OVERVIEW

Walk the Cotswold Way, from the northern medieval market town of Chipping Campden to the world heritage city of Bath in the south. Follow a rolling trail through picture perfect English countryside along the Cotswold’s western escarpment. Hike across wild meadows and grazing pastures, as you climb to hilltop Neolithic burial sites and ancient battlefields of the English Civil War.

Descend over a patchwork of farmland to explore the charming streets, thatched cottages and trading houses of Stanton and Broadway, where it’s worth making time for a traditional afternoon tea. Venture deep into ancient woodlands as the trail heads into the former wool and cloth producing town of Painswick. Beyond Painswick, visit the 17th baroque mansion house and deer park of Dyrham. Concluding at the magnificent Bath Abbey, the route passes through the lavish Georgian streets of The Royal Crescent, Lansdowne Circus and of course, one of the world’s greatest spas of the ancient world, The Roman Baths.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COTSWOLD WAY:

  • Walk the Cotswold Way from Chipping Campden to Bath, England’s picture postcard national trail
  • Discover the thatched cottages and honey-coloured houses of Stanton and Broadway
  • Hike through the rolling English countryside, across grazing pastures and into ancient woodlands
  • Soak up the atmosphere of historic Cotswolds pubs, sampling the local beer
  • Enjoy a traditional cream tea in the historic wool town of Painswick
  • Spend each night in historic inn’s and family run guest houses
  • Explore the Neolithic burial sites, medieval abbeys and elegant manor houses of the Cotswolds
  • Visit the UNESCO listed city of Bath with its Roman Baths and exquisitely preserved Georgian architecture

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 3 – Moderate

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

PRICE FROM
$ 1495

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 600

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 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
Arrive Chipping Camden

Start your exploration of the Cotswolds in the enchanting market town of Chipping Campden. Within easy reach of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Chipping Campden boasts an elegant high street with many of its buildings dating back to the medieval period. Its centrepiece is the 17th century limestone market hall which was built to provide shelter for traders of cheese, butter and poultry over the past centuries. For many walkers an extra night is often added to explore the beauty of Chipping Campden (or nearby Stratford-upon-Avon) before beginning the walk.

Accommodation: Bantam Tea Rooms
Located in the heart of Chipping Campden, Bantam Tea Rooms overlooks the 17th century market hall. The building itself is over 300 years old and has featured as a dairy, butchers and antiques hall. More recently, in the 1950’s ‘Mrs Betty Brock and her Babes’ ran the property as a tea rooms, which eventually became this welcoming accommodation for walkers!

DAY 2
Walk to Stanton (or Stanway)

Leaving the historic streets of Chipping Campden head out onto the Cotswold Way hiking through crop fields and grazing pastures as you gently ascend to Dovers Hill and the ancient remains of a Roman vineyard. The route continues through wild meadows and woodland to the panoramic viewpoint and folly tower of Broadway, where below, the pristine tree lined streets of Broadway town make for a great lunch spot. From Broadway, a steady climb continues through a succession of forests and rolling meadows before your final descent of the day to the thatched cottages and limestone houses of Stanton village.

Walk: 16.5km
Ascent: 400m
Descent: 400m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Post House
Dating back to the 17th century, this family run guest house offers comfortable en-suite accommodation. Complete with friendly dogs, Ivy and Radish, your host Jo, provides a hearty breakfast with homemade preserves, fresh breads, croissants and of course, a traditional English breakfast.

DAY 3
Walk to Cleeve Hill

Begin the day with an easy stroll across wild meadows and farmland to the hamlet of Stanway, where you will pass by the 16th century Jacobean Manor, Stanway House. Climbing out of Stanway, ascend to high grazing pastures before descending to Hailes, where you can visit the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey, built in 1246. Only a few KM’s further sees you arrive into the lively town of Winchcombe, home to Sudeley Castle and burial place of Queen Katherine-Parr, the last wife of King Henry VIII. Onwards from Winchcombe, the trail rolls to Cleeve Hill, the highest peak of the Cotswolds. Here, soak up far reaching views of Cheltenham Spa and across to the Malvern Hills before arriving at your accommodation for the night.

