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 where we step inside the world of King and Queens and 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”. The walk starts in the middle of Windsor Great Park and covers three miles directly into the castle itself.
Mileage: 3-6 miles
A beautiful walk in the North Cotswolds, through Chipping Campden and the amazing, American inspired, Hidcote Gardens for four miles. We then take the support vehicle to the outskirts of Stratford where you can walk directly 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 advanced 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 with three and eight-mile options. You will walk to Broadway Tower, Snowshill, the Slaughters, Bourton on the Water and the day ends at Moreton in the Marsh. Many take the opportunity for a shorter walk and the afternoon off, relaxing at the hotel.
Mileage: 3-8 miles
Blenheim Palace, the World heritage site, is arguably England’s greatest Palace. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim has an illustrious history, stunning architecture and beautiful gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown. Our route travels through the stunning 2000 acres of the Blenheim estate for either a three mile or seven-mile route. The day ends at the stunning Lamb Inn in Burford.
Mileage: 3-7 miles
Through the flatter part of the Cotswolds, and via Bampton, where all the outdoor shots of Downton Abbey are filmed, with a quick walk around the village before getting on the support vehicle to Oxford. The walk takes you right into Oxford via the River Thames and Port Meadow. With options from four miles through to seven miles and potentially the morning off should you choose!
Mileage: 4-7 miles
Walk up the stunning White Horse Hill, see the Neolithic Ridgeway and long barrow at Wayland Smithy before jumping in the support vehicle and on to Avebury (Stonehenge but bigger) and then onto the World Heritage site and eternal mystery that is Stonehenge for Neolithic day! Our self-guide guests will join our guided tour for the afternoon of day 6.
Mileage: 4-10 miles
Bath is a stunning walk down an old Roman road, right into the centre of this beautiful city. The Roman Baths, Jane Austen, and 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. A morning walk of either 4 miles, or 8-10 miles over the whole day.
Mileage: 4-10 miles
There is a beautiful 3-4 mile walk through the South Cotswolds in the morning. 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 5/6 pm.
Mileage: 4 miles
Guests on this self guided walking tour stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds, 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.
On our Cotswold walking tour you can walk as much or as little as you like; 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.