OVERVIEW

Explore a timeless region of England on foot and discover over 30 honey-coloured villages and historic wool towns nestled in the northern Cotswolds, finishing at William Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford upon Avon.

From the market town of Moreton in Marsh walk to the golden wool town of Stow on the Wold and through the enchanting thatched streets of Lower Slaughter. Follow idyllic countryside trails to the riverside pubs of Bourton on the Water and head deep into the rolling Cotswolds through the picture postcard villages of Naunton, Guiting Power and Stanton. Explore the splendour of Broadway and Chipping Campden’s medieval and Georgian architecture. Transfer to Stratford upon Avon and spend the day strolling amongst Tudor buildings, exploring the life and times of the world-renowned writer, Shakespeare.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the northern Cotswolds and discover over 30 historic towns and thatched villages
  • Visit William Shakespeare’s town of Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Relax with a riverside beer in the sleepy village of Bourton on the Water
  • Explore the majesty of Broadway’s Tudor and Georgian architecture
  • Walk through idyllic English countryside to the timeless villages of Stanton and Stanway
  • Hike to the charming and beautifully preserved wool town of Stow on the Wold
  • Spend your evenings dining in traditional pubs and old coaching inns

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1250

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 550

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1

Only an hour and 35 minutes by train from London arrive into Moreton at your leisure. This ancient gateway town to the Cotswolds is peppered with local artisan shops, galleries and of course, several traditional English pubs! There is a local market on a Tuesday which is centred around the Victorian Redesdale Market Hall (built in 1887). Not far from the hall you can visit the 17th century ‘Curfew Tower’, which last rang its bell in 1860.

Accommodation: Redesdale Arms
Located in the heart of Moreton, the Redesdale Arms is a traditional Cotswold Inn, dating back to 1650. Within walking distance of the mainline train station, comfortable en-suite rooms provide the perfect start to your walking tour.
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2

Leaving Moreton, an easy-going trail heads across crop fields and meadows to the charming wool town of Stow-on-the-Wold. During the middle-ages the fleece of Stow’s sheep was regarded as the finest in England. It’s easy to imagine, thousands of sheep descending from the hillside to the market through the narrow back streets. The trail continues through rolling farmland and onto the village of Lower Slaughter which boasts the most romantic road in Britain, Copse Hill Road. Ending the day at the Bourton-on-the-Water head to one of the inviting riverside pubs to round the day off!

Walk: 17.5km
Ascent: 175m
Descent: 175m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Lansdowne
A classic Cotswold limestone Victorian villa converted into a contemporary family run guest house. Within a few minutes’ walk of Bourton centre, each en-suite room has been individually designed. The breakfast room is complete with a slate tile floor and original cast-iron Victorian fireplace. The nearby Mousetrap Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Bourton and is well worth a visit for dinner and drinks later in the evening.

DAY 3

The first half of today’s walk largely follows the River Windrush to the hillside village of Naunton. Beyond Naunton the trail heads uphill through tree lined trails and rolling farmland to the chocolate box village of Guiting Power (the village green is a great spot for a picnic lunch). Further on, ascend into the densely forested Guiting Woods where you’re likely to encounter wild pheasants darting across the trail. Descend into Winchcombe and soak up panoramic views of the 12th century Sudeley Castle, once home (and now resting place) of Catherine Parr, last and surviving wife of Henry VIII.

Walk: 20km
Ascent: 675m
Descent: 710m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: The White Hart
In central Winchcombe The White Hart is accustomed to welcoming walkers. En-suite rooms are comfortable and spacious. Stretch the legs out in the cosy bar which also serves evening meals. Close by are a number of other bars and restaurants, so you’re never too far from plenty of dining options.

DAY 4

Today your route joins the national ‘Cotswold Way’ trail to Broadway. Walk north to the village of Hailes, where you can visit the ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey. Ascending to a limestone plateau, the trail continues to the perfectly preserved golden-hued stone houses and thatched cottages of Stanway and Stanton. Onwards, hike into forest plantations and wild meadows to the town of Broadway, over the centuries its elegant high street has attracted artists and composers from across the globe.

