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Best of the Cotswolds

From £715 per person for 8 nights
From £795 per person for 9 nights

Prices based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room


DURATION: 8 or 9 NIGHTS

DISTANCE: 49¾ MILES/79.7 KM


GRADE: EASY TO MODERATE

Walk through some of the finest North Cotswold villages with shorter walking days. This walk allows the maximum time to explore the villages and walk at a relaxed pace.

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The Butter market in Chipping Campden © Jo Ward

Good train connections with London Paddington and shorter walking days make this an ideal starter walk for any novice walker or someone wanting to have more time to enjoy the scenery and visit the many attractions along the way and in the villages upon arrival. It encapsulates the best walking in the Cotswolds done at a leisurely pace and with detailed route notes and maps to make a hassle free walk and a memorable Cotswold journey.
Day 1: Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh and overnight

Day 2: Moreton-in-Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold - (7½ miles/12 km)
Cross the high wolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, complete with village stocks and picturesque square, via the fantastic Mogul manor house at Sezincote and a number of pretty hamlets. Overnight Stow-on-the-Wold.

Day 3: Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water - (4½ miles/7 km)
Today's route from Stow-on-the-Wold is a leisurely downhill walk across meadows to picturesque Lower Slaughter with its working mill and on to Bourton-on-the-Water, with its many attractions. Overnight Bourton-on-the-Water. A longer alternative walk is available for this day if you wish.

Day 4: Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power - (6½ miles/10.5 km) or another night in Bourton (10 mile circular walk)
The route follows the River Windrush to the village of Naunton with its ancient dovecote and on to lovely Guiting Power, where the church has a fine Norman arch. Overnight Guiting Power. As an alternative you could spend a 2nd night in Bourton and do a 10 mile circular walk that follows the same route to Naunton and then comes back through Upper and Lower Slaughter and have a transfer to Guiting Power the next morning for no extra cost.

Day 5: Guiting Power to Winchcombe - (6½ miles/10.5 km)
Walk through woods and fields before the dramatic descent to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, close to Sudeley Castle, last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife. Overnight in Winchcombe, with its fascinating church and local museums.

Day 6 Option One: Winchcombe to Broadway via Stanton (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 6 Option Two: Winchcombe to Stanton (7¾  miles/12.5 km)
The walk will be the same as for option one but the walk will end in Stanton, where you will spend the night.

Day 7 Option Two: Stanton to Broadway (3¼ miles/5.2 km)
Continue the walk to the coaching village of Broadway, where you will spend the night. We also have a longer walk for 6 miles via Snowshill Manor if you wish.

Day 7 for Option One and Day 8 for Option Two: Broadway to Chipping Campden (6 miles/9.5 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. Overnight in Chipping Campden.

Day 8 for Option One and Day 9 for Option Two: 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. Overnight Moreton in Marsh.

Day 9 or 10:
Depart after breakfast.
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  • September 2019
    DONNA D.
    "
    I can honestly say that it was the best vacation of my life! We loved every minute of it and with your planning it went without a hitch! We did manage to get turned around twice during the walk, which we put down to our own error by misreading the map instructions, but were easily able to get back on track. All of the accommodations provided friendly owners, great breakfasts and locations."
  • September 2019
    IAN W.
    "
    We had the most enjoyable time on our walk, it was truly one of the best holidays my wife and I have had in years. The scenery, the history and the people we met on our travels were all wonderful."
  • August 2019
    JOLI J.
    "
    I can’t say enough great things about your team and about Cotswold Walks. Every day was a joy. We loved all our accommodations...each one had its own charm. I am so appreciative that it was always so easy to communicate with Andrew and staff and how Andrew went above and beyond to help me problem solve after my hiking boots failed me! Sending you all so much gratitude. I hope our paths cross again!"
  • July 2019
    LORI R.
    "
    I organize African safaris, so I am very choosy about who I use when I travel. Cotswold walks is the best choice for walks in the area. Everything down to the last detail was taken care of and we even got a visit on our first day from the owner to make sure we were all set."
  • July 2019
    MELINDA T.
    "
    Thank you, Andrew and Indie for such a wonderful experience! We loved every walk, hotel and meal and the countryside was spectacular! I think it was our best ever vacation and will highly recommend it to our friends!"
  • June 2019
    MATT B.
    "
    Just a quick note to thank you all for your time and diligence in the preparation of our Cotswold’s walking holiday with you in June of this year. Your attention to detail was remarkable, especially the presentation of your detailed maps and instructions which were easy to follow once we got the hang of it. The first day was a bit of a challenge but once we found the “gap in the hedge”, we were away!"
  • May 2019
    FRED F.
    "
    My wife and I just completed our second walking excursion with Cotswold Walks. Our first was six years ago and it was our favourite vacation in over 40 years of marriage. Our recent vacation, 8 days of walking in “The Best of the Cotswolds” was equally memorable.

