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Walk The Cotswolds

Walking Holidays in the Cotswolds - and The Cotswold Way!

Our self guided Cotswolds walking tours allow you to escape on foot at your own pace. Hike through the stunning Cotswolds or walk the Cotswold Way or the Ridgeway National Trails, all within striking distance of London. Rest your weary legs in our amazing pubs and hand picked hotels every evening.

Rediscover 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 tranquile 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 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.

Your Cotswolds Walking Holiday Starts Right Here

Self-Guided Tours

chipping campden golden stoned village

Cotswold Villages Walking Long Weekend

3 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays

Cotswold Mid-Week Walking Break

4 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays

Cotswold Villages Walking

6 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Cotswolds Short Walks

6 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
Walking the Ridgeway

Walk The Ridgeway

7 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Walk The Cotswolds Way

11 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Guided Tours

Laurie Lee South Cotswolds

Cotswolds Walking Long Weekend

3 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Fridays

Cotswolds Mid-Week Walking Break

4 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays

Cotswolds Villages Walking

5 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Mondays

Walk the Ridgeway

7 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham walking the Cotswolds Way

Walk the Cotswolds Way

11 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • 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

    rhondagreenberg
    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

    LH1957
    1/16/2020

    star rating  My sister and I booked the Classic 8 day self-guided walking tour in mid-September of 2019. We both declared it one of the best trips either of us had... read more

    Becca H
    10/09/2019

UK Walking Holidays - Nature 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. We begin our walking tours from places like 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 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 Ridgeway National Trail Walking Tour and our Cotswolds Way Tour 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 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. They are known for they 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 able to miss out some of the steeper inclines – or add in some hillier walks for those looking to stretch their legs. There are routes for everyone and your guide will tailor your tour to your preferences.

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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