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.