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The Cotswold Line

From £310 per person for 3 nights
From £390 per person for 4 nights

From £480 per person for 5 nights

Prices based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room and start any day


DURATION: 3,4 or 5 NIGHTS

DISTANCE: 24¾  MILES/39.6 KM - 33½ MILES/53.6 KM


GRADE: EASY TO MODERATE

The best walking in the shortest time. Links the Cotswold Line train station in the north with Cheltenham Spa station in the south making easy access to London or the airport. 

Upgraded accommodation available on request
Winchcombe
Winchcombe © Nick Turner
If you are short of time and want to concentrate you walking into 2 or 3 days then this is suitable for you. It includes some of the best walking in the Cotswolds tailored to suit your needs and budget.
3 NIGHTS / 2 DAYS WALKING
Day 1:
Arrive Cheltenham Spa train station and transfer by taxi to Winchcombe (not included) and overnight in Winchcombe.

Day 2: Winchcombe to Broadway - (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 3: Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh - (13¾ miles/22 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. Pass through the charming villages of Broad Campden and Blockley and descend to Batsford, where you may visit the arboretum and falconry centre. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton-in-Marsh for your overnight stay.


Day 4:
Depart after breakfast.

4 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS WALKING
Day 1:
Arrive Cheltenham Spa train station and transfer by taxi to Winchcombe (not included) and overnight in Winchcombe.

Day 2: Winchcombe to Broadway - (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 3: Broadway to Chipping Campden - (6 miles/9.5 km)

A half day's walk 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 4: 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 5:

Depart after breakfast.


5 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS WALKING
Day 1:
Arrive Cheltenham Spa train station and overnight stay.

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 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 4: Broadway to Chipping Campden - (6 miles/9.5 km)

A half day's walk 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 will be open. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton-in-Marsh for your overnight stay.


Day 6: 
Depart after breakfast.

Cotswold Line


  • October 2018
    DONNA CAMERON
    "

    I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our walk. The Cotswolds are so beautiful.   We would highly recommend your company for the detailed planning and the choice of accommodations. The hosts were friendly and very helpful and the food delicious.  Cheers to Harry and Douglas at Hill House for providing us with an early breakfast so we could catch a train.  We made a couple of wrong turns but nothing we couldn't figure out to get us back on the right track. We had the most amazing weather too -- sunshine and no rain the entire time. I know we were lucky for that--guess it helps being prepared with rain gear but not having to use it.

    "
  • September 2018
    JEAN KIRSTEIN
    "Good morning!  We had a wonderful trip.  The weather was remarkable - no rain.  The people were exceptional at all the lodgings and restaurants we experienced. 

    The walking notes could be confusing at times but the electronic maps sorted it out easily.

    Thank you for putting together this wonderful trip.  If I were lucky enough to do it again I would stay two days in each town as there is so much to see and do in every one.  
    "
  • September 2018
    STEVE SINGER
    "

    It was a great experience to walk through the magnificent Cotswold countryside.  The weather was perfect, the accommodations were appropriate to allow us to feel as if we were "locals", and the towns we visited were quite interesting.  We especially enjoyed Broadway and our dinners at the Broadway Hotel pub and Russell's. We also spent a lovely evening at dinner in Chipping Campden at a restaurant and bar offering some 30+ different gin, tonic and fruit combinations. I don't recall the name, but it was next door to the Fig. The guide instructions were very detailed. Having said that, we did find ourselves "off track" two or three times, but we were able to figure it out. Our most interesting moment on our walk was commenting about a sign which read "Bull in field". We laughed and then looked and there, indeed, was a very large bull surrounded by other cattle, standing directly on the path we needed to access. We decided to take a longer, less direct route through that field!  All in all, a most memorable trip.  Thank you and your team for your guidance and flexibility. Ill send you a picture or two. Cheers.  Steven and Nan

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  • September 2018
    KATHLEEN SHELMAN
    "

    We really enjoyed our walk. Lots of beautiful views, farm animals, good breakfasts, interesting stops, and great accommodations each evening. We purposely chose shorter distances on this walk so that we could enjoy the villages and have time to relax. We especially enjoyed the Apple B&B in Broadway and the inn in Moreton-in-Marsh. 

    Our only suggestion is that the first part of the walk, from Cheltenham race course to the top of the hill, was confusing. You may want to have some one walk it to make sure of the directions although maybe we missed something. Luckily we met a dog walker at the top who got us on the right path. The rest seemed pretty straightforward with only a couple of trial and error spots. Thanks for planning a memorable walk!


