OVERVIEW

Explore a timeless region of England on foot.  Discover over 30 honey-coloured villages and historic wool towns nestled in the northern Cotswolds.

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 riverside pubs head and deep into the rolling Cotswolds through the picture-postcard villages. 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 Shakespeare.

Highlights

  • Walk the northern Cotswolds and discover over 30 historic towns and thatched villages
  • Visit William Shakespeare's legendary hometown 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 the 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

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some uphill sections and occasional steps. Walks are generally shorter and walking experience is not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 1755

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 825

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

per person

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ITINERARY

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

DAY 1
Arrive in Moreton

Only an hour and 35 minutes by train from London arrive in 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
Moreton to Bourton on the Water

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 an 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
Bourton on the Water to Winchcombe

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
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
Winchcombe to Broadway

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: Russell’s of Broadway
Owned and run by the same family headed by Andrew Riley, this award-winning Cotswolds restaurant and hotel, the former showroom of Sir Gordon Russell’s furniture, is the perfect place to visit and enjoy the glorious English countryside.

DAY 5
Broadway to Stratford-upon-Avon

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 (spelt correctly). 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
Stratford-upon-Avon

Today explore Stratford-upon-Avon and visit several of Shakespeare’s 16th-century town houses which include his family home and cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway. 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 4* boutique guest houses, traditional inns and B&Bs
  • All luggage transfers
  • Pack free inn to inn walking
  • Private transfer on day 4 from Chipping Campden to Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 6 breakfasts, 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 guesthouses 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.

  • NIGHT 1

  • NIGHT 2

  • NIGHT 3

  • NIGHT 4

  • NIGHT 5 & 6

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - BELOW AVERAGE

Elevation is not a major consideration in your overall training program. However, you should still incorporate some form of resistance training to increase your endurance.

FLAT TERRAIN

Whilst training for walking on flat and hard terrain, you should focus on building endurance and ensuring you can maintain a comfortable pace.

Start with regular walks on sidewalks, roads, or paved paths to get used to the surface. Maintain a proper posture and engage your core muscles to support your back, keeping a steady gait. Ensure that you have comfortable, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning. If endurance is important, consider incorporating low-impact cross-training activities like swimming or cycling into your routine.

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 walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed.

Although the route is well waymarked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with routes notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you require to use them 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

TRAVELLING TO THE START OF THE WALK

Travel to Moreton in Marsh, England. When do I need to arrive on day 1?

This walk starts in Moreton in Marsh and ends in Stratford upon Avon. You can arrive at your accommodation at any time on day 1. Should you arrive before the check-in time of 3pm your luggage can be stored at the accommodation. If you cannot arrive at your accommodation until after 9pm, please let us know so we can ensure there is somebody available to check you in and so we can make arrangements for your included dinner. Please refer to your accommodation list for directions and information about your first night’s stay in Moreton in Marsh.

How to get to Moreton in Marsh, England, the start of your walk

By Air Travel: Moreton in Marsh does not have an airport but has excellent train links to London Paddington. At London Paddington, you can easily connect to London Heathrow and Gatwick.

From London Heathrow to London Paddington: The Heathrow Express service is by far the easiest. Trains run every 15mins and with a journey time of 15mins from London Heathrow to Paddington, this is the quickest transfer time. It is a good idea to pre-book tickets (purchases on the day are more expensive). Tickets can be booked at https://www.heathrowexpress.com/news/ and are from £15 one way. From Heathrow arrivals, follow the signs for ‘Heathrow Express’. As there are 4 services an hour, you do not have to rush.

Alternatively, a cheaper but longer journey would be to use the London Underground to Paddington. From the arrival hall, follow signs for the London Underground and take the Piccadilly Line, changing at Earls Court for Paddington (around 1-hour journey time and around £8).

From London Gatwick to London Paddington: At London Gatwick train station, take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station (30mins travel time) and change for a tube on the District Line to London Paddington (20mins). Ticket prices will vary and again, do book in advance for the cheapest tickets.

