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Walk The Cotswolds - Strolling or Striving

Walk The Cotswolds - Your Way!

Our Cotswolds walking tours allow you to escape on foot, at your own pace, in your own time. Hike through the stunning Cotswolds or along our National Trails including the Cotswold Way and the Ridgeway, all within striking distance of London. Rest your weary legs in our amazing pubs and hand picked hotels every evening. Rediscover the English countryside by joining a group of like minded walkers, on your own, as a couple or bringing a group of friends to walk with you and reconnect with nature.

Private, Guided or Self-Guided Walking Tours

We take all the hassle out of walking 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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Classic Cotswolds Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as visiting some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites you could not fit in to a ‘normal’ self-guided walking trip.
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Cotswold Towns & Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Return to nature hiking through the Cotswolds, enjoying the freedoms of walking in at your own pace, in your own time.
From£699
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Cotswolds Short Walks – 6 Day Self-Guided

With shorter walks each day, return to nature hiking through the Cotswolds, enjoying the freedoms of walking in at your own pace, in your own time.
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Cotswolds Way Walking – 11 Day Self-Guided

Return to Nature and the English Countryside on an 11-day, 10-night tour tracing the full length of the rolling Cotswold hills.
From£1,149
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Ridgeway Walking – 7 Day Self-Guided

Return to nature on this 7 day long distance walk following the Ridgeway National Trail, Britain’s oldest road; a route used for at least 5,000 years, since prehistoric times, by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.
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English Walking Holidays Near London

Our walking holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. Travel from London, Bristol or the Midlands it’s an easy hour journey to the start of our walking Cotswold walking tours and around 3 or 4 hours into Devon and Cornwall. We begin our walking tours from locations like Oxford, The Cotswolds or Padstow, all a direct ride out of London, so that you can begin your holiday stress-free.

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 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 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 breath-taking natural beauty, its rolling hills and its historic towns and villages, built from the golden Cotswold stone.

How hilly is the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds is a hill range, 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?

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

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 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 Stonehenge.

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Cotswolds Towns & Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Towns & Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Devon & Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Guided

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Devon & Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Guided

New Forest & Dorset Cycling – 6 Day Guided

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New Forest & Dorset Cycling – 6 Day Guided

Kent Cycling – 6 Day Guided

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Kent Cycling – 6 Day Guided

Classic Cotswolds Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Classic Cotswolds Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Towns & Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Towns & Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

Conquer the Cotswolds – Self-Guided Cycling Weekend

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Conquer the Cotswolds – Self-Guided Cycling Weekend

Classic Cotswolds Walking – 6 Day Guided

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Classic Cotswolds Walking – 6 Day Guided

Cotswolds Towns & Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Towns & Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

Devon & Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

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Devon & Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

New Forest & Dorset Walking – 6 Day Guided

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New Forest & Dorset Walking – 6 Day Guided

Kent Walking – 6 Day Guided

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Kent Walking – 6 Day Guided

Cotswolds Way Walking – 11 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Way Walking – 11 Day Guided

Ridgeway Walking – 7 Day Guided

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Ridgeway Walking – 7 Day Guided

Classic Cotswolds Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Classic Cotswolds Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cotswold Towns & Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswold Towns & Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Short Walks – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Short Walks – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Way Walking – 11 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Way Walking – 11 Day Self-Guided

Ridgeway Walking – 7 Day Self-Guided

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Ridgeway Walking – 7 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Multi Activity Adventure Long Weekend

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Cotswolds Multi Activity Adventure Long Weekend

Cotswolds Multi Activity – 4 Day Adventure Holiday

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Cotswolds Multi Activity – 4 Day Adventure Holiday

Cotswolds Multi Activity – 6 Day Adventure Holiday

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Cotswolds Multi Activity – 6 Day Adventure Holiday

Cornwall Multi Activity – 6 Day Adventure Holiday

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Cornwall Multi Activity – 6 Day Adventure Holiday

Cornwall Multi Activity – Adventure 4 Day Weekend

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Cornwall Multi Activity – Adventure 4 Day Weekend

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Make This Tour Your Own

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Make This Tour Your Own

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