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Bourton-on-the-Water on the Cotswold Trail
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Highlights

  • Enjoying a circular walk through the beautiful English countryside
  • Wandering through picturesque villages, gardens and ancient sites
  • Absorbing the atmosphere at the local markets in the towns you pass through
  • Staying in handpicked accommodation that offers a warm welcome
  • Revelling in the views from Broadway Tower over the surrounding countryside

Walk between the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds and discover why the Cotswolds are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The trail meanders through the beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside visiting honey coloured villages, historic houses, immaculate gardens and ancient sites.

Your walk begins in Moreton-in-Marsh, a bustling market town with excellent rail links to London. Heading south through the classic countryside you pass through a series of impossibly beautiful villages before you reach Bourton-on-the-Water, a Cotswold gem. The route then turns west to Winchcombe before looping back to Moreton-in-Marsh via Stanton, Broadway and Chipping Campden.

Iconic Cotswold cottages and villages, lush green countryside, historic houses, welcoming country pubs and inviting shops make the Cotswolds a walkers paradise and you are sure to fall in love with this magical corner of England.

We offer three different itineraries on the Cotswold Village Trail to suit your requirements. All cover the same 50 miles of walking but the lengthier itineraries give you a bit more time to relax and take in the sights.The trail is broken up into the following sections.



Arrive Moreton-in-Marsh

Moreton-in-Marsh is a one hour thirty five minute train journey from London Paddington.


One of the principle market towns in the Northern Cotswolds it has served as a travellers town for at least 1700 years.
The wide main street is lined by inns, shops and galleries and hosts a weekly Tuesday market.


Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water


As you start your walking tour of the Cotswolds you can look forward to the most delightful day of walking. Hopping between some of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds you soon reach Stow-on-the-Wold, an important market town, whose streets are lined by art galleries, gift shops and inns.


Don’t linger for too long as a few more miles through the rolling Cotswold countryside bring you to Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the prettiest village's in Britain and an absolute delight.


Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe

Following the River Windrush out of the Bourton-on-the-Water you are quickly immersed in the Cotswold countryside. Naunton is the first of several delightful Cotswold villages you visit.


The day is punctuated by wide open views, quiet woodlands and secluded valleys.
The highlight comes towards the end of the day as you cross the Cotswold escarpment and look down to Sudeley Castle and Winchcombe in the valley beyond.


Winchcombe to Broadway

Following the Cotswold Way you head north to the idyllic villages of Stanton and Broadway. On the way you can visit Hailes Abbey and Stanway House, some of the Cotswolds’ real gems.


Broadway has lured visitors for centuries and a stroll down the broad tree lined High street is the perfect way to while away the evening.


Broadway to Chipping Campden


Your day starts with a steady climb to Broadway Tower, a unique Capability Brown folly tower. Located at the second highest point on the Cotswold Escarpment it offers one of the finest views in England.


After enjoying the views from the tower enjoy a gentle stroll down to the honey coloured cottages, tea rooms and gift shops of Chipping Campden.


Chipping-Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh


A final delightful day of walking through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds wanders through Broad Campden, Blockley and then to Moreton-in-Marsh where your journey began.

Accommodation

We use handpicked, high quality B&B’s, guesthouses and country inns of typical Cotswold character. Honey coloured cottages, roaring log fires, comfortable country bedrooms and the warmest of welcomes are what we look for to make your stay extra special. We have included a few examples below to give you a better idea of what to expect.


Solo Walkers

This walking tour is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs their is a solo walker supplement payable.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.


Meals

A delicious breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your hotel or at nearby pubs and restaurants.

 

 




Cornerways - Chipping Campden

Cornerways is a family run bed and breakfast excellently situated just 2 minutes walk away from the centre of Chipping Campden's famous High Street.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Shenberrow Hill - Stanton

Shenberrow is an attractive country house which offers luxury accommodation in the lovely little village of Stanton.