Walk: 20.5km
Ascent: 570m
Descent: 370m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Cleeve Hill Hotel
At the foot of Cleeve Hill and only a few minutes stroll from the nearby pub, this hotel has been welcoming walkers for many years (guests always enjoy the honesty bar, stocked with local gin!). En-suite rooms are comfortable with complimentary tea and coffee in good supply. Serving organic, locally sourced produce is the perfect set-up to tackle Cleeve Hill!

DAY 4
Walk to Birdlip

After a morning climb to the summit of Cleeve Hill follow an undulating route along the western Cotswold escarpment, high above the town of Cheltenham. A short climb leads to Devil’s Chimney, a twisted funnel limestone rock formation on the rugged trails of Leckhampton Hill where views expand over the Vale of Gloucester. The trail continues into the ancient forests of Crickley Hill as you make your way to the village of Birdlip, located on the old Roman Road between Gloucester and Cirencester.

Walk: 25.5km
Ascent: 600m
Descent: 620m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Royal George Inn
A 3* hotel in Birdlip that offers an extensive bar and restaurant serving all the British pub classics, such as bangers (sausages) and mash, fish and chips and slow cooked beef pie. On tap are a number of local beers, along with an extensive selection of gins from across the UK.

DAY 5
Walk to Kings Stanley

A predominantly wooded walk this morning that follows the forested tracks of Buckle, Coopershill, Upton and Popes Wood as you make your way to Painswick. This honeypot village is about half-way along the trail so if you’re considering adding a rest day, Painswick is the perfect place to do so (we’d definitely suggest a visit to the UK’s last remaining Rococo Gardens if you do). Climbing out of Painswick, the trail traverses woodlands to Haresfield Beacon where you can see across to the River Severn and Forest of Dean on the Welsh border. Descending between the towns of Stonehouse and Stroud, pass by the old woollen mill of Kings Stanley village before arriving at your accommodation.

Walk: 27km
Ascent: 1140m
Descent: 1350m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Valley Views B&B
This B&B sits on the Cotswolds Way trail within the village of Kings Stanley. Pam welcomes you into her home where you can relax in the garden or your en-suite room. Nearby take a stroll to the local Kings Head pub for dinner before heading back to your comfortable room.

DAY 6
Walk to Wotton Under Edge

A challenging and enjoyable day as you climb to the Cotswolds Escarpment and up to Coaley Peak. Along the way, visit Nympsfield Long Barrow (a Neolithic burial site dating back to 2500BC). From Coaley, the route rolls on to the market town of Dursley, perfect for a spot of lunch. The steady climb out of Dursley heads up to Nibley Knoll and the Tyndale Monument, built in honour of William Tyndale (translator of the New Testament, 1530). From here the route turns south east through Westridge Woods to Wotton Under Edge.

Walk: 24km
Ascent: 850m
Descent: 800m
Meals included: Breakfast and Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: The Swan Inn
A favourite with the locals, The Swan Inn has been welcoming travellers since the 17th century. This old coaching inn has a bar, snug and restaurant so you don’t have to wander too far after a day walking the ‘Wolds. Rooms have been designed in keeping with the history of this historic property.

DAY 7
Walk to Tormarton

After leaving the market town of Wootton, climb to the woodland above the fields of ‘Nanny Farmer’s Bottom’. It’s then downhill to the hamlet of Wortley and southwards along the valley through the former wool producing villages of Alderley and Hawkesbury. The route then heads through crop fields, grazing pastures and across the grandeur of Dodington House and Park, built in 1798. The route today finishes at the sleepy village of Tormarton.

Walk: 24km
Ascent: 600m
Descent: 530m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Compass Inn
Nestled in 6 acres of grounds, relax in your spacious en-suite room before dining in the organery (a vine covered conservatory restaurant). Choose between pub classics or a la carte dining and round things off with a nightcap in the cottage bar.

DAY 8
Walk to Bath

An early start today would allow ample time to explore the lavish 17th century baroque manor house and grounds of Dyrham Park. South of Dyrham, climb to the settlement of Cold Ashton as the route turns south west towards Lansdowne Hill (the site of a bloody battle between Royalists and Parliamentarians during the English Civil War in 1643). With Bath now in sight, descend to the outskirts of this Roman city. Follow the final few km’s along the Georgian streets and architectural landmarks of The Royal Crescent and Lansdowne Circus, before finishing at the official ‘Cotswold Way’ limestone marker at the foot of Bath Abbey.