Walk: 19.5km
Ascent: 510m
Descent: 510m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Cowley Inn

DAY 5

This morning begins with a steady climb to Broadway’s folly tower (the second highest point of the Cotswold escarpment). Walk across grazing pastures and through crop fields to Dovers Hill, the site of an ancient Roman vineyard and in more recent centuries, the Cotswold Olimpicks. Founded in 1662, the games are held every May and include events such as shin-kicking, tug-o-war and morris dancing. Descending into Chipping Campden, many of the 14th-18th century buildings showcase the very best in limestone craftsmanship, including the 18th century market hall. Later in the afternoon, a private transfer will take you to Stratford-upon-Avon where you will spend the next 2 nights.

Walk: 10km
Ascent: 220m
Descent: 170m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Townhouse
Less than a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Swan Theatre, The Townhouse is located in the old town of Stratford. Opposite Shakespeare’s school, this 400-year-old listed building, offers a great bar and contemporary rooms, with all the attractions and the River Avon within easy walking distance.

DAY 6

Today there is the option to take an easy-going stroll along the River Avon to the Tudor timber buildings and cottages of Welford-on-Avon, known for its friendly pubs and streets of thatched cottages. Alternatively explore Stratford-upon-Avon and visit several of Shakespeare’s 16th century town houses which include his family home. Stroll along the River Avon lined with weeping willow trees to the pristine gardens and canal basin in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The perfect location to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of this world famous town.

Optional Walk: 8km
Ascent: 50m
Descent: 50m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Townhouse

DAY 7

Depending on your onward travel plans you may have time to further explore the town before departing.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 6 nights accommodation in B&B’s, pubs and 3* hotels
  • All luggage transfers
  • Pack free inn to inn walking
  • Private transfer on day 4 from Chipping Campden to Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 welcome dinner
  • Maps, guidebook and route notes
  • 24/7 telephone support from the local Auswalk UK office
  • Flexible itinerary to suit your walking needs
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with your comprehensive maps, route notes and guidebook
  • A day in Stratford-upon-Avon to the visit the world-famous Shakespearean sights

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour you will spend each night in local inn’s, pubs, family run guest houses or small hotels. Many of these accommodations are steeped in history and date back several centuries, adding to the depth of your Cotswold experience. Accustomed to welcoming walkers, each of your hosts are knowledgeable about the region and are happy to help with any questions or assistance you might need. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk. As many of the overnight stays are in small villages or towns, on occasion we may have to book another similar accommodation of equal standard. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process.

You will be provided with 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner (drinks are not included). If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

GENERAL INFO

The walking

Typically, days are generally easy going underfoot and you should be used to covering up to 20km per day with up to 600m of ascent and descent. Trails are usually well defined and cover a variety of terrain. You will be walking on forest tracks, woodland trails, bridleways, across rolling farmland and through wild meadows. You will also walk through many villages, towns and along short sections of very quiet country lanes that often do not have footpaths so do be mindful of other road users. A moderate active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed.

Although the route is well way marked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with routes notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device.

This walk is available from late April through to early October

Up to the end of May you may encounter a few showers (it is England after all) and the fields are vibrant with crops of yellow rapeseed in bloom. Meadows and village gardens are blooming with life. From June through to August (summer months), the daylight is longer making it the perfect time for enjoying hillside picnics and sampling local beer in the pub gardens into the evening. During September, the fields are busy with harvest preparations and often summer days can stretch into September. Whatever time of year you choose, you should always be prepared for a change of season during the day!

How to get there and away

This walk starts in Moreton in Marsh and finishes and Stratford-upon-Avon. The closest airports to both towns are London Heathrow and Birmingham.

Arriving at Moreton in Marsh

From London Heathrow, take the train into London Paddington and change for services to Moreton in Marsh (1hr 45mins) (if you’re flying into London Stansted or Gatwick, transferring to Paddington would also be the quickest journey).

Birmingham Airport train station requires a change of train at Oxford (total journey time is around 2hr 10min journey).

Onward Travel from Stratford upon Avon

Stratford train station has regular services throughout the day to London Marylebone (around 2hr 20mins) Some services require a change at Leamington Spa.

To Birmingham Airport you will need to change stations. Hourly services arrive into Birmingham Moor Street, then walk (10mins) to Birmingham New Street for train services to the airport.

If you are heading north (or to the south west of England), you would usually have to travel via Birmingham.

For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases. For bus travel within, and across the Cotswolds, including Stratford-Upon-Avon Pullmans and Marchants local bus services, please check Stagecoach Travel.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2020 - 31 Oct 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1250

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $550
Overview

OVERVIEW

Explore a timeless region of England on foot and discover over 30 honey-coloured villages and historic wool towns nestled in the northern Cotswolds, finishing at William Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford upon Avon.