 

 

 


 

 

 




White Hart Inn - Winchcombe

The White Hart Inn is a 16th Century coaching inn offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Winchcombe. Delicious evening meals are available at the 'Wine and Sausage' restaurant at the Inn.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Broadlands - Bourton-on-the-Water

Broadlands Guest House, with an English Tourist Council four diamond rating, is situated in a quiet street, a few minutes level walk from the beautiful village centre and its many attractions.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Cowley House - Broadway

Cowley House bed and breakfast is in a quiet location in the heart of one of the most beautiful of English villages and less than 50 yards from the many galleries, antique shops and restaurants in the High Street.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Treetops - Moreton-in-Marsh

A warm welcomes is assured from Liz and Brian Dean at the Treetops Guest House situated in the small and friendly Cotswold town of Moreton-in-Marsh.


 

 

 

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This walking tour is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs their is a solo walker supplement payable. If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.


Navigation

Most of the route is marked by a variety of waymarks but you need to be able to able to read a map and follow route descriptions closely.


Grade

This trip is graded between easy to moderate and moderate depending on which itinerary you choose. The trail follows well maintained footpaths, bridleways, open fields and some minor roads. It does involve some relatively steep ascent and descent from the escarpment and days of up to 12 miles walking. The longer days can be shortened by taking local buses or taxis.


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.  Please ensure that you do not bring more than one bag of 20kg, as if this occurs, the luggage transfer company will ask you to pay an additional fee (approx. £5.00 per day, per bag). This additional payment, should it be necessary, needs to be made locally to the driver and in cash.


It is also very important that your bag is clearly labelled (and any additional bags). If they are not labelled we cannot guarantee that they will reach you at the next accommodation.


If you are travelling from far afield and do have more than one bag it is possible to arrange for the extra luggage to be stored whilst you are on the tour for a fee of £25 per bag. These additional bags would be picked up from your accommodation at the start point of your tour and dropped off wherever you finish depending on the itinerary you are doing. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the tour itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.


General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to/from Moreton-in-Marsh

Rail: Regular services connect London Paddington and Moreton-in-Marsh (1h35) .


Road: On street parking is available in Moreton-in-Marsh, there is no secure parking. Driving directions from the M40 Southbound: Leave the M40 at junction 15 (signposted to Warwick, Stratford, Coventry A46) and join the A429 southbound towards Cirencester.
Continue on A429 for approx. 22 miles into Moreton-in-Marsh.


Please visit the Traveline Website or National Rail Enquiries for further information on public transport, journey planning and timetables.

Included

  • Hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and country inn's
  • All breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer of one bag per person.
  • A detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement
  • Solo walker supplement

We are often asked the following questions hope that you will find the following information useful.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

How fit do I need to be?

The fitter you are the more you will enjoy your trip. The longer days can be shortened by using taxis or public transport if you would prefer shorter days.

If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Cotswolds are extremely popular. If booking at short notice we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. 

When is the best time of year?

We offer this trip between April and October. In our opinion there is no bad time for walking in the Cotswolds but would especially recommend the spring and autumn. 

What is the best way to get to/from the walk?

We recommend you travel by train to Moreton-in-Marsh, which is 1h30 from London Paddington. If you are driving we recommend leaving your car in Moreton-in-Marsh where on street parking is available.

How do baggage transfers work?

A daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use local bus services or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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macs adventureThe Cotswold Trail
 
4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

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Pros

  • Well organised (25)
  • Fun (21)
  • Great accommodations (18)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Holiday (22)
  • Trying something new (19)
  • Relaxation (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Occasional traveller (14), World traveller (5), Avid adventurer (3)

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4.0

Thoroughly enjoyed it

By Geoff A

from Chicago USA

About Me Active retired adult

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Experienced a bit of English country life
  • Fun
  • Great farm fresh meals
  • Immersion in the true English countryside
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the experience
  • Visited real picture-postcard pretty villages

Cons

  • Bring a compass
  • Directions were a bit hard to follow at times
  • Got lost several times but quickly recovered
  • My GPS didn't agree with the guidebook at times
  • One pub was very noisy, needed earplugs to sleep

Best Uses

  • Active adventure
  • Challenging but manageable activity
  • For those who enjoy no-sedentary activities

Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

Olive Branch ranked highest, Volunteer Inn lowest

 
5.0

Wrll done!

