After the train journey from London Paddington (a 1.5 hour journey by train) we head straight into the Cotswolds and visit the iconic Chipping Campden, the beautiful American inspired gardens at Hidcote, then have lunch in the best pub in England (Sunday Times) before heading back to the hotel in the afternoon.
For those who want to venture further, with a small additional charge, we head for Stratford. We visit the birthplace of Shakespeare, and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and its theatre. If you would like to see a production at the RSC we can organise this for you (bookings need to be made in advance however). Mileage either 4 / 6.
The tour then winds its way through the majestic countryside of the Cotswolds, taking in some of the most well-known towns and villages including Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water, The Slaughters, Snowshill and the majestic Broadway Tower. For lunch we stop at the gardens at Snowshill Manor and then back to the Manor in Moreton in Marsh. Mileage either 4 / 7.
We visit the country home of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace, World Heritage Site. We walk through the back gate of 2000 estate and stroll through the stunning grounds. On arrival we give you ample time to explore the historical house and beautiful gardens. We then travel to Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds. Mileage either 4 / 6.
We head through the Cotswolds to the beautiful Cotswold town of Bampton, home to the hit show Downton Abbey (it is the village where all the outside filming is completed) then on to the home of William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement. There is the option, for a small charge, to take guests to Oxford by bus in the afternoon for a good look round the historical university town, returning to Burford in the evening. Mileage either 4 / 7.
We travel from Burford towards stunning White Horse Hill, the Ridgeway and walk up the hill to one of the most iconic English views with the landscape rolled out like a patchwork quilt. A side visit to the Neolithic long-barrow at Wayland Smithy and then onto lunch at the White Horse in Woolstone, before transit to a mainline railway station and the end of the tour. Mileage 4.
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs.
Our walks differ from almost every other type of walking tour – we call it “walk in walking”. Each day you will be transported close to an iconic point of interest e.g. Oxford and you will be able to literally walk directly into the city. The transfers are free, in the morning and afternoon and allow our guests to immerse themselves in England’s iconic places. Transfers are on average 30 minutes, with no one journey over 45 minutes.
Walk as much or as little as you like as there are options to suit all ages and abilities. Every day guest will be able to shorten the walk if required ensuring guests only need to walk the miles that suit them.
And if you need picking up, then, no problem, we are always on hand to help. A support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times.
Guides are local experts in history, heritage, flora and fauna. They know every gate, style and pub!