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Walking the Cotswold Way


  • Walking the Cotswold Way, one of England's finest National Trails.
  • Explore Broadway, Stanton and other pretty villages of the Cotswolds.
  • Enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere of a Cotswold country pub.
  • Fine walking through quintessential English countryside.
  • Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage city, at the end of the Cotswold Way.

The Cotswold Way, one of England's finest National Trails takes you from Chipping Campden, all the way to Bath, through quintessential English countryside.

Almost the entire trail runs through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and passes through a succession of enchanting English villages, featuring traditional Cotswold cottages and welcoming country pubs.

Cross fields still bounded by hedges and stone walls as the trail twists and turns through undulating and stunning landscapes. You will enjoy expansive views, stumble across Neolithic sites and be surprised by elegant village churches. End your tour in the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and brimming with fine architecture.

As a Cotswold Way specialist, we offer a wide range of itineraries on the Cotswold Way, each of which is detailed on the right. Each itinerary is made up of the following sections.

Arrive Chipping Campden

The town of Chipping Campden is arguably the loveliest of the Cotswold towns and many people choose to stay an extra night here before starting the walk. A two-hour train journey from London to Moreton-in-the-Marsh and 6-mile taxi or bus bring you easily to the start of your holiday.

Chipping Campden to Stanton - 10 miles

Leaving the honey-coloured architectural beauty of Chipping Campden behind, you climb immediately onto the escarpment where Dover’s Hill and then Broadway Tower reward with fine views. The tea rooms of Broadway are a welcome diversion before heading back into the hills. The idyllic village of Stanton welcomes you at the end of the section.

Stanton to Winchcombe - 7 miles

Tearing yourself away from the beauty of Stanton you soon reach the hamlet of Church Stanway. The ornate gatehouse of Stanway House distracts from the steep climb to Stumps Cross which follows. The Iron Age hill fort Beckbury Camp and medieval Hailes Abbey are both of interest before you reach the hustle and bustle of Winchcombe. Winchcombe was once an important Saxon settlement and its folk museum and the gargoyles of the Church of St Peter are well worth visiting.

Winchcombe to Dowdeswell - 11 miles

You begin with a scenic and historically interesting six-mile stretch to Cleve Hill. The magnificent Sudeley Castle is soon followed by a Roman Villa and Belas Knap, a huge Neolithic burial chamber. Cleeve Hill offers comfortable accommodation and refreshment but those continuing to Dowdeswell will enjoy a series of outstanding views from the Cotswold escarpment.

Dowdeswell to Birdlip - 10 miles

A short sharp climb from Dowdeswell takes you back up onto the Wolds were the vistas continue to impress. The distinctive Devil’s Chimney and the ancient site of Crickley Hill are both fascinating. Birdlip village has a traditional country inn.

Birdlip to Painswick - 9 miles

A predominantly woodland walk which delights at any time of year, but especially in the spring when wildflowers abound. You pass Coopers Hill, the site of the famous annual cheese rolling festival, before arriving in the delightful Painswick, an elegant town which grew prosperous from the cloth trade.

Painswick to King’s Stanley - 9 miles

A sublime section of the Cotswold Way. Ancient woodlands, rural tranquillity and vast panoramas combine to deliver walking heaven. Stanley Mill on the edge of King’s Stanley once employed 1000 people and is an early example of fireproof construction.

King’s Stanley to Wotton-Under-Edge - 14.5 miles

A series of short sharp ascents and descents, Neolithic burial chambers and Iron Age hill forts quickly eat up the six and a half miles to Dursley. Climbing steeply back to the scarp edge Tyndale Monument is the main point of interest before reaching Wotton-Under-Edge. A lovely stop which blends old and new.

Wotton-Under-Edge to Tormarton - 15 miles

The first eight miles through valleys to Hawkesbury Upton is filled with mills and streams which serve as reminders of the woollen trade which was once so important in this area. Leaving the escarpment behind at Hawkesbury Upton, the rural isolation, small villages and tranquillity of the walk to Tormarton are to be recommended.

Tormarton to Bath - 17 Miles

Numerous pleasures await on the final section of the Cotswold Way. The spectacular Dyrham Park, wonderful vistas and the architectural delights of Bath make for an unforgettable finale to your Cotswold Way walk.


A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of England’s most popular destinations the City of Bath will surprise and delight you. We recommend adding an extra night in Bath. A fast and frequent train service can return you to London in 1.5 hours.


Your Cotswold Way trip includes accommodation in carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels. Your room will always have an en-suite or private bathroom. Below you will find examples of the establishments we use frequently.

Alternate accommodation

During the high season you might be booked 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.

Example Accommodation




Cornerways - Chipping Campden

Carole and Les welcome you to Cornerways. They have lived in the Cotswolds all their lives and have run their family home as a bed and breakfast for the last 14 years. Each room has full en-suite shower facilities, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TVs, clock radio, and hair dryers.







