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What to Expect from our Iconic Cotswolds Walking Holiday
This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as visiting some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites you could not fit in to a ‘normal’ self-guided walking trip. Visit the spectacular and historic English locations you have always wished to see, including the World Heritage Sites of Churchill’s Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge and Bath, along the Great West Way, with its canals, Roman Baths and Regency glory. We also take you on a tour of Windsor Castle and the Great Park, and the tour the wonderful university city of Oxford.
Return to nature hiking through the Cotswolds, enjoying the freedoms of walking in at your own pace, in your own time. Immerse yourself in the history and heritage of England and explore the Cotswolds countryside by walking on your own, as a couple or bringing friends and family to walk with you.
No Hassle Self-Guided Walking Tours
We take all the hassle out of walking by picking you up from London on a Sunday morning and taking you into the Cotswolds, via Windsor Castle. Included in your tour are all luggage transfers, all accommodation bookings, maps, GPS instructions, and providing transfers to incredible iconic palaces, estates, gardens, cities, Neolithic sites and more to visit along the way. Walk through the Cotswolds along canals, rivers and meadows into our chocolate box villages, towns and cities to discover the real England in all its glory.
Classic Cotswolds Self Guided Walking Itinerary
Day 1Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park
We meet you in London Paddington, on Platform 1 underneath the clock, and take you to Windsor for a walk around Windsor Great Park, including the deer park and the Guards Polo Pitches, and along the famous Long Walk right up to the Castle and the town of Windsor. We lunch in town and take a tour of the castle in the afternoon before transferring to Moreton in Marsh and your hotel for the first two nights of this tour.
Mileage: 4-6 miles
Day 2Golden Stoned Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, The Eccentric Hidcote Gardens
After a short transfer to the golden-stoned medieval market town of Chipping Campden, our route leads you out of town and through the Cotswold hills to the beautiful American inspired gardens at Hidcote. Take your time exploring these gardens and the great little café for a coffee break before walking on to Broadway Tower lunch. From here you can see 16 different counties and all the way to Wales. The afternoon walk is a loop from the Tower into Broadway village itself and back up to the views on top of the Cotswold escarpment. We transfer you the short distance back to your hotel in Moreton in Marsh, in the late afternoon.
Mileage: 8 miles
Day 3Blenheim Palace and its 2000 acre estate – Birthplace of Churchill
We transfer you to the country home of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site. You can walk through the back gate of its 2000 acre estate and stroll through the stunning grounds. On arrival at the Palace there is ample time to explore the historical house and beautiful gardens. We then travel to Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and your hotel for the evening.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
Day 4White Horse Hill, Avebury and Stonehenge – Neolithic Day!
We travel from Burford to the stunning White Horse Hill to see the beautiful ancient carving atop the Ridgeway. Your walk takes you to an ancient long barrow – the burial mound Wayland Smithy – and around to a Bronze Age Fort with views stretching across the Thames Valley. We travel on to the giant stone henge at Avebury and the famous Stonehenge itself in the afternoon to complete our Neolithic Day. There is also the option to finish at lunchtime and head straight to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon in Bath.
Mileage: 4-8 miles
Day 5Bath Skyline Walk, Great West Way, Optional Roman Baths, Bath City
We travel to the start of the famous Skyline Walk, with views across the Regency city, taking in woodlands and canals before heading into the city for lunch and an afternoon exploring the Roman Baths or enjoying some retail therapy in the bustling city centre. You stay again in Bath on this last night.
Mileage: 6 miles
Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel
After a leisurely breakfast we help all guests with their ongoing travel arrangements. Regular direct trains depart from Bath Spa station into London and other mainline stations.
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London Paddington Station, Platform 1, Under the Clock
Choose Between Country Accommodation or Prestige Accommodation (additional fee)
5 Night’s Accommodation
Maps, Route Instructions, Comprehensive GPS routes (Ride With GPS) to follow on your phones
Transfers to Iconic Locations and Sites
International Flights and travel to and from the start / end of tour
Items of a personal nature
Dinners, lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Roman Baths, Oxford Colleges
On this trip, will I see more than just the Cotswolds?
Yes! This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites, that you would not get on a ‘normal’ walking trip! The Cotswolds stretch from Bath in the South to Stratford Upon Avon in the North, and across to Oxford in the East. They are known for their breath taking natural beauty, rolling hills and historic towns and villages, built from the golden Cotswold stone.
Why choose a self-guided walking tour?
With exceptionally well-planned routes, our self-guided tours are designed to suit the independent traveler or groups of travelers; those who wish to travel at their own pace and speed. With GPS instructions and maps, we detail all of the points of interests, lunch stops, cafes – and of course pubs! Walk at your leisure, safe in the knowledge that a support team and emergency support vehicle is always on standby.
How do I get to the Cotswolds from near London?
We will pick you up from London and take you directly out to the Cotswolds, to ensure your journey is hassle free! If you would like to start this tour from somewhere other than London please get in touch – taking the train from London, Bristol or the Midlands is an easy 60-90 minute direct journey into the Cotswolds and to the start of our walking tours.
What are the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, consisting of a limestone escarpment of rolling green hills and picturesque valleys in the south west of England. They are quintessentially British area with historical landmarks and pockets of singular beauty throughout.
What is the Great West Way?
The Great West Way is a 125 mile multi-modal touring route from London to Bristol on ancient routes through idyllic countryside. It’s for curious travellers who want to explore off the beaten track! We hop on and off of this beautiful route from Windsor near London, down to the Avebury Stone Circle in the South Cotswolds, and along the canals around the Regency City of Bath. Many of our guests choose to walk further after our tours and continue along the Great West Way route towards Bristol, please ask if you would like to extend your trip with us – our experts are happy to advise on walking and cycling routes and hotel bookings along the way.