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, such as Oxford or Stratford where you will be able to literally walk directly into the city.
The tour starts at London Paddington railway station where we pick-up all guests from the Paddington Bear statue on Platform 1. We then jump on the bus and travel the one hour to Windsor stepping inside the world of Kings and Queens to take in everything Windsor has to offer. Packed with regal history at every turn; home to the Queen, the site of Henry VIII’s grave and monarchs since 1066, Windsor is a “must see”. We start this beautiful walk in the middle of Windsor Great Park, walking directly into the castle itself.
Mileage: 4-6 miles
A beautiful walk in the North Cotswolds, through Chipping Campden and the amazing, American inspired, Hidcote Gardens. We then take the support vehicle to the outskirts of Stratford where we will walk into the town via the river Avon. In Stratford, you’ll get a chance to learn about the life of the great playwright William Shakespeare. (There is also an opportunity to watch a play performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, with advance booking).
Mileage: 4-8 miles
Experience the beauty of the Cotswolds, its chocolate box villages are dotted amongst a patchwork quilt of fields and woods. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty makes for the perfect relaxed day walking. We will walk to the magnificent Broadway Tower, the Slaughters, and Bourton-on-the-Water. The day ends in the pretty town of Moreton in the Marsh. Many take the opportunity for a shorter walk and the afternoon off, relaxing at the hotel.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
Blenheim Palace, a World heritage site, is arguably England’s greatest Palace. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim has an illustrious history, stunning architecture and beautiful Capability Brown landscape. Our beautiful walk takes us through the stunning 2000 acre estate on a three or seven mile route. The day ends at the stunning Lamb Inn in Burford.
Mileage: 3-7 miles
We head to Bampton, where all the outdoor shots of Downton Abbey are filmed, before getting on the support vehicle to Oxford. Walking into Oxford via the River Thames and Port Meadow is the perfect introduction to the city. We tour around the City of Oxford, where you’ll get a chance to visit the colleges and learn about its rich history. With options from four miles through to seven miles and potentially the morning off should you choose!
Mileage: 4-7 miles
We start the day with a walk up the stunning White Horse Hill to see the Neolithic Ridgeway and the long barrow at Wayland Smithy. Jumping in the support vehicle we head to Avebury (Stonehenge but bigger) and then onto the World Heritage site and eternal mystery that is Stonehenge! There is also the opportunity to visit the home of Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) – home to the Carnarvon family and of course the Crawleys (July-September).
Mileage: 3-10 miles
Bath is a stunning walk down an old Roman road, right into the centre of this beautiful city. The Roman Baths, Jane Austen, the Georgian architecture including The Royal Crescent are unmissable. The majority opt to miss the large hill out of the city in the afternoon and travel back to the hotel in the support vehicle.
Mileage: 4-10 miles
After a later start and a 3-4 mile walk through the South Cotswolds. We then jump in the support vehicle and transfer guests to the nearest mainline railway station to enable quick and easy on-going travel (only 1 hour to London). Our aim is to have guests back to Oxford by 5pm.
Mileage: 4 miles
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked pubs. This tour includes 5 dinners.
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.