From the market town of Moreton in Marsh walk to the golden wool town of Stow on the Wold and through the enchanting thatched streets of Lower Slaughter. Follow idyllic countryside trails to the riverside pubs of Bourton on the Water and head deep into the rolling Cotswolds through the picture postcard villages of Naunton, Guiting Power and Stanton. Explore the splendour of Broadway and Chipping Campden’s medieval and Georgian architecture. Transfer to Stratford upon Avon and spend the day strolling amongst Tudor buildings, exploring the life and times of the world-renowned writer, Shakespeare.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the northern Cotswolds and discover over 30 historic towns and thatched villages
  • Visit William Shakespeare’s town of Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Relax with a riverside beer in the sleepy village of Bourton on the Water
  • Explore the majesty of Broadway’s Tudor and Georgian architecture
  • Walk through idyllic English countryside to the timeless villages of Stanton and Stanway
  • Hike to the charming and beautifully preserved wool town of Stow on the Wold
  • Spend your evenings dining in traditional pubs and old coaching inns

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 1250

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 550

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1

Only an hour and 35 minutes by train from London arrive into Moreton at your leisure. This ancient gateway town to the Cotswolds is peppered with local artisan shops, galleries and of course, several traditional English pubs! There is a local market on a Tuesday which is centred around the Victorian Redesdale Market Hall (built in 1887). Not far from the hall you can visit the 17th century ‘Curfew Tower’, which last rang its bell in 1860.

Accommodation: Redesdale Arms
Located in the heart of Moreton, the Redesdale Arms is a traditional Cotswold Inn, dating back to 1650. Within walking distance of the mainline train station, comfortable en-suite rooms provide the perfect start to your walking tour.
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2

Leaving Moreton, an easy-going trail heads across crop fields and meadows to the charming wool town of Stow-on-the-Wold. During the middle-ages the fleece of Stow’s sheep was regarded as the finest in England. It’s easy to imagine, thousands of sheep descending from the hillside to the market through the narrow back streets. The trail continues through rolling farmland and onto the village of Lower Slaughter which boasts the most romantic road in Britain, Copse Hill Road. Ending the day at the Bourton-on-the-Water head to one of the inviting riverside pubs to round the day off!

Walk: 17.5km
Ascent: 175m
Descent: 175m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Lansdowne
A classic Cotswold limestone Victorian villa converted into a contemporary family run guest house. Within a few minutes’ walk of Bourton centre, each en-suite room has been individually designed. The breakfast room is complete with a slate tile floor and original cast-iron Victorian fireplace. The nearby Mousetrap Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Bourton and is well worth a visit for dinner and drinks later in the evening.

DAY 3

The first half of today’s walk largely follows the River Windrush to the hillside village of Naunton. Beyond Naunton the trail heads uphill through tree lined trails and rolling farmland to the chocolate box village of Guiting Power (the village green is a great spot for a picnic lunch). Further on, ascend into the densely forested Guiting Woods where you’re likely to encounter wild pheasants darting across the trail. Descend into Winchcombe and soak up panoramic views of the 12th century Sudeley Castle, once home (and now resting place) of Catherine Parr, last and surviving wife of Henry VIII.

Walk: 20km
Ascent: 675m
Descent: 710m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: The White Hart
In central Winchcombe The White Hart is accustomed to welcoming walkers. En-suite rooms are comfortable and spacious. Stretch the legs out in the cosy bar which also serves evening meals. Close by are a number of other bars and restaurants, so you’re never too far from plenty of dining options.

DAY 4

Today your route joins the national ‘Cotswold Way’ trail to Broadway. Walk north to the village of Hailes, where you can visit the ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey. Ascending to a limestone plateau, the trail continues to the perfectly preserved golden-hued stone houses and thatched cottages of Stanway and Stanton. Onwards, hike into forest plantations and wild meadows to the town of Broadway, over the centuries its elegant high street has attracted artists and composers from across the globe.

