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Walk The Cotswolds

Walking Holidays in the Cotswolds!

Our guided Cotswolds walking tours allow you to escape on foot at your own pace. Hike through the stunning Cotswolds or walk the Cotswold Way, all within a short distance from London. Rest your weary legs in our cosy pubs and hand picked hotels every evening.

Rediscover the magic of the UK countryside by joining a group of like minded walkers, on your own, as a couple or with friends, and walk to reconnect with nature. Enjoy walking through tranquil and picturesque countryside as you regain your stride and explore the lush green landscapes and golden stone towns. From classic Cotswold villages like Chipping Campden, to Avebury stone circle and the dreamy Snowshill lavender fields, there’s always more to explore! 

Self-Guided or Private Walking Tours

We take all the hassle out of your walking tour by including all luggage transfers, organising and booking all accommodation, providing maps, GPS instructions, and recommending incredible iconic palaces, castles, estates, ancient sites and more to visit along the way.

Walk through the countryside along canals, rivers and meadows into our incredible towns and cities. Follow our self-guided walk into Bath, the beautiful Regency spa town, or tour around Oxford’s famous buildings, colleges, cathedral and dreaming spires.

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Guided Tours

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    July 31, 2022

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    July 6, 2022

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    June 1, 2022

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    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

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    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

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    August 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

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    August 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

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    August 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

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    August 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

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    August 24, 2021
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UK Walking Holidays - Nature Near London

Our walking holidays are relaxing and hassle free. Travel from London, Bristol or the Midlands it’s an easy journey to the start of our Cotswold walking tours. We begin our walking tours from the likes of Oxford, Bath and Moreton in Marsh, a direct train ride out of London. You can begin your holiday stress-free, and explore the Cotswolds without a car. 

Fancy some coastal walking? Head to Cornwall to explore the rugged cliffs and dramatic landscapes of the South West Coast Path. Prefer mountains? We have some fantastic walking holidays in the Lake District – perfect for those looking to reconnect with nature and relish the mountainous views around every corner. 

Long Distance Walking Trips - 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, including, our Cotswolds Way Tour are the perfect way to discover England at its finest. Travel on your own or in a group along these beautiful trails, led by one of our superb outdoor guides. 

Top things you need to know before visiting the Cotswolds

Where are the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) stretches from Bath in the South to Stratford Upon Avon in the North, and across to Oxford in the East. An iconic pocket of England with breath-taking natural beauty, rolling hills and 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 be able to miss out some of the steeper inclines – or add in some hillier walks for those looking to challenge themselves. There are routes for everyone and your guide will tailor your tour accordingly. 

What is the best way to get to the Cotswolds?

The best way into the Cotswolds from London and most major cities is by a direct train from Paddington into Oxford, Moreton-in-Marsh or Bath Spa. Our self-guided trips begin from mainline stations so you can arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to start your tour. If you prefer to drive, please confirm with our team the best place to park for each 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, 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 Central England, stretching down from Wiltshire, through the Chilterns AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the North Wessex Downs AONB. You can walk the trail in either direction, though on our tours we start at the Ivinghoe Beacon, finishing at Avebury stone circle.

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