London Paddington to Moreton in Marsh: A straightforward, direct train departs London Paddington and arrives in Moreton Marsh 1hr 30mins later. Tickets are best purchased in advance from The Trainline website.

If you are travelling from Birmingham Airport or from one of the main train stations, you will need to catch a service from Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill. Here you change for a service direct to Moreton in Marsh (total journey time around 2hrs, £35).

Onward Travel from Stratford upon Avon

ONWARD TRAVEL

Onward Travel from Stratford upon Avon, England

Stratford upon Avon does not have an airport but from its train station (Stratford train station) has regular services throughout the day to London Marylebone (around 2hr 20mins). Some services require a change at Leamington Spa.

If you are travelling onto Birmingham Airport you will need to change stations. Hourly services from Stratford upon Avon arrive on Birmingham Moor Street. You will then walk (10mins) to Birmingham New Street for train services to the airport, alighting at Birmingham International.

If you are heading north (or to the south-west of England) after this tour, you would usually have to travel via Birmingham train station.

If you are staying in Stratford before this tour, we can book you a private transfer (20mins) or you can catch a bus to Moreton in Marsh, which takes around 90mins. For further information, please contact the office.

For all train travel in the UK, prices, timetables and ticket reservations can be made through The Trainline. For travel on the London Transport network, please access https://tfl.gov.uk

A useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to other destinations in the UK or Europe.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Never board a train in the UK without a ticket. Although some rural train services permit onboard ticket purchases the majority of train services do not allow this and will either fine you (up to £200) and/or ask you to leave at the next stop.

Train travel in the UK can be very expensive. Booking trains in advance is always the most cost-effective. Often travelling off-peak (after 9:30am and not between the hours of 3:30pm -6:30pm) can significantly reduce ticket prices.

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DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1755

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $825
  • 1 Apr 2025 - 17 Oct 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1825

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $860

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Overview

OVERVIEW

Explore a timeless region of England on foot.  Discover over 30 honey-coloured villages and historic wool towns nestled in the northern Cotswolds.

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 riverside pubs head and deep into the rolling Cotswolds through the picture-postcard villages. 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 Shakespeare.

Highlights

  • Walk the northern Cotswolds and discover over 30 historic towns and thatched villages
  • Visit William Shakespeare's legendary hometown 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 the 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

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some uphill sections and occasional steps. Walks are generally shorter and walking experience is not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 1755

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 825

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
Arrive in Moreton

Only an hour and 35 minutes by train from London arrive in 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
Moreton to Bourton on the Water

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 an 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
Bourton on the Water to Winchcombe

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
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
Winchcombe to Broadway

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: Russell’s of Broadway
Owned and run by the same family headed by Andrew Riley, this award-winning Cotswolds restaurant and hotel, the former showroom of Sir Gordon Russell’s furniture, is the perfect place to visit and enjoy the glorious English countryside.

DAY 5
Broadway to Stratford-upon-Avon

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 (spelt correctly). 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
Stratford-upon-Avon

Today explore Stratford-upon-Avon and visit several of Shakespeare’s 16th-century town houses which include his family home and cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway. 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 4* boutique guest houses, traditional inns and B&Bs
  • All luggage transfers
  • Pack free inn to inn walking
  • Private transfer on day 4 from Chipping Campden to Stratford-upon-Avon
  • 6 breakfasts, 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 guesthouses 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.

  • NIGHT 1

  • NIGHT 2

  • NIGHT 3

  • NIGHT 4

  • NIGHT 5 & 6

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - BELOW AVERAGE

Distance is not a major consideration in your training program. However, you should still incorporate some long walks as it will increase your cardiovascular fitness.

ELEVATION - BELOW AVERAGE

Elevation is not a major consideration in your overall training program. However, you should still incorporate some form of resistance training to increase your endurance.

FLAT TERRAIN

Whilst training for walking on flat and hard terrain, you should focus on building endurance and ensuring you can maintain a comfortable pace.

