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Cotswolds Walking Tours

Our Cotswolds walking tours allow you to journey on foot, at your own pace. Hike the stunning English countryside, exploring the beautiful Cotswolds Villages. Or journey in and around Oxford, Stonehenge and the ancient city of Bath.

Enjoy the freedom of walking in England, from the Lavender Fields of Snowshill, the gardens of Hidcote and the honey coloured stone villages like Chipping Campden, and rest your legs in the best British Pubs and hand picked hotels every evening.

With guided and self guided tours, you can choose to join a group of like minded walkers, explore on your own, as a couple or with a group of friends and enjoy the delights of England’s stunning heritage and landscape. 

Private, Guided or Self-Guided Walking Tours

Guided tours grant an in depth experience of the Cotswolds. Our engaging local guides – the heartbeat of our tours – take care of everything, while sharing the secrets of the iconic palaces, castles, villages and ancient sites we see. With highlights including following our walk into Bath along the canal, or touring around Oxford’s famous buildings, colleges, cathedral and dreaming spires – there’s something interesting and unique around every corner. 

Our self-guided walking tours take all the hassle out of walking by including all luggage transfers, booking all accommodation, providing maps, GPS instructions, and recommending incredible places to visit, and of course the best cafes and pubs along the way.

If you are looking for a private tour, we offer bespoke planning for you and your group to create the perfect trip.

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Guided

Walk the Cotswolds, Oxford, Stonehenge and Bath – Guided

This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as visiting some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites.
From£1,999
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Walk the Cotswolds – Guided

Our 6-day, 5-night tour will lead you through honey coloured Cotswold villages and busy little market towns, on quiet paths, up and down rolling hills and down country lanes.
From£1,799
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Self-Guided Tours

Walk the Cotswolds – Self Guided

Return to nature hiking through the Cotswolds, enjoying the freedoms of walking in at your own pace, in your own time.
From£879
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Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  Can't say enough about Jago and the team. Walks were stupendous, inns were stunning, and the pub/restaurant recommendations were spot on. Transportation always punctual. Jago even gave us a bonus... read more

    ronmU411MJ
    October 1, 2022

    star rating  What a fabulous few days! Our guides, Tatty and Chris looked after us incredibly well. We didn't have to look at a map/check tide times/book restaurants/drive. Great... read more

    louiseabbott
    August 30, 2022

    star rating  So many different secret and semi-secret swimming places that I could never have found on my own - and even if I had found them, I wouldn't have wanted... read more

    EveSwimmer
    August 29, 2022
  • star rating  Chris and Jago were flexible, fun and incredibly helpful during our three-week bike journey in England. Chris was amazing at 'making changes on the go,' including showing us and delighting... read more

    364elizabethk
    August 29, 2022

    star rating  My son (30) and I (69) has a splendid self guided trip arranged by Active England. The bikes were first rate, the routes were gorgeous and mostly empty of cars,... read more

    T233SDsusand
    August 21, 2022

    star rating  I really enjoyed my self-guided cycle tour of the Cotswolds with Active England Tours. Iago was a very knowledgeable guide who was very kind and accommodating. I am so grateful... read more

    Curiosity58496342239
    August 19, 2022
  • star rating  Our arrival was a bit bumpy due to the train strikes. This incredible company immediately responded and were very diligent to get to us. Jago our Host for the tour... read more

    21suzie212020
    August 19, 2022

    star rating  Imagine tree-lined paths, peaceful moments with sky everywhere, and closing the day in a cosy pub- it was everything we imagined it would be! We did a six day... read more

    DarcyTrips
    July 31, 2022

    star rating  My son and I just completed a three week LeJog tour through Active England, and were impressed with all the guides' professionalism and caring attitudes. They also made it... read more

    Y9371OEmarkl
    July 6, 2022
  • star rating  We are a Bliss of four wild women who love wild swimming and have just completed an amazing weekend of open water swimming with our wonderful guides Tatty and Laura.... read more

    katyvdv
    June 26, 2022

    star rating  The LeJog tour with Active England was a bike tour of a lifetime. 19 days of riding averaging 60 miles per day. The guides were outstanding... read more

    jpeyemd
    June 21, 2022

    star rating  I have done two bespoke bicycle trips organized by Active England, the latest a LEJOG over three weeks. Excellent guides — knowledgeable, industrious, attentive and delightful company — throughout the... read more

    323fredericky
    June 21, 2022
  • star rating  We had a group of 6 of us and Active England set us up on an amazing tour. We rode through the beautiful Cotswolds, visited Stonehenge and ended at... read more

    pollieg1
    June 2, 2022

    star rating  Our group of 8 women did the Cycle Cotswolds Tour and it was amazing. Our guides Chris and Jess were the best guides you could ask for, they were professional,... read more

    BuffBikerBabes
    June 1, 2022

    star rating  Not an honest organization. Out of consideration for them I left my deposit with them during the pandemic instead of requesting its return. In the meantime they changed the policy... read more

    Paradise786027
    March 30, 2022
  • star rating  Fabulous, fun packed weekend with experienced guides. We swam in beautiful locations and were fed well and thoroughly looked after. Swimming ability was not an issue as there were always... read more

    Jo M
    September 25, 2021

    star rating  We had a fantastic 3 day weekend in South Devon. The guides were very friendly, helpful and informative. They took us to lots of unique and different locations and we... read more

    EBlow
    September 11, 2021

    star rating  Amazing trip. Super well organized and fantastic guides and driver. So much fun. The sites were good, swimming was not too difficult, the water was chilly so definitely recommend... read more

    adelefrancesca
    August 31, 2021

English Walking Holidays Near London

Our walking holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. With the majority of our walking tours to the Cotswolds starting from from London, it’s easy to join us on one of our adventures, as we whisk you out of the capital into the rural idyll of Cotswold life. 

We also offer fall walking tours, sharing with you the Cotswolds in their vibrant Autumn attire this October and November. 

Long Distance Walking Tours - National Trails

Step back in time on one of our idyllic walks through the heart of the English countryside, along routes used since prehistoric times, winding through villages, tracing ridgeways, down holloways, into woodlands, valleys, and with panoramic views around every corner. These linear journeys are the perfect way to discover England at its finest, joining our groups and led by one of our outstanding guides, or travelling on your own or in your own group along these beautiful trails.

Top things you need to know before visiting the Cotswolds

Where are the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds stretch from Bath in the South to Stratford Upon Avon in the North, and across to Oxford in the East. It is known for its breath-taking natural beauty, its rolling hills and its historic towns and villages, built from the golden Cotswold stone.

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.

What is the best way to get out of London into the Countryside?

On many of our guided trips we will pick you up from London ourselves to make your journey hassle-free! On other tours the best way out of London and into the Cotswolds is by train, from London Paddington, directly into Oxford, Moreton-in-Marsh or Bath. Our trips begin from these locations so you can arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to start your tour. 

Can I do a walking tour as a solo traveller?

All our trips are open for single travellers to join. You will have a great time on our walking tours whether travelling on your own, as a couple, family or group, meeting like-minded people on our guided trips, or choosing your own adventure on our self-guided tours. “As a single female, I would not hesitate to go on another Active England trip as a solo traveller”. S.G.

Where is The Ridgeway?

The Ridgeway is in Southern  England, starting in Hertfordshire, stretching down following the Chilterns AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the North Wessex Downs AONB in Wiltshire. You can walk the trail in either direction, though on our tours we start at the Ivinghoe Beacon, finishing at Avebury. It is a prehistoric trackway tracing the chalk escarpment across the countryside. 

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