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Walk the Cotswolds - Sensational Hiking

Cotswolds Walking Tours - Your Way!

Our Cotswolds walking tours allow you to journey on foot, at your own pace. Hike the stunning English countryside, exploring the Cotswolds or along our historic National Trails, including the iconic Cotswold Way. 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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Self-Guided Tours

Cotswold Walking Break

4 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Short Walks

6 Day Self-Guided

Cotswold Villages Walking

6 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway

7 Day Self-Guided

Classic Cotswolds Walking

6 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way

11 Day Self-Guided

Guided

Cotswolds Villages Walking

5 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Walking

5 Day Guided

Walk The Ridgeway

7 Day Guided

Classic Cotswolds Walking

6 Day Guided

Walk the Cotswolds Way

11 Day Guided

Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • 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
    9/25/2021

    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
    9/11/2021

    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
    8/31/2021
  • star rating  I chose the 3 day swimming trip in Devon and it was fabulous! Varied swims in rivers, the sea and an outdoor lido and no pressure to do longer swims... read more

    katesH6367IS
    8/26/2021

    star rating  Great guides who made our trip really enjoyable. There was no pressure to swim beyond your ability and we had time to chill. I really liked the variety of locations... read more

    I3906NEjop
    8/26/2021

    star rating  My short midweek break was a delightful experience throughout with beautiful swimming and excellent organisation. The team were efficient yet relaxed and friendly, helpful and accommodating. The group was possibly... read more

    jodY76RO
    8/25/2021
  • star rating  The variety was great - from coasts to rivers to lidos. However what elevated this to a fantastic few days was our guides. They were professional, fun, and paid such... read more

    Kath S
    8/24/2021

    star rating  Devon Swim Tour. A fantastic experience, wonderful variety of swims. A fun bunch of people to swim with and great itinerary. The whole experience superbly executed by... read more

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    8/24/2021

    star rating  This is our 3rd time traveling with Active England and we wouldn’t travel thru England any other way. They are incredibly thoughtful to work with. They made the stressful planning... read more

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    8/13/2021
  • star rating  The swimming weekend in Devon was a joy from start to finish. Locations, local knowledge, and the expertise and good humour of the guides made it an experience I... read more

    mimmmihe
    8/12/2021

    star rating  I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 day swim trip with fabulous guides and friendly fellow swimmers, amazing locations and varied, highly enjoyable swims in clear waters. The guides were super friendly... read more

    Bea_Sti7
    8/10/2021

    star rating  Fabulous swim locations, expert guidance, congenial company, comfortable hotel - all put together with thorough planning and lots of smiles

    155jennier
    8/09/2021
  • star rating  Brilliant 3 day swimming trip to South Devon. Excellent organisation, value for money and leadership by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun guides. There was a good range of swimming... read more

    lindarW9525KU
    8/09/2021

    star rating  A fantastic weekend of swims led by enthusiastic, experienced and friendly guides. The two leaders and our driver could not have done more to make the weekend a memorable and... read more

    Elaine K
    8/09/2021

    star rating  We took the 4 days swimming tour in Cornwall. It was a great experience with plenty of opportunities to swim in this beautiful part of England. The tour was very... read more

    Mariaswimm
    8/05/2021
  • star rating  We had the most wonderful short break on Dartmoor, swimming and walking, our guides were enthusiastic and very well informed on local knowledge.

    sallypope1954
    7/22/2021

    star rating  We had the most fantastic 4-day Devon swim tour with Active England - everything was perfectly organised making everything so easy for us, the swims were beautiful, varied and... read more

    bronwynf503
    7/21/2021

    star rating  My 6-day cycling trip in Kent was wonderful. This was my 4th trip with Active England (2 in the Cotswolds, 1 in the Cotswolds/Devon/Cornwall - a custom made trip -... read more

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    1/16/2020

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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