By Mar

from Indianapolis

About Me Occasional Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful and varied scenery
  • Flexible
  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

    The entire experience was excellent. Never a problem with bags being delivered. A couple of days it was raining and we opted to take the local busses. Difficulty level was accurate. Very enjoyable experience!

     
    4.0

    An adventurous experience

    By Liisa

    from Alingsås Sweden

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful view s and adventurous
    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Hard to find the way sometimes

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

    The way was not wellmarked Always. We lost our way a couple of times every day and had to walk back. sometimes we found people to ask.
    Bridleway was not a Word we knew. some things have been changed since the description was done. The size of meters were not always the right amount.

     
    5.0

    Beauty, Adventure and Outdoors

    By Fish the Hiker

    from SF Bay Area, California

    About Me Avid Adventurer, Occasional Traveller

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Relaxation
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

      A number of travelers we encountered were jealous of the great trail notes we had. They were far better than any other directions. Accomodations on the whole were great, but don't stay in the broom closet in the Bell Inn in Stow on the Wold. The Cotswolds really are enchanting, everywhere you look is the natural beauty of the houses, rolling farmland and English gardens.

       
      5.0

      Fantastic spring adventure - loved the Cotswolds!

      By D&K the walking couple...

      from New Jersey, USA

      About Me Occasional Traveller

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Relaxation
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

        The trip was well organized, the accommodation was splendid and the spring weather even cooperated!! We are already planning our next trip. We could not recommend Macs Adventure more highly!!!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wonderful in spite of the mud.

        By Turner

        from Mississippi, U.S.A.

        About Me World Traveller

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Relaxation
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

          Please believe the warnings about mud. The sections of the route not on the Cotswold Way were consistently poorly maintained and very muddy. Choose your footwear accordingly. Our trail runners were not up to the task, and I now know why the British invented Wellington boots!

          All accommodations were first rate, varied, and enjoyable. The Cotswold villages were as advertised and quite enjoyable to explore each day. The trip made a memorable 25th wedding anniversary trip that was equally enjoyed by both my wife and myself. If I had to do it over I would stick to the "Cotswold Way" which had better scenery, well marked directions, and much better maintained trails.

           
          4.0

          I would buy this product again

          By Lali

          from Barcelona

          About Me Occasional Traveller

          Pros

          • Well Organised

          Cons

          • Some accomodations were too basic

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

          Great experience. Good organization, good accommodations (although some were too poor). Good luggage transfer service. But during the booking phase, sometimes it took days before macs adventure would answer our mails.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Father, Son walk to remember

          By Bill

          from Andover, MA

          About Me Occasional Traveller

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organised

          Cons

          • Exhausting

          Best Uses

          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

          Perfect situation to get away from the world for a couple of days of walking in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Lovely landscapes and beautiful towns, churches and estates pop up unexpectedly round every corner. Hotels were clean, convenient and friendly. Walks were strenuous but not overwhelming. People on the trail friendly and helpful.

          Left me with some of the best memories of my life. What more can you ask for?

           
          4.0

          my journey was very good organised

          By Eveline

          from the netherlands

          About Me Occasional Traveller

          Pros

          • Itinerary Was Clear
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

            I loved the landscape, the routes were very nice and surprising

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Wonderful trip

            By Waaike

            from Belgium

            Pros

            • Beautiful countryside
            • Fun
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday

              Comments about macs adventure The Cotswold Trail:

              I did this trip solo and really enjoyed it. Doing this trip on my own, I was a bit nervous on waymarking and navigation, but the booklet with walking directions was very clear. The walks are overall well waymarked, and I only got off track once when I couldn't find a waymark and got confused with the booklet. The Cotswold Trail brings you to lovely villages and the countryside is wonderful. Luggage transfer went smoothly, and accommodation in general was great. My least favorite was the White Heart Inn in Chipping Campden. Did not feel very welcome, indifferent staff. The Cowley House in Broadway was my absolute favorite. A warm welcome with tea and cookies, a cosy bedroom, I felt at home and a pity it was only for one night. The walks on the last 2 days were a bit short, but I enjoyed my non-walking time with reading and hitting the tearooms in the villages. I loved my Cotswolds trip and I am browsing the Macs site to get inspired for a next trip in England.

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