    "
    Dear Kathleen, thank you so much for your feedback, we encourage everyone to download the OS map to their phone before you arrive, (which you should receive in advance), which can help remedy any confusion. We have also added photos to our route notes to help clarify the route.
  • September 2018
    CINDY BUSH
    "

    Thanks to you we had a lovely holiday in the Cotswolds. All of the accommodations were very clean and suitable. Your recommendations of Places to Eat and Drink were very helpful. Favorite pub was the Crown and Trumpet in Broadway. Our room in The White Hart Inn in Winchcombe was really a challenge with its extremely low ceilings and the very steep stairway. Our favorite B&B accommodation was at Windrush House in Broadway which was definitely the most spacious.  Our hosts at Windrush and Clematis House in Cheltenham were the friendliest. Unexpected delights on the walk were finding Father Brown's Church in Blockley when we stopped at the cafe for lunch, and visiting the falconry centre outside of Moreton-in-Marsh. We also enjoyed Sudley Castle in Winchcombe very much.  Your route notes were excellent.  Their detail used in conjunction with the OS map app allowed us to confirm our location at various points along the way.  All in all we would rate the variety of services provided by Cotswold Walks - organizing the accommodations, the detail of the walk notes, providing for the moving of luggage, the info on services and attractions along the way - to be well worth the price.  Thank you! 

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  • September 2018
    STEVE KROES
    "

    I have been home from my UK trip for three days now, and I want to express my gratitude for your work to make my Cotswold holiday the experience of a lifetime! It was brilliant! Thank you for being available to put together a quality experience on short notice. The inns you booked for me were simply fantastic. I loved every one of them, and the White Hart Royal in Moreton-in-Marsh was a great way to end the long walking tour in luxury. I wasn't expecting it to be so posh! I really enjoyed Harry and Douglas at Hill House in Bath, too. What lovely hosts.

    I was born in the Suffolk area of England, so I am a dual British/American citizen, but I have only been back as an adult this time and once two years ago. Walking through such beautiful places last week was accompanied by frequent thoughts of "We could live here when we retire!"

    We had some unusual weather last week, with those high winds, but at least it didn't rain much (until I got to Bath), and it didn't diminish the wonder of being in such a verdant, gorgeous place.

    Thank you and the people you work with for being so easy to work with and for being informed, professional guides who really knew where to send me for a high-quality experience.

    As for a favorite part of the trip, the first walk from Winchcombe to Broadway was simply outstanding. The best scenery and villages, by far.

    Many thanks to you and the other staff at Cotswold Walks!

    "
  • August 2018
    MEGAN SHEA
    "

    The entire trip was wonderful and we are so grateful for your services. I hope to be back traveling with you again soon. 

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  • July 2018
    MARIA OLDE
    "

    We enjoyed walking the beautiful Cotswolds immensely. Our expectations were certainly met. All the B&Bs were spot on. Sometimes we found the route directions a little confusing but were able to work it out  ok. Certainly would consider using this service again, having your luggage delivered to next B&B takes a lot of stress out of the holiday. 

    Thankyou 

    "
  • July 2018
    SARAH MCLEOD
    "

    As far as logistics goes, the walking guides were wonderful and we never got lost.  All of the accommodations were great and the luggage transfer worked perfectly.  I do have some feedback items for you:

    The Wesley House meal was amazing.  Totally worth the expensive dinner and the breakfast was great too. Some of the best food we had on our whole trip!

    I would personally recommend people do this hike anytime besides the summer when it isn’t scorching hot and all brown.  I would have loved to see the Cotswolds in its natural green, lush state but maybe next time!

    The Manor House level of service was a god send after our long hikes.  We enjoyed the personal service and room service after a very long two weeks!  : ) 

    "
    Thank you so much for your feedback, usually, the summer landscape is quite green and not overly hot, but in 2018 we had an unusually long spell of hot weather from spring to July.
  • July 2018
    KREYENBROEK
    "

    We had a wonderful walking experience. The accommodation was good and convenient to both creature comforts and the start of each walk in all our stays. We especially enjoyed “The Old Bakehouse”; a charming character home and Zoe is an excellent hostess. We very much appreciated that she gave us an early breakfast so that we could get out on the path by 7 am. The heat by midday was quite a problem in the week that we walked. The scenery was marvellous and we were so fortunate with the good weather as the paths were firm and not muddy.

     

    The luggage was always waiting for us when we arrived at each destination and we had no logistical worries. Thank you!

    Best food – Montpellier in Cheltenham.

    Best icecream – by far – at a stall outside the Tearoom in Broadway.

    Many lovely art galleries in Broadway.

    Kifsgate Gardens and Hidcote were worth the extra long walk.

    Batsford Arboretum also worth a detour.

