together a great trip for us.

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  • July 2017
    Jan Quist
    "

    What a memorable week walking in the Cotswolds was! Everything went like a charm. No hiccups, no unfound routes, no lost reservations. You planned everything solidly, and all we had to do is follow the instructions - which we did! We had lovely walks, saw lovely scenery, lovely villages, stayed in lovely hotels. All perfectly planned. Thank you for a wonderful Cotswold week! We will certainly come back at some point - and in the meantime, recommend you to our friends with similar inclinations.

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  • June 2017
    Marcial Campos - Madrid, Spain
    "

    Overall we found the Cotswold Ring a great experience. The walks, the villages and the gardens were really magnificent. The hotels were all pleasant and the people invariably nice. We really had a great time despite the rain!

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  • May 2017
    Nicolette Linse
    "

    Our walk and experience was a huge success. Thank you so very, very much for your help in organizing, planning, and scheduling. Our whole experience with Cotswold Walks was an outstanding one. We got to experience rain for 20 minutes on our last day of walking in Bibury, just enough to justify bringing rain gear!

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  • May 2017
    Kren Teren
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    We are still smiling over the memories of our trip to the Cotswolds.  All three couples agreed that it was a great trip, the walking was very doable for us all, we loved all the villages we stayed in and marvelled at the beautiful countryside we saw along the way. Thank you for the work that you did in putting our walk together. All of those arrangements were flawless. Your directions in your guidebook were spot on. Thanks again for making our trip so effortless, comfortable and oh so enjoyable!


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  • May 2017
    Judy Auld
    "

    Thank you for making our trip so special. Everything was wonderful, the route, the route notes, the accommodations, our luggage being transported and meeting so many wonderful people. We are already talking about the possibility of doing another hiking trip in the Cotswolds.