Cotswolds – The Best of

The Cotswolds, England

Holiday overview

Destination

England


Type

Self Guided


Difficulty

Easy


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 605 pp


Duration

8 nights


The Best of the Cotswolds includes all the finest villages of the northern Cotswolds in manageable stages for people who prefer shorter walking days. You can do the full 8 night itinerary or just a part of it, with the price adjusted accordingly.

An eight night (or fewer if preferred) circular walking Holiday of the Cotswolds with shorter walking daysLeave any day you like subject to accommodation availability. The Best of the Cotswolds includes all the finest villages of the northern Cotswolds in manageable stages for people who prefer shorter walking days. You can do the full 8 night itinerary or just a part of it, with the price adjusted accordingly.

 

Price:

From £605 in B and B with private bathrooms.

From £655 per person in B and Bs and village inns.

From £875 per person in village hotels and best quality village inns in village without hotels

 

Included:

8 nights B&B accommodation, luggage transfers each walking day, route notes & maps, local back-up

Day 1:

Arrive Moreton-in-Marsh for overnight

 

Day 2:

Moreton in Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold (7 miles/11 kms) Cross the high wolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, complete with village stocks and picturesque square, via the fantastic Mogul manor house at Sezincote and a number of pretty hamlets. Overnight Stow-on-the-Wold.

 

Day 3:

Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water (5 miles – 8 kms) Today’s route from Stow-on-the-Wold is a leisurely downhill walk across meadows to picturesque Lower Slaughter with its working mill and on to Bourton-on-the-Water, with its many attractions. Overnight Bourton-on-the-Water.

 

Day 4:

Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power (7 miles/11 kms) The route follows the River Windrush to the village of Naunton with its ancient dovecote and on to lovely Guiting Power, where the church has a fine Norman arch. Overnight Guiting Power.

 

Day 5:

Guiting Power to Winchcombe (6 miles/9.5 kms) Walk through woods and fields before the dramatic descent to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, close to Sudeley Castle, last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife. Overnight in Winchcombe, with its fascinating church and local museums.

 

Day 6:

Winchcombe to Stanton (7 miles/11 kms) or Broadway (10.5 miles/17 kms) 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 small village of Stanton or the coaching village of Broadway, where an array of fine houses and inns flank the ‘broad way’.

 

Day 7:

Stanton or Broadway to Chipping Campden (8 miles/13 kms or 4.5 miles/7 kms) 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. Overnight in Chipping Campden.

 

Day 8:

Chipping Campden to Moreton in Marsh (7 miles/11 kms) 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. Overnight Moreton in Marsh.

 

Day 9:  

Departure after breakfast.

INCLUDED

8 nights B and B, luggage transportation each walking day, route notes and maps, local back-up

 

WHAT TO TAKE

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

 

WHEN TO GO

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).

 

INSURANCE

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.