Cotswold Essence

The Cotswolds, England

Holiday overview




Self Guided




Jan - Dec


£ 325 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 long weekend 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: £325.00 for 4 nights. Single room supplement £25.00 per night. 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: Overnight 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.

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)

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)

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.


Six nights accommodation with breakfast in good quality B & Bs, hotels, 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.


Dorchester has two separate rail stations – Dorchester South is on the main line between Weymouth and London Waterloo. Dorchester West serves the west country. The two stations are about a 5 minute walk from each other and the town centre.

To plan your journey by train, click the following link: Train to Dorchester

To plan your journey by car, click the following link: Plan your Journey by Car