     

    We only got lost by a field or so once or twice but were able to correct before going too far off. Cleeve Common was a bit of a challenge on Day 1 to find the pond and then to get off the Common  to Belas Knap but we did some unorthodox cross-country and found it. Proud of ourselves. The whole walk was an achievement for us as ‘non-walkers’ and due to this success we will definitely tackle another walk when next we travel.

     

    Tip for newbies – always read to the end of the sentence – and never assume – always check back against the description, map and the photos.

    "
    Thank you so much for your feedback, we have now added some photos to the route notes to help with clarifying the directions.
  • June 2018
    ETHAN JOHNSON
    "

    Thanks for organizing a great trip.  The accommodations were all great, the food was excellent and the weather couldn’t have been better. 

    "
  • May 2018
    VIRGINIA COOK
    "

    I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how very much we enjoyed our walking tour of the Cotswolds. It was a great itinerary, and my daughter and I had a truly memorable vacation together.

    All of the accommodations were very nice, but I’d like to specially recognize the following:

    Windrush House - We were met with a cup of tea and an amazing homemade Millionaires Shortbread. Kate, and her partner were very helpful with dinner plans, and even allowed us to hang our washing in their back yard. I will want to return here someday for sure.

    Ambleside Guest House - Again, our hosts were really helpful with finding places to eat, and where things to do were. Peter is a wonderful breakfast chef, and we really enjoyed talking to him.

    The Lygon Arms - The young ladies here were the epitome of hospitality. I had reserved a place for tea at the Lygon Arms in Broadway without realizing they were different places. When they discovered this, and we realized we couldn’t get there in time, they whipped up a special tea for us.

    Thanks again for the lovely trip. I will surely recommend you to our friends, and hopefully have the chance to explore this area of your country further.

    "
  • May 2018
    STEVE JAFFE
    "

    Without a doubt, the Cotswold walk was the highlight of my time in Europe.  Each day was different and extremely enjoyable.  A couple of highlights --

    The long barrow above Cheltenham in the mist and rain.  I was completely alone and left to contemplate life centuries ago. 

    The beauty and solitude of Stanton on a grey morning.  Unforgettable.   

    I found each night's lodging to be unique and very comfortable.  We had an especially delicious meal at the Lion Inn in Winchcombe.  The staff couldn't have been more accommodating.   

    The GPS map provided was most useful.  I found the text descriptions to be a bit confusing at times, but the GPS kept us on track. 

    I look forward to embarking on another walk in the near future. 

    Thank you and your team for organizing my trip!

    "
  • May 2018
    TONY ELLIS
    "

    I’d like to thank you for organizing such a wonderful holiday for my sister and me.

    The route you designed was exactly right, the accommodations were good.  The Bantam Tea Room in Chipping Camden was especially lovely.  We loved all the villages we visited and were excited to hike through farmers fields with sheep and lambs.  Oh my gosh, it does not get more scenic than that!  Your directions were, by in large, clear and detailed  - a couple of times when we got “stuck” we figured it out - or met someone on the track who set us straight.

    Thank you again, and we will certainly recommend Cotswold Walks to any and all who are contemplating an adventure in your lovely part of the world.

    "
  • May 2018
    CHRISTINA LEE
    "

    Just a quick thank-you for the very successful self-guided walk. All went well, accommodation was excellent, I had great weather and it was beautiful!

    Thank you

    "
  • October 2017
    Jon Gold & Christy Joyce - Ossining, USA
    "

    We had a wonderful time on our walking tour of the Cotswolds.  The walking guide was excellent and fun to work with, the accommodations were just what we were hoping for and the luggage transportation worked perfectly.  All of the accommodations were very good. We definitely prefer B&Bs and small inns to large hotels.  The food along the way was also very enjoyable, both imaginative and traditional.  We were lucky in the weather, too.  A good amount of sun and no rain. Using the Ordnance Survey app was very helpful in confirming that we were on the right path.  On two occasions we made a wrong turn, but were quickly able to get back on track. We’d definitely like to take more walking tours. Next time we might include layover days to have more time to explore some of the villages and towns.

    "
  • October 2017
    Jacqueline Wierstra & Dirk Jan Munnik - The Netherlands
    "

    Thank you for a great autumn holiday in the Cotswolds. We enjoyed the walks very much. The directions were very clear, the accommodation you booked for us was wonderful and the transport of our luggage was flawless.

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  • October 2017
    Jeanine & Ed Berry
    "

    We had a fabulous time on our walk! Great weather, lovely hotels, and spectacular scenery. Thanks so much!

    "
  • September 2017
    Lily Flood
    "

    Thank you for a lovely vacation, we enjoyed our trip through the lovely countryside. The accommodations were all very delightful. We will recommend your service to others.