Start with regular walks on sidewalks, roads, or paved paths to get used to the surface. Maintain a proper posture and engage your core muscles to support your back, keeping a steady gait. Ensure that you have comfortable, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning. If endurance is important, consider incorporating low-impact cross-training activities like swimming or cycling into your routine.

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 walking enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed.

Although the route is well waymarked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with routes notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you require to use them 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

TRAVELLING TO THE START OF THE WALK

Travel to Moreton in Marsh, England. When do I need to arrive on day 1?

This walk starts in Moreton in Marsh and ends in Stratford upon Avon. You can arrive at your accommodation at any time on day 1. Should you arrive before the check-in time of 3pm your luggage can be stored at the accommodation. If you cannot arrive at your accommodation until after 9pm, please let us know so we can ensure there is somebody available to check you in and so we can make arrangements for your included dinner. Please refer to your accommodation list for directions and information about your first night’s stay in Moreton in Marsh.

How to get to Moreton in Marsh, England, the start of your walk

By Air Travel: Moreton in Marsh does not have an airport but has excellent train links to London Paddington. At London Paddington, you can easily connect to London Heathrow and Gatwick.

From London Heathrow to London Paddington: The Heathrow Express service is by far the easiest. Trains run every 15mins and with a journey time of 15mins from London Heathrow to Paddington, this is the quickest transfer time. It is a good idea to pre-book tickets (purchases on the day are more expensive). Tickets can be booked at https://www.heathrowexpress.com/news/ and are from £15 one way. From Heathrow arrivals, follow the signs for ‘Heathrow Express’. As there are 4 services an hour, you do not have to rush.

Alternatively, a cheaper but longer journey would be to use the London Underground to Paddington. From the arrival hall, follow signs for the London Underground and take the Piccadilly Line, changing at Earls Court for Paddington (around 1-hour journey time and around £8).

From London Gatwick to London Paddington: At London Gatwick train station, take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station (30mins travel time) and change for a tube on the District Line to London Paddington (20mins). Ticket prices will vary and again, do book in advance for the cheapest tickets.

London Paddington to Moreton in Marsh: A straightforward, direct train departs London Paddington and arrives in Moreton Marsh 1hr 30mins later. Tickets are best purchased in advance from The Trainline website.

If you are travelling from Birmingham Airport or from one of the main train stations, you will need to catch a service from Birmingham New Street to Worcester Shrub Hill. Here you change for a service direct to Moreton in Marsh (total journey time around 2hrs, £35).

Onward Travel from Stratford upon Avon

ONWARD TRAVEL

Onward Travel from Stratford upon Avon, England

Stratford upon Avon does not have an airport but from its train station (Stratford train station) has regular services throughout the day to London Marylebone (around 2hr 20mins). Some services require a change at Leamington Spa.

If you are travelling onto Birmingham Airport you will need to change stations. Hourly services from Stratford upon Avon arrive on Birmingham Moor Street. You will then walk (10mins) to Birmingham New Street for train services to the airport, alighting at Birmingham International.

If you are heading north (or to the south-west of England) after this tour, you would usually have to travel via Birmingham train station.

If you are staying in Stratford before this tour, we can book you a private transfer (20mins) or you can catch a bus to Moreton in Marsh, which takes around 90mins. For further information, please contact the office.

For all train travel in the UK, prices, timetables and ticket reservations can be made through The Trainline. For travel on the London Transport network, please access https://tfl.gov.uk

A useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to other destinations in the UK or Europe.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Never board a train in the UK without a ticket. Although some rural train services permit onboard ticket purchases the majority of train services do not allow this and will either fine you (up to £200) and/or ask you to leave at the next stop.

Train travel in the UK can be very expensive. Booking trains in advance is always the most cost-effective. Often travelling off-peak (after 9:30am and not between the hours of 3:30pm -6:30pm) can significantly reduce ticket prices.

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  • 1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
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    $1755

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    $825
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    $1825

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    $860
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