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The Cotswold Ring

From £565 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 cheltenham
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


  • August 2016
    Frans S., Duivendrecht, The Netherlands
    "

    We had a perfect week in the Cotswold. The weather was very fine, the walks were great (not to long or to difficult; very good description) and the B&B’s/hotels were of good quality with very friendly owners. We enjoyed it very much!!


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  • May 2016
    Susan T. and Paula R., Maryland, USA
    "Everything went perfectly!  Your maps, directions and trip notes were easy to follow, complete and detailed.  All of the accommodations were superb. We had a wonderful time, thanks to your attention to detail, and your accommodation of our plans and route choices!  Our innkeepers were all so kind and helpful, too. I am looking forward to my next Cotswold adventure!  We will be in touch for that."
  • May 2016
    Dave & Donna C., Ottawa, Canada
    "We wish to thank you for helping to create such an excellent vacation! We found the guide books and maps very detailed, accurate and concise. We found the accommodation – which varied from quaint historic inns to modern hotels – to be consistently clean, comfortable and well run. The daily luggage transfer was flawless. The walks were an absolute joy.  They were far more varied, interesting and followed a well-planned route than we could have imagined. We consider ourselves reasonably experienced travellers, but this was our first walking holiday of this type.  We are hooked and look forward to future similar trips, we have told our friends here in Canada of our experiences. Thank you again for such a very good holiday.  It all went perfectly and we very much enjoyed every part of it."
  • May 2014
    Gun Denhart - Portland, OR
    "We had a fantastic time! Thank you for all your help - it was a great trip!"
  • May 2014
    Peter and Bernadette May -
    "We are now back in Canada after having had a great walk in the Cotswolds. The weather could not have been more perfect - not one drop of rain!!! If anything it was a little too hot at times. I appreciate the plans you had for us and the arranged accommodation. The maps were easy to follow - though I did have my iPad with me with various maps just in case!!.. Anyway, Andrew many thanks again we had a marvellous time. "
  • April 2014
    Meg - Vermont
    "Dear Andrew and Elizabeth, I love this trip! Love the walking and accommodations you picked- so different but all comfortable. We received a very warm welcome everywhere which made the time very enjoyable. Best of all was the walking and the routes you chose - it was exactly what I wanted and the serendipitous moments (well, sometimes hours) when we wandered were the best! Seeing such beautiful vistas, thoroughbreds at Cheltenham, lambs and sheep everywhere, bluebell woods several places, Hailes Church, Belas Knap barrow, gardens and flowers everywhere, fields of yellow - it was amazing! Thank you for making my England walking dream a reality!"
  • May 2013
    Maria Kelly, Melbourne Australia
    "

    Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed my six days in the Cotswolds and the variety of experiences. The  three days of walking were terrific - there was a range things to see and Robert was very informative and good company. Finishing up at Barnsley House with an afternoon tea was a good way to wrap up the week. I was also pleased on a personal note that the ten miles a day wasn't a problem. The pub lunch recharged the batteries. As I said  to you at the time I also  really enjoyed the day at Rodmartin, Kelmscott and the sidetrack to Tetbury. The gardens have been quite inspirational. Thanks again for your organisation. Everything ran very smoothly.

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  • September 2012
    Victoria and Chrisptopher Morrison, Halifax, UK
    "The accommodation and walking routes were excellent. Easy to understand walking instructions and very detailed maps. The accommodation was great and centrally located in all the villages. All the B&B owners were really helpful especially Alex in Cheltenham. We had a lovely holiday and will be recommending you to all our friends and family. Thanks for helping to sort out parking for the car. "
  • September 2012
    Bob and Monique Bergin, VA, USA (first time walkers)
    "We had a marvellous time. I’ve been telling friends that I can’t think of a single thing to improve the trip. The accommodations were better than we expected and our hosts more than kind and helpful. That goes for you too!"
  • August 2012
    Ed and Elaine Klassen, Peter and Annette Wolfe, BC, Canada
    "Our favourite walk was the walk over Cleeve Common to Winchcombe – we did not expect the experience of such a fantastic view at top of hill. "
  • May 2012
    Gary Sheppard/ Ruth Lax
    "Overall the notes were spot on and easy to follow. There were however several ambiguous sections and descriptions and a couple of minor things had changed since the notes were written. For instance the walk from Cheltenham to the common has markers that have changed or are missing. Also, I think it would help to emphasise that you have to follow the notes absolutely exactly. Presuming will get you lost. Also it might help to include distances from one point to the next. Otherwise everything is great. "
    Thank you so much for your valued feedback. Our routes notes are now updated every year to include any alterations and for 2013 we shall also be adding distances and photos for any areas that have caused confusion.
Key Points

7 nights with the first and last in a luxury B&B from £595 per person based on 2 people sharing an     en-suite room; the remaining 5 nights are in B&Bs. Start on any day of the week.

7 nights with hotels and select B&B's throughout from £715 per person based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room. Start on any day of the week.


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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