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What to Expect from our ‘Short Walks’ Holiday in the Cotswolds
With short walks each day, return to nature hiking through the Cotswolds on this self-guided walking holiday, enjoying the freedoms of walking at your own pace, in your own time. Immerse yourself in the history and heritage of England and rediscover the English 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 including all luggage transfers, organising and booking all accommodation, providing maps, GPS instructions, and recommending iconic manors, estates, gardens, ancient sites and more to visit along the way. Walk through the Cotswolds along canals, rivers and meadows into our incredible towns and cities.
Cotswolds Walking Self Guided Itinerary
Day 1Moreton in Marsh, Batsford Arboretum
Guests arrive at lunchtime into Moreton in Marsh, a 90 minute direct journey from London Paddington. Our guides will meet you at the station and settle you into your hotel. We give you a full and detailed briefing on the tour and set you off on an afternoon walk to Batsford’s impressive arboretum, one of the largest private tree collections in the country and a gentle introduction to the Cotswold landscape.
Mileage: 3 miles
Day 2The Eccentric Hidcote Gardens, Ebrington, Chipping Campden
Today’s walk begins with a tour of the stunning Hidcote Gardens and its eccentric series of American inspired ‘outdoor rooms’. From here you can walk to lunch in Ebrington, locally know as ‘Yubberton’ as it is home to the Yubberton Brewing Company, crafting their own ales! Our routes take guests back along winding country lanes to their hotel in Chipping Campden.
Mileage: 5.5 miles
Day 3Broadway Tower, Snowshill Manor, Broadway Village
Guests head out of Chipping Campden along the Cotswold Way to Broadway Tower for lunch, from where you can see 16 counties, and Wales! The afternoon walk takes guests into the golden stoned town of Broadway, a true jewel of the Cotswolds, and where guests stay for the next two nights. Broadway has a great selection of pubs and restaurants, art galleries, cafes and great retail-therapy in the afternoon.
Mileage: 5 miles
Day 4Hailes Abbey, Sudely Castle and Gardens, The Cotswold Way, Winchcombe, Steam Train
Guests Transfer to Stanway to begin their walk, much of which is along the famous ‘Cotswold Way’ a 100 mile walk through the Cotswolds. You’ll walk past an Iron Age fort and towards the magnificent ruins at Hailes Abbey. Founded in 1246 it was once the centre of Cistercian monastic life. The walk continues towards the enchanting Sudeley Castle & Gardens, where Queen Catherine Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII, is buried. Guests can walk into for Winchcombe for afternoon tea, before taking the steam train back to their hotel in Broadway for the evening.
Mileage: 6 miles
Day 5Cotswolds Villages, Guiting Power, Windrush River, The Slaughters
After a short transfer to the pretty village of Guiting Power, guests wind their way through stunning lavender fields and tiny villages, stopping for lunch in the pretty village of Naunton, and continuing on into into Upper and Lower Slaughter – these exceptional villages are incredibly popular highlights of our tour, and a step back in time into an England before industrialisation, with numerous bridges and fords crossing the idyllic stream. Guests stay in the Slaughters overnight.
Mileage: 6 miles
Day 6Stow on the Wold, Donnington, Moreton in Marsh
After a short transfer to the historic Stow on the Wold, guests begin their walk North from this remarkable medieval market town which sits on the Fosse Way – a long distance Roman road. Guests can walk on to Donnington and Broadwell, famous for their delicious Donnington Ale and brewery. The route returns to Moreton in Marsh for the end of the tour.
At the end of our Cotswolds self guided walking tour, we will help guests with all ongoing travel arrangements, a direct train into London or to other locations.
Mileage: 7 miles
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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 start of ‘shorter routes’
International Flights and travel to and from the start / end of the 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
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?
Our walking holidays are designed to be completely relaxing and hassle-free and that included getting to the start point! 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. We’ll meet you off the train and set you up for your tour.
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. They 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 breathtaking natural beauty, rolling hills and historic towns and villages, built from the golden Cotswold stone.
How fit and active do I need to be for this walking tour?
You should be comfortable walking 5-7 miles over the course of a day, over gently rolling landscape and with a few inclines. There are plenty of places to stop to take in the view, or a coffee! If you have any concerns please get in touch with one of our team and we can advise you. We also offer Cotswold Villages tours with walks of 10 miles each day.