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What to Expect from our Iconic Cotswolds Walking Holiday
This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as visiting some incredible iconic landmarks, walking right up to the front steps of spectacular and historic English locations, including the Royal Palace of Windsor Castle and World Heritage Sites of Churchill’s Blenheim Palace and Stonehenge. Tour the famous university town of Oxford and the Roman Baths and Georgian elegance of Bath – the whole city is a World Heritage Site.
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 London and take you straight into the countryside away from the crowds, via Windsor Castle and Great Park, 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.
Classic Cotswolds Guided Walking Itinerary
Day 1The Royal Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park
We collect you at 8.30 from London at Paddington Station, Platform 1, under the clock and take you by bus Windsor, a one hour drive. We visit Windsor Castle, home to the Queen, and walk through Windsor Great Park, past the Guards Polo Club and down the ‘Long Walk’ avenue right up to Windsor Castle itself. Taking our support vehicle to your hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh in the North Cotswolds means a nice, gentle start to your holiday with gentle 4-6 mile walking options.
Mileage: 4-6 miles
Day 2Golden Stoned Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, The Eccentric Hidcote Gardens
A day dedicated to the Cotswolds. In the morning we walk from 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 from where you can see 16 counties, before walking into Broadway town itself, one of the prettiest villages the Cotswolds has to offer.
Mileage: 5-8 miles
Day 3Blenheim Palace and its 2000 acre estate – 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 2000 acres of Capability Brown parkland to explore, today’s walk is a stunning wander around lakes, serpentine streams, woodland and into the Palace itself for a tour in the afternoon. We travel into Oxford in the evening for a walk through the historical university town and a dinner out in the city. Our hotel for the evening is in the wonderful Cotswold town of Burford.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
Day 4White Horse Hill, Avebury and Stonehenge – Neolithic Day!
We travel from Burford to the stunning White Horse Hill to see the beautiful 3000 year old carving atop the Ridgeway. We walk to an ancient long barrow – the burial mound Wayland Smithy – and around to a Bronze Age Fort with views stretching across the Thames valley. We travel on to Avebury, with an entire village inside a massive ring of stones, and onto Stonehenge to complete our Neolithic Day. There is the option to finish at lunchtime and head straight to our hotel for a relaxing afternoon in Bath, where we will be staying that night.
Mileage: 4-8 miles
Day 5Bath Skyline Walk, Optional Roman Baths, Bath City
In the morning we walk along the canals of Bath, down towpaths and beside the rivers that lead the wonderful Bath Skyline Walk, with panoramic views of the city. In the afternoon we visit the incredible Roman Baths and take a tour up to the Royal Crescent overlooking the city. We stay overnight once more in Bath, known for its restaurants, bars, culture and arts!
Mileage: 5-7 miles
Day 6Farewells and Ongoing Travel
After a leisurely breakfast we help all guests with their ongoing travel arrangements. Regular direct trains depart from Bath Spa station into London and other mainline stations.
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London Paddington Station, Platform 1, Under the Clock
Choose Between Country Accommodation or Prestige Accommodation (additional fee)
End of Tour Location
5 Night’s Accommodation
All Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Entry into all iconic points of interest, including Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Roman Baths, Oxford Colleges
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?
We will pick you up from London and take you out to the Cotswolds ourselves to ensure your journey is hassle free! If you would like to start this tour from somewhere other than London 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! This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites, that you would not get on a ‘normal’ walking trip! The Cotswolds stretches from Bath in the South to Stratford Upon Avon in the North, and across to Oxford in the East. It is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, its rolling hills and its historic towns and villages, built from the golden Cotswold stone.