Walk: 19.5km
Ascent: 510m
Descent: 510m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Cowley Inn

DAY 5

This morning begins with a steady climb to Broadway’s folly tower (the second highest point of the Cotswold escarpment). Walk across grazing pastures and through crop fields to Dovers Hill, the site of an ancient Roman vineyard and in more recent centuries, the Cotswold Olimpicks. Founded in 1662, the games are held every May and include events such as shin-kicking, tug-o-war and morris dancing. Descending into Chipping Campden, many of the 14th-18th century buildings showcase the very best in limestone craftsmanship, including the 18th century market hall. Later in the afternoon, a private transfer will take you to Stratford-upon-Avon where you will spend the next 2 nights.

Walk: 10km
Ascent: 220m
Descent: 170m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Townhouse
Less than a few minutes’ walk from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Swan Theatre, The Townhouse is located in the old town of Stratford. Opposite Shakespeare’s school, this 400-year-old listed building, offers a great bar and contemporary rooms, with all the attractions and the River Avon within easy walking distance.

DAY 6

Today there is the option to take an easy-going stroll along the River Avon to the Tudor timber buildings and cottages of Welford-on-Avon, known for its friendly pubs and streets of thatched cottages. Alternatively explore Stratford-upon-Avon and visit several of Shakespeare’s 16th century town houses which include his family home. Stroll along the River Avon lined with weeping willow trees to the pristine gardens and canal basin in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The perfect location to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of this world famous town.

Optional Walk: 8km
Ascent: 50m
Descent: 50m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Townhouse

DAY 7

Depending on your onward travel plans you may have time to further explore the town before departing.

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 6 nights accommodation in B&B’s, pubs and 3* hotels
  • All luggage transfers
  • Pack free inn to inn walking
  • Private transfer on day 4 from Chipping Campden to Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 welcome dinner
  • Maps, guidebook and route notes
  • 24/7 telephone support from the local Auswalk UK office
  • Flexible itinerary to suit your walking needs
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with your comprehensive maps, route notes and guidebook
  • A day in Stratford-upon-Avon to the visit the world-famous Shakespearean sights
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

During this tour you will spend each night in local inn’s, pubs, family run guest houses or small hotels. Many of these accommodations are steeped in history and date back several centuries, adding to the depth of your Cotswold experience. Accustomed to welcoming walkers, each of your hosts are knowledgeable about the region and are happy to help with any questions or assistance you might need. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk. As many of the overnight stays are in small villages or towns, on occasion we may have to book another similar accommodation of equal standard. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process.

You will be provided with 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner (drinks are not included). If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

The walking

Typically, days are generally easy going underfoot and you should be used to covering up to 20km per day with up to 600m of ascent and descent. Trails are usually well defined and cover a variety of terrain. You will be walking on forest tracks, woodland trails, bridleways, across rolling farmland and through wild meadows. You will also walk through many villages, towns and along short sections of very quiet country lanes that often do not have footpaths so do be mindful of other road users. A moderate active lifestyle makes the walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed.

Although the route is well way marked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with routes notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you require to use for your own device.

This walk is available from late April through to early October

Up to the end of May you may encounter a few showers (it is England after all) and the fields are vibrant with crops of yellow rapeseed in bloom. Meadows and village gardens are blooming with life. From June through to August (summer months), the daylight is longer making it the perfect time for enjoying hillside picnics and sampling local beer in the pub gardens into the evening. During September, the fields are busy with harvest preparations and often summer days can stretch into September. Whatever time of year you choose, you should always be prepared for a change of season during the day!

How to get there and away

This walk starts in Moreton in Marsh and finishes and Stratford-upon-Avon. The closest airports to both towns are London Heathrow and Birmingham.

Arriving at Moreton in Marsh

From London Heathrow, take the train into London Paddington and change for services to Moreton in Marsh (1hr 45mins) (if you’re flying into London Stansted or Gatwick, transferring to Paddington would also be the quickest journey).

Birmingham Airport train station requires a change of train at Oxford (total journey time is around 2hr 10min journey).

Onward Travel from Stratford upon Avon

Stratford train station has regular services throughout the day to London Marylebone (around 2hr 20mins) Some services require a change at Leamington Spa.

To Birmingham Airport you will need to change stations. Hourly services arrive into Birmingham Moor Street, then walk (10mins) to Birmingham New Street for train services to the airport.

If you are heading north (or to the south west of England), you would usually have to travel via Birmingham.

For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases. For bus travel within, and across the Cotswolds, including Stratford-Upon-Avon Pullmans and Marchants local bus services, please check Stagecoach Travel.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2020 - 31 Oct 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1250

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $550

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