Walk: 27km
Ascent: 420m
Descent: 570m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Henrietta House
Steeped in history, this double fronted Georgian property dates back to the 1780’s and is located in the ‘new town’ of Bath. All rooms are en-suite with period furnishings and artwork. Breakfast is lovingly made by the resident chef, who even roasts fresh granola each morning.

DAY 9
Onward Travel

With plenty to do in Bath, you may wish to add another night or 2 to further explore the city and nearby villages. Bradford-on-Avon is well worth a visit if you have the time. If you are departing on this day, your accommodation would be happy to store your luggage after check-out if you require.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 8 nights accommodation in B&B’s, pubs and 3* hotels
  • All luggage transfers
  • Pack free inn to inn walking
  • Flexibility to add nights and further explore this timeless region of England
  • 8 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • A day to explore the Roman and Georgian architecture and sights of Bath
  • Maps, guidebook and route notes
  • 24/7 telephone support

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 8 breakfasts and 5 lunches. If you have any food allergies of 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

About the walking

Typically, days are generally easy going underfoot and you should be used to covering up to 25km 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 villages, towns and on 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 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 Chipping Campden and ends in Bath Spa. The closest airports to Chipping Campden are London Heathrow, Bristol.

From London Heathrow, take the train into London Paddington and change for services to Moreton in Marsh (1hr 45mins). From Moreton we can arrange private transfers to Chipping Campden or alternatively you can take a bus (30min journey). Alternatively, from London Marylebone train station there are services to Stratford upon Avon (1hr 55mins) where you can change for a direct bus to Chipping Campden (or we can arrange a private transfer for you).

Bristol Airport connects with the main Temple Meads train station by bus. At Temple Meads change for a train service to Cheltenham, where you can take a direct bus to Chipping Campden (or we arrange a private transfer for you).

Onward Travel From Bath

Bath Spa train station has excellent and frequent services to Cardiff (1hr 15mins), London Paddington (1hr 30mins), Bristol (15mins) along with many other destination into the South West of England. If you wish to travel north from Bath Spa, you would usually have to change trains in Bristol.

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 and Cheltenham, please check Stagecoach Travel.

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

Insurance

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We absolutely require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

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

    $1495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $600
Overview

OVERVIEW

Walk the Cotswold Way, from the northern medieval market town of Chipping Campden to the world heritage city of Bath in the south. Follow a rolling trail through picture perfect English countryside along the Cotswold’s western escarpment. Hike across wild meadows and grazing pastures, as you climb to hilltop Neolithic burial sites and ancient battlefields of the English Civil War.

Descend over a patchwork of farmland to explore the charming streets, thatched cottages and trading houses of Stanton and Broadway, where it’s worth making time for a traditional afternoon tea. Venture deep into ancient woodlands as the trail heads into the former wool and cloth producing town of Painswick. Beyond Painswick, visit the 17th baroque mansion house and deer park of Dyrham. Concluding at the magnificent Bath Abbey, the route passes through the lavish Georgian streets of The Royal Crescent, Lansdowne Circus and of course, one of the world’s greatest spas of the ancient world, The Roman Baths.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COTSWOLD WAY:

  • Walk the Cotswold Way from Chipping Campden to Bath, England’s picture postcard national trail
  • Discover the thatched cottages and honey-coloured houses of Stanton and Broadway
  • Hike through the rolling English countryside, across grazing pastures and into ancient woodlands
  • Soak up the atmosphere of historic Cotswolds pubs, sampling the local beer
  • Enjoy a traditional cream tea in the historic wool town of Painswick
  • Spend each night in historic inn’s and family run guest houses
  • Explore the Neolithic burial sites, medieval abbeys and elegant manor houses of the Cotswolds
  • Visit the UNESCO listed city of Bath with its Roman Baths and exquisitely preserved Georgian architecture

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 3 – Moderate

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

PRICE FROM
$ 1495

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 600

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 8
  • Day 9

DAY 1
Arrive Chipping Camden

Start your exploration of the Cotswolds in the enchanting market town of Chipping Campden. Within easy reach of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Chipping Campden boasts an elegant high street with many of its buildings dating back to the medieval period. Its centrepiece is the 17th century limestone market hall which was built to provide shelter for traders of cheese, butter and poultry over the past centuries. For many walkers an extra night is often added to explore the beauty of Chipping Campden (or nearby Stratford-upon-Avon) before beginning the walk.

