A five day walking holiday beginning and ending in Bath. It is best to commence this walking tour of the Bath and the Cotswolds on a Sunday or Thursday to ensure a favourable choice of accommodation.
Bath, with its showcase of classical Georgian architecture, is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is one of only four European cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the others being Florence, Venice, and Strasbourg. Bath’s Georgian terraces, crowned by the magnificent Royal Circus and Royal Crescent, climb dramatically up the hillsides, while the historic centre, where the Roman baths and ancient abbey still stand, is a splendid location by the River Avon.
From £520.00 per person (based on 2 people sharing).
Single supplement £150.00.
£70.00 supplement for one person walking alone.
5 nights B& B – all rooms with private bathrooms, luggage transportation, guidebook and maps, transfers where mentioned in programme, back-up service. Upgraded accommodation available – please ask.
Lunches, dinners, drinks, insurance, anything not mentioned in programme.
Departure Dates: Any day April-October subject to accommodation availability. For other dates, please ask.
Day 1: Arrival in Bath
Overnight in your B&B located in central Bath.
Day 2: Bath to Bradford-on-Avon
Start from central Bath and walk to Sham Castle with fine views of Bath. Walk over the Dundas aqueduct to elegant Freshford and along a quiet valley to Farleigh Hungerford with its fine 14th century castle. Then through Barton Farm, with its magnificent tithe barn, to Bradford-on-Avon, one of the loveliest small towns in Britain with its picturesque 17th century bridge, a complete Saxon church and tiers of Georgian townhouses and 16th century weavers cottages. (20 kms/12.5 mi)
Day 3: Bradford-on-Avon to Lacock
From Bradford-on-Avon walk across rolling countryside to picture-book village of Monkton Farleigh. Then to Kingswood with the views of the Wiltshire Downs and Bath, and on o the handsome small town of Box. Then to Corsham, noted for Corsham Court, an Elizabethan mansion dating from 1582 which now houses a fine art collection. From here it is a short walk to Lacock, an exquisite village much used for films and movies, for overnight. (21 kms/13 mi)
Day 4: Lacock to Castle Coombe
Lacock to Castle Combe. Pass through Corsham to join the picturesque By Brook Valley. Continue to Slaughterford and thence to Castle Combe, undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in England, with its clear stream, ancient bridge, and market place. Overnight in Castle Combe or 2nd night in Lacock with transfers. (19 kms/10 mi)
Day 5: Castle Combe to Bath
Head south back towards Bath, walking along the beautiful St. Catherine Valley to Bath East on from where you have the choice of taking a bus into the centre of Bath or walking along the Avon to complete your journey. Overnight in Bath.
Day 6: Departure
Departure following breakfast.
This holiday can be undertaken in fewer nights if you choose to walk from Bradford-on- Avon to Castle Combe (staying in Castle Combe overnight) and then return directly to Bath.
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Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit.
Mid-April to mid-September. Accommodation will be difficult to obtain on UK national holidays unless booked well in advance (and may require an alteration to the programme).
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason.