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The Cotswold Way

Prices start from £465* per person

for 7 nights B&B based on 2 people

sharing an en-suite room


DURATION: 7-11 NIGHTS / 6 - 10 DAYS

DISTANCE: 102 MILES/164 KM

GRADE: MODERATE TO STRENUOUS

One of the National Trails and a challenging walk focusing more on the walking than the exploring along the way. Wonderful sense of achievement on reaching Bath!! There is so much to see in Bath why not add an extra night?

*See key points below for pricing
cotswold way signpost
Cotswold Way sign © J Gordinier
The Cotswold Way is a long distance walking trail and is 102 miles (163.2 km) in total from Chipping Campden to the steps of Bath Abbey and can be walked in either direction. It was designated a National Trail in May 2007 to showcase its importance and unique qualities as it winds its way through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB). Following the escarpment of the Cotswold hills, it offers panoramic views across the Severn Vale passing through beech woods, open pasture with dry stone walls and picturesque villages with limestone cottages. 

This tour is more about the walking than anything else because it is challenging in terms of the daily mileage you choose and will test your stamina more than any other walk we offer if done over the shortest time of 6 days walking. Extending your time to 9, 10 or 11 nights will help to break up the journey and offer a more relaxing pace without diminishing the sense of achievement at the end.

7 NIGHT OPTION - PRICE £465

Day 1: Overnight at Chipping Campden.

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Winchcombe - (18 miles) - overnight Winchcombe

Day 3: Winchcombe to Leckhampton Hill - (16 miles) - overnight Cheltenham

Day 4: Leckhampton Hill to Painswick - (12½ miles) - overnight Painswick

Day 5: Painswick to Dursley  (17 miles) – overnight Dursley

Day 6: Dursley to Old Sodbury (20 miles) – overnight Old Sodbury

Day 7: Old Sodbury to Bath (18½ miles) – overnight Bath

8 NIGHT OPTION 1 - PRICE £515 (Shorter first walking day)

Day 1: Overnight at Chipping Campden.

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Stanton (10½ miles) – overnight Stanton

Day 3: Stanton to Cleeve Hill (13½ miles) – overnight Cleeve Hill

Day 4: Cleeve Hill to Birdlip (15½ miles) – overnight Birdlip

Day 5: Birdlip to Kings Stanley (16½ miles) – overnight Kings Stanley

Day 6: Kings Stanley to Wotton-under-Edge (14½ miles) – overnight Wotton

Day 7: Wotton-under-Edge to Tormarton (15 miles) – overnight Tormarton

Day 8: Tormarton to Bath (16½ miles) – overnight Bath

8 NIGHT OPTION 2 - PRICE £495

Day 1: Overnight at Chipping Campden.

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Winchcombe (18 miles) – overnight Winchcombe

Day 3: Winchcombe to Leckhampton Hill (16 miles) – overnight Cheltenham

Day 4: Leckhampton Hill to Painswick (12½ miles) – overnight Painswick

Day 5: Painswick to Dursley (17 miles) – overnight Dursley

Day 6: Dursley to Hawkesbury Upton (14½ miles) – overnight Hawkesbury Upton

Day 7: Hawkesbury Upton to Cold Ashton (14 miles) – overnight Cold Ashton

Day 8: Cold Ashton to Bath (10 miles) – overnight Bath

9 NIGHT OPTION - PRICE £575

Day 1: Overnight at Chipping Campden.

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Stanton (10½ miles) or Wood Stanway (12½ miles) - overnight Stanton or Wood Stanway

Day 3: Stanton or Wood Stanway to Prestbury Hill (15½ or 13½ miles) – overnight Prestbury Hill
Possible to spend 2 nights here with transfers provided to and from Birdlip if you prefer

Day 4: Prestbury Hill to Birdlip (13½ miles) – overnight Birdlip

Day 5: Birdlip to King Stanley (16½ miles) – overnight King Stanley

Day 6: King Stanley to Wotton-under-Edge (14½ miles) – overnight Wotton

Day 7: Wotton-under-Edge to Little Sodbury (11 miles) – overnight Chipping Sodbury

Day 8: Little Sodbury to Cold Ashton (10½ miles) – overnight Cold Ashton

Day 9: Cold Ashton to Bath (10 miles) – overnight Bath

10 NIGHT OPTION - PRICE £625 

Day 1: Overnight at Chipping Campden.

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Wood Stanway (12½ miles) – overnight Wood Stanway

Day 3: Wood Stanway to Prestbury Hill (13½ miles) – overnight Prestbury Hill
Possible to spend 2 nights here with transfers provided to and from Birdlip if you prefer

Day 4: Prestbury Hill to Birdlip (13½ miles) – overnight Birdlip

Day 5: Birdlip to Painswick (7 miles) – overnight Painswick  Painswick is ideal for half a day's rest with plenty to see and do.

Day 6: Painswick to Uley (15 miles) – overnight Uley

Day 7: 
Uley to Wotton-under-Edge (9 miles) – overnight Wotton

Day 8: Wotton-under-Edge  to Little Sodbury (11 miles) – overnight Chipping Sodbury

Day 9: Little Sodbury to Cold Ashton (10½ miles) – overnight Cold Ashton

Day 10: Cold Ashton to Bath (10 miles) – overnight Bath

11 NIGHT OPTION - PRICE £675 

Day 1: Overnight at Chipping Campden.