Accommodation: Bantam Tea Rooms
Located in the heart of Chipping Campden, Bantam Tea Rooms overlooks the 17th century market hall. The building itself is over 300 years old and has featured as a dairy, butchers and antiques hall. More recently, in the 1950’s ‘Mrs Betty Brock and her Babes’ ran the property as a tea rooms, which eventually became this welcoming accommodation for walkers!

DAY 2
Walk to Stanton (or Stanway)

Leaving the historic streets of Chipping Campden head out onto the Cotswold Way hiking through crop fields and grazing pastures as you gently ascend to Dovers Hill and the ancient remains of a Roman vineyard. The route continues through wild meadows and woodland to the panoramic viewpoint and folly tower of Broadway, where below, the pristine tree lined streets of Broadway town make for a great lunch spot. From Broadway, a steady climb continues through a succession of forests and rolling meadows before your final descent of the day to the thatched cottages and limestone houses of Stanton village.

Walk: 16.5km
Ascent: 400m
Descent: 400m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Post House
Dating back to the 17th century, this family run guest house offers comfortable en-suite accommodation. Complete with friendly dogs, Ivy and Radish, your host Jo, provides a hearty breakfast with homemade preserves, fresh breads, croissants and of course, a traditional English breakfast.

DAY 3
Walk to Cleeve Hill

Begin the day with an easy stroll across wild meadows and farmland to the hamlet of Stanway, where you will pass by the 16th century Jacobean Manor, Stanway House. Climbing out of Stanway, ascend to high grazing pastures before descending to Hailes, where you can visit the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey, built in 1246. Only a few KM’s further sees you arrive into the lively town of Winchcombe, home to Sudeley Castle and burial place of Queen Katherine-Parr, the last wife of King Henry VIII. Onwards from Winchcombe, the trail rolls to Cleeve Hill, the highest peak of the Cotswolds. Here, soak up far reaching views of Cheltenham Spa and across to the Malvern Hills before arriving at your accommodation for the night.

Walk: 20.5km
Ascent: 570m
Descent: 370m
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Cleeve Hill Hotel
At the foot of Cleeve Hill and only a few minutes stroll from the nearby pub, this hotel has been welcoming walkers for many years (guests always enjoy the honesty bar, stocked with local gin!). En-suite rooms are comfortable with complimentary tea and coffee in good supply. Serving organic, locally sourced produce is the perfect set-up to tackle Cleeve Hill!

DAY 4
Walk to Birdlip

After a morning climb to the summit of Cleeve Hill follow an undulating route along the western Cotswold escarpment, high above the town of Cheltenham. A short climb leads to Devil’s Chimney, a twisted funnel limestone rock formation on the rugged trails of Leckhampton Hill where views expand over the Vale of Gloucester. The trail continues into the ancient forests of Crickley Hill as you make your way to the village of Birdlip, located on the old Roman Road between Gloucester and Cirencester.

Walk: 25.5km
Ascent: 600m
Descent: 620m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Royal George Inn
A 3* hotel in Birdlip that offers an extensive bar and restaurant serving all the British pub classics, such as bangers (sausages) and mash, fish and chips and slow cooked beef pie. On tap are a number of local beers, along with an extensive selection of gins from across the UK.

DAY 5
Walk to Kings Stanley

A predominantly wooded walk this morning that follows the forested tracks of Buckle, Coopershill, Upton and Popes Wood as you make your way to Painswick. This honeypot village is about half-way along the trail so if you’re considering adding a rest day, Painswick is the perfect place to do so (we’d definitely suggest a visit to the UK’s last remaining Rococo Gardens if you do). Climbing out of Painswick, the trail traverses woodlands to Haresfield Beacon where you can see across to the River Severn and Forest of Dean on the Welsh border. Descending between the towns of Stonehouse and Stroud, pass by the old woollen mill of Kings Stanley village before arriving at your accommodation.

Walk: 27km
Ascent: 1140m
Descent: 1350m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Valley Views B&B
This B&B sits on the Cotswolds Way trail within the village of Kings Stanley. Pam welcomes you into her home where you can relax in the garden or your en-suite room. Nearby take a stroll to the local Kings Head pub for dinner before heading back to your comfortable room.

