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What to Expect from our Iconic Cotswolds Walking Holiday
This tour will lead you through the stunning Cotswold countryside, walking right up to the front steps of the spectacular and historic English locations we go to, through fields and over rolling hills to stay in honey coloured Cotswold villages and bustling market towns. The Cotswold hills are perfect walking country, taking winding lanes and national footpaths, you will feel transported back into England as it was before mechanisation, where sheep and dry-stone walling were the biggest industries.
Join our small groups and return to nature by hiking through the Cotswolds. Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the history and heritage of England as you walk through the stunning Cotswolds countryside, led by our outstanding local guides – we know every turn in the track, every café stop, panoramic view, and of course the best pubs in England!
English Countryside and Walking Holidays Near London
Our walking holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. We pick up guests from Moreton-in-Marsh, a direct 90 minute journey from London Paddington and take you straight into the countryside, away from the crowds and into the stunning Cotswolds for a walking tour to remember. Walk as much or as little as you like each day, our guides can tailor your tour to your preferences, with shorter or longer routes available daily.
Cotswolds Autumn Guided Walking Itinerary
Day 1Moreton in Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower and Hidcote Gardens
We collect you from Moreton in Marsh train station, a 90 minute direct journey from London Paddington, and take you straight out into the Cotswolds to begin walking. In the morning we walk from golden-stoned Chipping Campden through the fields to the stunning gardens at Hidcote, renowned for its series of ‘outdoor rooms’. We visit Broadway Tower overlooking the northernmost extreme of the Cotswolds, and, on a clear day, with views all the way to Wales, before walking into Broadway town itself, one of the prettiest villages the Cotswolds has to offer.
Mileage: 5-8 miles
Day 2Blenheim Palace and its 2000 acre estate - the Birthplace of Winston Churchill
We head out from the hotel through the beautiful Cotswolds to start our walk in Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born and a World Heritage Site. With 3000 acres of Capability parkland to explore, todays walk is a stunning wander around lakes, serpentine streams, woodland and into the Palace itself for a tour in the afternoon. In the early evening we return to Burford and your hotel in this pretty market town.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
Day 3Barnsley, Bibury and Arlington Row, Swinbrook
We transfer the short journey to the village of Barnsley to walk across fields, along rivers, through woodlands and into Bibury, famous for its row of weavers’ cottages, Arlington Row, pictured inside the cover of British passports. It’s easy to see why William Morris called Bibury ‘The most beautiful village in England’ – with its wonderful stone buildings strung out along the banks of the River Coln. We travel back to Burford in the afternoon, stopping in Swinbrook, to walk from the famous Mitford Sisters’ childhood home, along the River Windrush and to your hotel.
Mileage: 5-7 miles
Day 4The Thames River into Oxford
We travel to Eynsham on the outskirts of Oxford and walk along the Thames, through the locks, into Port Meadow and past Godstow Abbey into the centre of town. This beautiful route is the best way into Oxford, along the winding river banks, past the wild ponies and the Oxford rowing huts. From here we’ll drop you off at Oxford station where our guides will help you with any ongoing travel arrangements.
Mileage: 5-7 miles
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Choose Between Country Accommodation or Prestige Accommodation (additional fee)
End of Tour Location
3 Night’s Accommodation
All Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Blenheim Palace, Broadway Tower, Hidcote Gardens
Local Professional Guide
International Flights and travel to and from the start/end of the tour
Items of a personal nature
Lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
How active is this Cotswolds walking tour? How fit do I need to be for a walking holiday?
This tour is rated 2/5 for difficulty meaning it’s appropriate for guests going for a good walk and can handle an incline or two. The terrain we cover is varied. We’ll enjoy some rolling hills, and a few steeper walks which will be a bit more demanding. Your holiday, however, will be tailored by your guide to suit your individual preferences and rewarding views are guaranteed! Daily distances range from 4-10 miles.
How do I get to the Cotswolds from near London?
There is a direct 90 minute train from London Paddington to Moreton in Marsh. From here we’ll pick you up and take you straight out into the Cotswolds ourselves to ensure your journey is hassle free! If you would like to start this tour from somewhere other than Moreton in Marsh please get in touch!
What are the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A limestone escarpment of rolling green hills and picturesque valleys in the south west of England. It is a quintessentially British area with historical landmarks and pockets of singular beauty throughout.
On this trip, will I see more than just the Cotswolds?
Yes! As well as incredible walking and hiking, this tour takes in some incredible iconic locations including Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Churchill, Broadway Tower, William Morris’ home, the eccentric Hidcote Gardens, and Swinbrook, home to the Mitford Sisters.