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Stanton (10½ miles) – overnight Stanton

Day 3: Stanton to Winchcombe (7½ miles) – overnight Winchcombe

Day 4: Winchcombe to Dowdeswell (11 miles) – overnight Dowdeswell or Cheltenham

Day 5: Dowdeswell to Birdlip (10 miles) – overnight Birdlip

Day 6: Birdlip to Painswick (7 miles) – overnight Painswick

Day 7: 
Painswick to Kings Stanley or Uley ( 9 or 15 miles) – overnight Kings Stanley or Uley

Day 8: Kings Stanley or Uley to Wotton-under-Edge ( 15 or  9 miles) – overnight Wotton

Day 9: Wotton-under-Edge  to Little Sodbury (11 miles) – overnight Chipping Sodbury

Day 10: Little Sodbury to Cold Ashton (10½ miles) – overnight Cold Ashton

Day 11: Cold Ashton to Bath (10 miles) – overnight Bath
Cotswold Way


  • August 2013
    Richard DaBell – USA
    "

    We had a splendid time. Everything went off without a hitch. All accommodations were good but the standouts were Upper Hill Farm and Labarum Cottage. We also particularly enjoyed Folly Farm for dinner.

    As for lunch, we ate at a spot in Broadway, one in Winchcombe, one in Tormartin, and the Indian restaurant. All were good. Otherwise, we ate energy bars. Of note, Eight Bells is closed for remodeling until October.

    Thanks again for the arrangements and assistance you provided. Very satisfied customers!

    "
  • July 2013
    Thayer Cory and Tom Weet - USA
    "

    In a word, it was terrific!  We were very lucky with the weather, the hiking itself was interesting, the distances just about the right length and our accommodations friendly and comfortable.

    So, thanks again for a great trip.

    "
  • July 2013
    John Parson - UK
    "We had a great time. The arrangements were excellent, and the accommodation all that we could have wished for, with the B&Bs being outstanding.
     
    It was, of course, very hot and humid, and each day we were soon soaking wet with sweat, indeed the only blister we got was where a walking pole rubbed against a very damp finger on my left hand. The other hand was fine! 
     
    We were very fortunate with the rain. We delayed setting off from Birdlip until 10 am because it had been raining heavily earlier, and we arrived at Cold Ashton ten minutes before the heavens opened, so we never wore our kagoules (if that is the correct spelling!).
     
    Of course, our suitcases contained fleeces, pullover, cardigan, vest, gloves and woolly hats, none of which were required!!
     
    We were most impressed with the service which you gave, and will be delighted to recommend you to our friends.
    "
  • June 2013
    Kay Sangar - USA
    "

    The whole thing was seamless -- the hotels, the restaurants and the ferrying of the bags and assorted people throughout the nine days.  You did a terrific job of making sure we were well taken care of.  Thank you for all your efforts.  We especially appreciate that one day when you drove us to Belas Knap and then on to someplace south of Cleeve Hill so we could walk to Leckhampton Hill, call your taxi connection, and make it to our dinner reservations in time.  We enjoyed your restaurant choice there too, as the Montpelier Brasserie.  Thank you also for the maps, phones and books that helped us navigate.

    We really enjoyed it all.  Thank you for all you did.  We will recommend you to everyone we talk to.

    "
  • May 2013
    Alan Sauran - Bush Walking Group - Sydney, Australia
    "The Cotswold Way offers an enticing mixture of history, forests, stone villages and distant views from the escarpment.  Not to mention an abundant selection of real ales. Andrew of Cotswold Walking Holidays was extremely efficient in coordinating accommodation and luggage and people transfers for our two large groups walking the entire way in opposite directions and meeting up in Painswick."
  • April 2013
    Jean Schopf, PA, USA
    "Just a brief note to tell you 'thank you' for a wonderful trip. This was the best walk of my life; enjoyed each of the towns on the Cotswold Walk. The accommodations were wonderful; the owners very friendly and accommodating. Thank you for all of the work that you did in giving us a most memorable trip."
  • September 2012
    Dan and Meredith Azark, Illinois, USA
    "We are savoring a cocktail in front of the fire at the Priory and reflecting on a very enjoyable trip. Thanks for helping us and coming out to see us. We had a great time in spite of the mud and rain. "
  • September 2012
    Greg Bush, NSW, Australia (Solo walker)
    "Spent some time trying to think which day was best but unable to do so. I enjoyed them all, even the first day in the rain. Town wise, I probably enjoyed Wotton Under Edge the best. Good range of accommodation, which added to the trip experience. The Badminton Villa in Bath was a perfect way to finish the walk. I had to cut down on the full English after the first couple of days, even then I usually had lunch as a habit and not a necessity! "
  • June 2012
    Jamie and Paula Botten, Australia
    "Overall it exceeded expectations, it was a brilliant holiday."
  • April 2012
    Thea Lousen, Denmark
    "All the walks were good each day had its own quality even the rainy ones. Overall I would describe the holiday as very good."
  • April 2012
    Rob and Anne Bouwer, Australia
    "The highlight of our eight week overseas holiday! The most useful guide for us was Trailblazer the Cotswold Way. A few times we felt we had lost the track, but we kept on going and always came out in the right spot!

    "
Key Points

Friday and Saturday night's in Bath will incur a  supplement of £30 per person. No supplement for a 2 night stay.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Up to date and easy to follow route notes and maps in a handy sized booklet. 
  • 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.
  • Up-grades 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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