Cotswold Pub Walking Tour

At a Glance

A walking tour that gives traditional Cotswold pubs top billing

A twist on our regular tours. Our Pub Classics are designed for those who love the atmosphere of the great British pub and want to stay in one place throughout their trip. 

This 5-day, 4-night guided walking tour makes the most of the wonderful walking on offer in the Cotswolds but gives you plenty of time to eat, drink and stay in some fantastic English pubs. Throughout this Cotswold walking tour, you’ll stay at the Lamb Inn, Shipton Under Wychwood, one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds.

During the day you’ll take in some of the most well-loved places in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Come the evening, the pubs take centre stage. Enjoy local pints, knatter with the locals at the bar and sample simple, yet delicious fare.

  • Sample local food and drink
  • Marvel at the scale and grandeur of Blenheim Palace
  • Drink-in classic Cotswold countryside scenes
  • Visit iconic Cotswold towns and villages

Your Itinerary

Following a transfer from Kingham railway station to your accommodation, The Lamb Inn in Shipton Under Wychwood, we’ll stretch our legs with a first walk to Daylesford Organic – arguably the best farm shop in the Cotswolds. On the way you’ll take in the quiet, meandering River Evenlode and amble through quaint Cotswold villages. We return to The Lamb Inn for our first dinner together.

Up to 6 miles

We begin the day with a transfer from Shipton-Under-Wychwood to the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Our walk begins with a visit to Churchill’s grave in the nearby village of Bladon. From here we enter the gardens of the Palace, taking in the Rose Garden and the formal Italian Gardens which are part of this 2000-acre estate. After lunch, our route continues to the Column of Victory, a memorial to celebrate victory over the French army at the Battle of Blenheim. Tonight’s dinner is at another wonderful local pub. Thirst and hunger quenched we settle down back at The Lamb Inn.

Up to 7 miles – 240ft elevation

On today’s menu, we visit a trio of iconic Cotswold locations. The towns of Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water are must-visits. Wander along streets lined with stone cottages before popping your head into local shops and antique stores. Our walk continues to the quieter but no less picturesque villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter. For tonight’s dinner, we visit another highly-rated, traditional British pub.

Up to 7 miles

After another hearty breakfast, today’s bike ride takes in Bibury, Burford and Bampton. At Bibury we take in bucolic countryside scenery and classic Cotswold architecture as we ride., After a delightful lunch at a trout farm, we’ll head over to Bampton, a must-visit location for fans of the popular television series, Downton Abbey. Finally, we’ll make our way back to Burford for our last dinner together.

Up to 7 miles

Following one last breakfast together we’ll offer you a transfer to Kingham Railway Station for onward travel.


Handpicked Accommodation

3* Option - Bourton-on-the-Water
The Lamb Inn Shipton Under Wychwood

3* Option - Shipton-under-Wychwood

The Lamb Inn
An historic Cotswold pub, reimagined for the 21st-century. With its traditional cosy bar, large garden and restaurant area, The Lamb is a fantastic hub for any active trip. Straightforward, simple pub grub is paired with local beers, spirit selection and curated wine list.

What our guides say...

A thoroughly English experience, done the Active England way. Cracking walks followed by evenings to remember. You’re going to love it!

  • All accommodation as indicated on the itinerary
  • All breakfasts
  • GPS routes, provided via RideWithGPS (app available for Apple or Android)
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

This tour is rated easy-moderate, meaning it’s appropriate for guests who enjoy a good walk and can handle an incline or two. You cover varied terrain, enjoying some rolling hills and a few steeper walks which are slightly more demanding. Daily distances range from 4-8 miles. Rewarding views are guaranteed!

We’ll provide walking poles if required.

For pre and post tour options, please see our London packages.

Pick-up location: Kingham railway station. Our walking holidays are designed to be completely relaxing, with the start of our tours sitting within easy reach of London, Bristol or the Midlands. This tour begins from Moreton-in-Marsh, a direct 1.5-hour train journey out of London, so that you can begin your holiday stress-free.

End-of-tour location: Kingham railway station.

Where are the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) stretches from Bath in the South to Stratford Upon Avon in the North, and across to Oxford in the East. An iconic pocket of England with breath-taking natural beauty, rolling hills and historic towns and villages, built from the golden Cotswold stone.

What is the best way to get out of London into the Cotswolds?
The best way into the Cotswolds from London and most major cities is by a direct train from Paddington into Oxford, Moreton-in-Marsh or Bath Spa. Our trips begin from mainline stations so you can arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to start your tour. If you prefer to drive, please confirm with our team the best place to park for each tour.

How hilly are the Cotswolds?
The Cotswolds are a range of hills, with its name stemming from ‘Cote’ meaning sheep enclosure and ‘wold’ meaning hills. There are therefore lots of hills and incredible views from the top! However, you will able to miss out some of the steeper inclines – or add in some hillier walk for those looking to stretch their legs. There are routes for everyone and with our routes your guide will tailor your tour to your preferences.

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Our private tours offer complete freedom to customize your trip. Base your tour on one of our scheduled departures, or tailor a bespoke experience to match your every expectation. We love combining our knowledge of England with our expertise in planning and delivering the best adventure trips.

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