DAY 6
Walk to Wotton Under Edge

A challenging and enjoyable day as you climb to the Cotswolds Escarpment and up to Coaley Peak. Along the way, visit Nympsfield Long Barrow (a Neolithic burial site dating back to 2500BC). From Coaley, the route rolls on to the market town of Dursley, perfect for a spot of lunch. The steady climb out of Dursley heads up to Nibley Knoll and the Tyndale Monument, built in honour of William Tyndale (translator of the New Testament, 1530). From here the route turns south east through Westridge Woods to Wotton Under Edge.

Walk: 24km
Ascent: 850m
Descent: 800m
Meals included: Breakfast and Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: The Swan Inn
A favourite with the locals, The Swan Inn has been welcoming travellers since the 17th century. This old coaching inn has a bar, snug and restaurant so you don’t have to wander too far after a day walking the ‘Wolds. Rooms have been designed in keeping with the history of this historic property.

DAY 7
Walk to Tormarton

After leaving the market town of Wootton, climb to the woodland above the fields of ‘Nanny Farmer’s Bottom’. It’s then downhill to the hamlet of Wortley and southwards along the valley through the former wool producing villages of Alderley and Hawkesbury. The route then heads through crop fields, grazing pastures and across the grandeur of Dodington House and Park, built in 1798. The route today finishes at the sleepy village of Tormarton.

Walk: 24km
Ascent: 600m
Descent: 530m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Compass Inn
Nestled in 6 acres of grounds, relax in your spacious en-suite room before dining in the organery (a vine covered conservatory restaurant). Choose between pub classics or a la carte dining and round things off with a nightcap in the cottage bar.

DAY 8
Walk to Bath

An early start today would allow ample time to explore the lavish 17th century baroque manor house and grounds of Dyrham Park. South of Dyrham, climb to the settlement of Cold Ashton as the route turns south west towards Lansdowne Hill (the site of a bloody battle between Royalists and Parliamentarians during the English Civil War in 1643). With Bath now in sight, descend to the outskirts of this Roman city. Follow the final few km’s along the Georgian streets and architectural landmarks of The Royal Crescent and Lansdowne Circus, before finishing at the official ‘Cotswold Way’ limestone marker at the foot of Bath Abbey.

Walk: 27km
Ascent: 420m
Descent: 570m
Meals included: Breakfast & Walkers Lunch
Accommodation: Henrietta House
Steeped in history, this double fronted Georgian property dates back to the 1780’s and is located in the ‘new town’ of Bath. All rooms are en-suite with period furnishings and artwork. Breakfast is lovingly made by the resident chef, who even roasts fresh granola each morning.

DAY 9
Onward Travel

With plenty to do in Bath, you may wish to add another night or 2 to further explore the city and nearby villages. Bradford-on-Avon is well worth a visit if you have the time. If you are departing on this day, your accommodation would be happy to store your luggage after check-out if you require.

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 8 nights accommodation in B&B’s, pubs and 3* hotels
  • All luggage transfers
  • Pack free inn to inn walking
  • Flexibility to add nights and further explore this timeless region of England
  • 8 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • A day to explore the Roman and Georgian architecture and sights of Bath
  • Maps, guidebook and route notes
  • 24/7 telephone support
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 8 breakfasts and 5 lunches. If you have any food allergies of 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

About the walking

Typically, days are generally easy going underfoot and you should be used to covering up to 25km 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 villages, towns and on 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 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 Chipping Campden and ends in Bath Spa. The closest airports to Chipping Campden are London Heathrow, Bristol.

From London Heathrow, take the train into London Paddington and change for services to Moreton in Marsh (1hr 45mins). From Moreton we can arrange private transfers to Chipping Campden or alternatively you can take a bus (30min journey). Alternatively, from London Marylebone train station there are services to Stratford upon Avon (1hr 55mins) where you can change for a direct bus to Chipping Campden (or we can arrange a private transfer for you).

Bristol Airport connects with the main Temple Meads train station by bus. At Temple Meads change for a train service to Cheltenham, where you can take a direct bus to Chipping Campden (or we arrange a private transfer for you).

Onward Travel From Bath

Bath Spa train station has excellent and frequent services to Cardiff (1hr 15mins), London Paddington (1hr 30mins), Bristol (15mins) along with many other destination into the South West of England. If you wish to travel north from Bath Spa, you would usually have to change trains in Bristol.

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 and Cheltenham, please check Stagecoach Travel.

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

Insurance

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We absolutely require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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

    $1495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $600

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