    Our test of the quality of service is what happens when something goes slightly askew. Andrew and Adam were immediately on top of it when that happened, and a minor issue was immediately and satisfactorily addressed.
    In short, our 7 days of rambling through gorgeous surroundings with first-rate hospitality were worry-free and thrilling. We’re already thinking of our next trip to the UK."
  • September 2018
    PAMELA WALLLER & ERIC PETERSEN
    "

    Eric and I had a wonderful trip, it more than met our expectations on every level. I will miss all the pubs and tea cafes which was such a part of the whole experience for us. We did the best of the Cotswold walk and it was a perfect length for my knees plus it gave us time to explore the villages. They were a history buff’s ( like me)dream. The stand outs for us were Guiting Power and the Guiting Guest House, Winchcombe and The Lion Inn, Chipping Campden and The Old Bakehouse. I would have liked to have spent two days in the latter two villages, just soaking up the atmosphere.

    All the Hosts and staff at the hotels were helpful and amiable. We found the walk directions mostly easy to follow and great fun, only had to back track twice. Such an accomplishment when we actually completed a walk, it often felt like a scavenger hunt. We did not run into many other walkers except from Broadway to Chipping Campden which was enjoyable to feel like it was just us tramping around the countryside of England. The weather as you know was mixed, with the first week having rainy and wind periods and the last week all sunny. Since it was like the weather here in the Northwest we were prepared and not at all surprised, even the one day of wet feet did not diminish the pleasure of the walks.

    A highlight of travel for us is meeting the many people along the way and having good conversations. One encounter that will stay with us is, while walking through Blockley a comment with a couple unloading their car led to an hour long conversation in their garden. That is the serendipity that happens when traveling alone.

    So thank you for a great trip, the organization and attention to detail was impressive. We are so glad we choose your company for this long thought about trip. One part of your online advertising that caused me to use your services rather than all the other walking tour companies out there was the, “ Why use us”? “We live here and know the Cotswold”. That just made sense.


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  • August 2018
    SHAN EARL
    "

    Have just arrived back in Australia after my UK trip and would like to thank you and your team for providing us with a fantastic 8 days walking in the Cotswolds at the beginning of our trip..

    The accomodation , organisation and walking directions were first class and enabled us to enjoy each day to the max.  I will recommend your business to all my friends and would love to do another walk through you in the future....

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  • August 2018
    Brooks Dexter
    "

    Maggie and I are heading home this afternoon.  Thank you for booking us on our walking trip in the Cotswolds.  Your trail instructions, together with the ORD App, we great - we were pretty much on the right trail at all times.  When we made a wrong turn we soon back on track.  We appreciated the recommendations for refreshment and dinner along the way.

    I would not hesitate to recommend Cotswold Walks to friends looking for a pleasant walking trip in the Cotswolds.

    Thanks again for helping us with this tour.

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  • July 2018
    ANNIE & STEVE SEGAL
    "

    We had a lovely peaceful time in the Cotswolds. Your company did everything right including turning off the rain (with the exception of the first morning). We would highly recommend others use your services.

    About the only complaint we have is that you should tell people to bring an extra pants belt. With an infinite supply of scones and clotted cream I fear some people will need a larger belt once they gain the weight around the third or fourth day!