England:

Cotswolds Walk


Six nights; six days of hiking on small paths, quiet lanes, and the Cotswold Way. Experience gorgeous villages, wool churches, and escarpment views in England's largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.






Itinerary


Start: Moreton-in-Marsh train station, 15:00, day one, for short transfer to Chipping Campden. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location. Trains to Moreton-in-Marsh run regularly from London (1.5hr). For rates and schedules visit www.thetrainline.com.


Finish: Farewell in Bath, 16:00, day seven. Trains to London, Heathrow, and elsewhere in the UK can be found at www.thetrainline.com If you plan to stay on in Bath, ask us for help booking lodging there on your behalf.


Day 1

Introductions

Meet in Moreton-in-Marsh for a short transfer to Chipping Campden. Spend the evening getting acquainted with Cotswold architecture and honey-coloured stone in this quintessential market town. You will have time to visit one of the best examples of a “wool church” before a delicious supper. D (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Noel Arms Hotel, Chipping Campden

Day 2

10 mi

Starting at the uppermost point on the Cotswold Way, you are immediately greeted with famed escarpment views contrasted against lush green meadows. Make your way through Broadway and stop at Broadway Tower (the highest point in the Cotswolds) before walking to the historically preserved village of Stanton, frequently featured in movies and shows for its architectural beauty. BLD
Shenberrow Hill B&B, or

The Old Post House; Stanton

Day 3

8 mi

Spend today wandering through peaceful countryside and gazing at dreamy hillscapes. Your route will take you past a Jacobean manor, Norman churches, Hailes Abbey, and the stately Sudeley Castle. In your destination of Winchcombe, the archetypical buildings of Cotswold stone add to the wonder of this small, Anglo-Saxon town. BD
The Lion Inn, Winchcombe

Day 4

6.5 mi

Following attractive streets out of Winchcombe, resume the footpath to climb to the highest land on the Cotswolds at panoramic Cleeve Hill, also known as Cleeve Cloud. There can be excellent views over the Severn toward Wales, and over some of the sites with which you will have become familiar. Roman villas and Neolithic burial chambers are nearby, and a village that seems to grow out of the landscape, where you will stay for the night. BLD
Cleeve Hill House Hotel, or

The Rising Sun; Cleeve Hill

Day 5

7.5 mi

A short transfer to Wolton-under-Edge puts you back on the Cotswold Way through gentle valleys and views of the geologic phenomenon known as the Cotswold cuesta. As you walk along streams, we challenge you to imagine the days when the energy from these waterways was harnessed by cloth mills to bring the textile fame and abundance this part of the world once enjoyed. BD
The Fox Inn, Hawkesbury Upton

Day 6

10 mi to Tolldown or 14 mi to Wick

Today’s walk is truly enhanced by the remote and peaceful landscape. Paths through farmland with drystone walls take you to one of England’s oldest homes, a Roman frontier post, calming woodland, and an imposing mansion near Dyrham - a prime example of Elizabethan architecture perched on the Southern end of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. BLD
The Crown Inn, Tolldown; or

Toghill House Farm, Wick

Day 7

14.2 mi from Tolldown or 10 mi from Wick

The last leg of the Cotswold Walk is a proper finale, with varied landscapes that revisit valleys, panoramic escarpment views, rolling hills and woodland. After passing an Iron Age fort and a historic battlefield, make your way to the final vista just before the last descent to the architectural climax of Bath - a Roman planned town on the River Avon, whose baths and temple are famous landmarks. Your guides will bid you farewell this afternoon. If you plan to stay on in Bath, ask us for help making lodging arrangements on your behalf. B





Description



Note about the route:

The route follows woodland walks on packed earth, and quiet lanes. It is well maintained and signposted.



This southbound walking tour follows the famed escarpment of the Cotswold Way. It boasts broad panoramas, soft green valleys, and peaceful villages in England's largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Easily accessed from London by train, it will take you on a series of gentle hikes through an historically and architecturally rich part of the old world. You will visit wool churches adorned with gargoyles, a Jacobean manor, Roman villas, and classic Cotswold villages, some of which have been featured in the Harry Potter films.


While walking from inn to inn, you will dine in excellent restaurants and pubs, and enjoy countless views as you make your way from the start in Chipping Campden through myriad villages to the Roman- found city of Bath. This fascinating route will amply satisfy your desires for both adventure and comfort.





Maps & Elevations




Click here for the elevation profile
Day # Daily distance
1
Introductions
2
~10 mi
3
~8 mi
4
~6.5 mi
5
  ~7.5 mi
6
~10 mi or 14 mi
7
  ~14.2 mi or 10 mi




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Adam's deep knowledge of Atlantic Canada and flair for creating unusual gastronomic experiences make him an exceptional guide and tripmate on many Freewheeling itineraries.


Learn more

Explore London for a day or two. If you have longer, there is indeed a lot to see and do here.

Spend some extra time in Bath.

Consider linking this trip with our Donegal Hike, or our Antrim Glens & Coast Walk, all in Ireland.

Flights in the United Kingdom are short, and can be found at great rates.





Costs

US 2895 C 3495

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 3 wonderful picnic lunches, 7 dinners, luggage handling, guide and vehicle support, maps and route instructions, taxes)

US 2495 C 2995

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage handling and daily consultation with your driver for lifts, etc, maps and route notes, taxes)

Single Occupancy

US 620 C 735

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.