Cotswold Essence

The Cotswolds, England

Holiday overview




Self Guided




Apr - Oct


£ 520 pp


4 nights

Three days walking in the heart of the Cotswolds starting any day you like from Winchcombe, Chipping Campden or Stow-on-the-Wold (subject to accommodation availability).

This short stay condenses the very best of the Cotswolds into three days walking. Stay in three of the loveliest towns and villages in the Cotswolds. Distances can be reduced if required by using taxis or buses.


Price: £475 for 4 nights.  Upgrades possible – please ask.


Included: 4 nights accommodation in B&Bs or country inns, maps and route notes, luggage transfers and back up if required.


Not Included: Lunches, dinners, drinks, insurance, anything not mentioned in programme.


Departure Dates: Any day April-October subject to accommodation availability

Day 1: Arrive in Winchcombe, once a Saxon capital, this lively village has a fine church and a splendid Castle – where Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Katherine Parr, is buried.  Stay in a lovely inn in the centre of the village.

Day 2: Winchcombe to Chipping Campden. The route takes you past the ruins of Hailes Abbey and on to the timeless beauty of Stanway and Stanton. Cross the lower slopes of Cotswolds to the old coaching village of Broadway before the last climb to the Gothic folly of Broadway Tower and a gentle descent into Chipping Campden, perhaps the finest of Cotswold wool towns. (25 kms/16 mi).  Overnight in inn in centre of village.

Day 3: Chipping Campden to Stow-on-the-Wold. Walk through Broad Campden to Blockley and thence via Batsford with its arboretum and falconry to Moreton-in-Marsh, straddling the Roman Fosse Way. Make a short diversion to see the Moghul architecture of Sezincote and then on through Longborough and Broadwell to Stow-on-the-Wold, with its fine square and antique shops. (24 kms/15 mi).  Overnight in inn or B&B

Day 4: Stow-on-the-Wold to Winchcombe. Down to Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter and across the wolds to the perfect villages of Naunton and Guiting Power. Through woods and fields before the descent close to Sudeley Castle to return to Winchcombe. (22.5 kms/14 miles).

Day 5: Departure after breakfast.


As this walk is circular, it can start in Stow on the Wold or in Chipping Campden also.


Six nights accommodation with breakfast in good quality B & Bs, or inns with ensuite bathrooms; luggage transfer (or transfer to trailhead if staying in the same place for two nights); route notes and maps


Transportation to/from holiday. Lunches and dinners, drinks, entry fees, insurance, transfers not mentioned in the programme, anything not specifically mentioned in the programme.


Train or Bus to Cheltenham and local bus to Winchcombe or taxi.  This walk can start in Chipping Campden or Stow on the Wold also – take train to Moreton in Marsh and bus or taxi to Stow or Chipping Camdpen