    "
  • September 2017
    Hiroyuki and Yoshiko Watanabe - Japan
    "

    Thank you very much for your planning. We actually realized that Cotswold is one of the most beautiful place to live and the people are polite and kind. We hope we have a chance to go again. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!

    "
  • August 2017
    Pat & Jack Cohen
    "

    Jack and I were very pleased with our trek through the Cotswolds; it was a highlight of our trip. It was more of a hike than either of us had expected but we thoroughly enjoyed the challenging experience of ‘orienteering’ the written and map directions through the pleasant Cotswold countryside. For Jack and me, it was a delightful experience. We enjoyed each of the three lodgings we stayed in; each was unique and comfortable. We are hoping to do a ‘Cotswold Walk' again; the only change we might make is to take more time and stay at each location more than one night so we can explore the area a bit more. We hope to contact you again for a future adventure.

    "
  • August 2017
    Jennifer Stone & Bob Waldinger - Massachusetts, USA
    "

    We had a wonderful experience with Cotswold Walks! I only wish we had had more time. High points include climbing from the village of Broadway up steep fields on a crystal clear morning, each field yielding more expansive views, until we reached the tower at the top. We passed friendly sheep and red deer. The view from the top was spectacular. Our walk to Broadway was beautiful - a perfectly-guided route led us through fields and woods, past fascinating old churches and grand homes, and through picturesque villages. This was a perfect day of history, beauty, well-paced walking, and a grateful homecoming to our hosts. Our taxi driver was prompt, reliable, and a terrific source of local stories. He oriented us to our walk and took us to the train at the end of the walk. He's a treasure. We'd love to come back and do different parts of the route. Thank you for accommodating our limited available time!

    "
  • August 2017
    Nick Holman - USA
    "

    Everything went very well on our visit to the Cotswolds. We managed to work in a few short hikes and saw many lovely sites in the area. Our accommodations were very nice and all of our hosts were terrific.

    "
  • June 2017
    Jim Spinner - USA
    "

    We really enjoyed our walk and very much we appreciated your company's organization of the walk!! The guidebooks and information provided were excellent, as was the itinerary. We also very much enjoyed the hotels and B&B's that you had arranged for us.

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  • June 2017
    Michael Bresler - Chicago, USA
    "

    You did a great job of arranging the hike. Thank you. The directions in the book were extremely accurate and the hikes were challenging, but enjoyable. The hotels were mostly very good.

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  • May 2017
    Dave Calderhead - Seattle, USA
    "

    I just want to say how much the four of us enjoyed our walk and to thank you again for all your help in arranging the trip. It was really the best way to experience the Cotswolds for the first time. All the accommodations were lovely.

    "
  • May 2017
    Juliet Smith - Wellington, New Zealand
    "

    My daughter, Katherine, and I did your Cotswold Walk in May. We had a wonderful time, didn't get lost (thanks to the very clear directions), had very enjoyable stays at the places arranged for us each night and had very good weather for the whole week.  I had always wanted to do such a walk and am so glad we managed one at last.

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  • April 2017
    Wendi & Jeff Klein
    "

    THANK YOU! Jeff and I had a fabulous time.  The weather complied, our accommodation exceeded our expectations and your suggestions were all spot on. We have wonderful memories of a beautiful few days wandering through gorgeous fields amidst sheep and their new-born offspring and surrounded by breath-taking landscape.

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  • April 2017
    Geoff & Carol Dunham - New Jersey, USA
    "

    We thoroughly enjoyed our ramble on the Cotswold Line.  The combination of beautiful scenery, extraordinarily picturesque villages, excellent inns, delicious meals and ale and delightful people all made the trip most memorable.  We needed the break in the country.  All the accommodations were first rate.  And your excellent directions meant we didn't get lost once!  Thanks again for organizing such a wonderful get-away.

    "
  • August 2016
    Anja L., Winterthur, Switzerland
    "We were very very happy with your service. All the accommodations were wonderful. They were always clean, comfortable beds, very friendly staff or host and good located. Also the luggage transport worked always. We experienced a wonderful walking holiday. Best regards and thank you very much again for this great organisation!"
  • June 2016
    Rachel & Larry N, New York, USA
    "I wanted to report back and let you know what a wonderful time we had in the Cotswolds with your guidance. We found the route notes to be thorough and clear, and your suggestions in the accompanying guide were very helpful.  We were caught in only one downpour, which fortunately coincided with a trip to the shelter of the Arboretum cafe.  All accommodations were wonderful; I will be recommending Cotswold Walks to everyone I know who may be considering a visit. Thanks again for helping Larry and me have a lovely and quite memorable experience in the Cotswolds