Shenberrow Hill - Stanton

Shenberrow is an attractive country house which offers lovely accommodation in the little village of Stanton. All rooms for comfortably furnished with en-suite private bathrooms and all the usual comforts in the way of TV & tea & coffee making facilities.







White Hart Inn - Winchcombe

The White Hart Inn is a 16th Century coaching inn in the centre of Winchcombe. They have eight en-suite guest rooms; all rooms have tea & coffee facilities, complementary bottled water, flat screen TV and free WI-FI. At the Wine and Sausage they believe that local produce, cooked creatively is the heart of a good restaurant.







Malvern View - Cleevehill

Malvern View - Cleeve Hill

Marco and Cathy Giorgi draw on their many years of experience and professionalism, to make sure that every little detail is taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy the beautiful Cotswolds surroundings. Their rooms are comfortable and beautifully designed, offering sumptuous Egyptian cotton bedlinen, 32 inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free WiFi and a well stocked hospitality tray.







Detmore House - Leckhampton Hill

Detmore House is a beautifully refurbished boutique guest accommodation it has a blend of traditional elegance and contemporary decor. They have luxurious spacious en-suite rooms with super king bed, luxury toiletries, fluffy white towels & robes for your comfort.







Tibbiwell Lodge - Painswick

Tibbiwell Lodge offers comfortable accommodation with fantastic views and a superb location in the centre of Painswick. The three rooms are all individually designed, the Terrace Room has its own decked terrace at first floor level overlooking the beautiful Painswick Valley and the Balcony Room has its own sheltered balcony.







Valley Views - Kings Stanley

Having recently received a Silver Enjoy England award our four star guest accommodation Valley Views has recently been renovated and refurbished. You can be assured of a warm welcome from hostess Pam White.







The Swan Hotel - Wotton-under-Edge

The Swan is a former coaching Inn; it has a wealth of charm and character enhanced by original features including beamed ceilings, stone floors and exposed walls plus 3 open fires and traditional furniture. The restaurant offers a modern and contemporary feel while still retaining the character and features of a period building.







Sodbury House Hotel - Old Sodbury

Sodbury House Hotel - Old Sodbury

Situated in its own spacious grounds of lawns and fruit trees, this former farmstead dates from the 1700's and its rustic charm is complemented by modern restoration. All rooms have been thoughtfully refurbished to a high standard to provide excellent facilities and offer tea and coffee, colour television, radio, hair dryer.







The Compass Inn - Tormarton

The Compass Inn is a medium sized, family run, hotel set in the beautiful South Cotswolds. An 18th century coaching inn with modern accommodation set in 6 acres of beautifully kept grounds and gardens. The Orangery Restaurant, under Head chef Hugo de Bonneval, has a reputation for using the very best of local produce and seasonal game, as well as a fine wine list.







Hill Farm B&B - Cold Ashton

Hill Farm used to be a working farm and the barns were converted in 2012 to high quality accommodation, the heating and hot water is provided through eco-friendly means, and a warm drying space is provided for clothes and boots. The facilities in the kitchen-diner provide you with fresh eggs, bacon and all the trimmings for you to cook your own breakfast.







The Kennard Guest House - Bath

The Kennard Guest House - Bath

The Kennard Hotel is a beautiful Georgian Town house. However, it also offers all the modern features which are now expected: en-suites with showers, telephones with data port, wireless internet connection in all rooms, flat-screen TVs and beverage trays. Every room in the house was for a different use and so all have their own individual style and character.




In-depth Cotswold Information

For more information on walking in the Cotswolds, you can Download our Free Guide to view offline or you can visit our Online Cotswold Information Page.


You can start The Cotswold Way on any day of the week between the start of April and mid-October, subject to availability. The Cotswolds are very popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.

** Please be aware that from 4th May 2020 - 10th May 2020 the Badminton Horse Trials are held and  accommodation in Kings Stanley, Old Sodbury and Cold Ashton are already full during this time.

Time of Year

The Cotswold Way is great at any time throughout the season as all the flowers will be in bloom throughout this time. 

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

Single rooms are available at a supplement. We offer the Cotswold Way to solo walkers. As we incur additional baggage transfer costs there is a solo walker supplement to cover this.  

Grade & Terrain

This tour is rated easy to moderate overall. However, if you choose an itinerary which is 9 days or less, then the rating becomes moderate to strenuous, as you will be walking more miles per day. The trail is on well-maintained footpaths, bridleways, across fields, golf courses and on some minor roads. It does involve some steep ascents and descents from the escarpment.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The Cotswold Way is a National Trail and is fully way marked. A comprehensive guidebook and map are supplied.

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.

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.

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/cycling 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 Chipping Campden

Train services connect London to Moreton-in-Marsh (2h) and Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon (1h). If you wish to take a taxi from Moreton-in-Marsh this will need to be booked ahead of time as there is no taxi rank at the station or in the town. The cost is about £25. Please check the following website for taxi information and to pre-book. Or you can walk from the station to the Corn Exchange (a 5 minute walk) and from here you can take a bus to Chipping Camden. It is the Line 22 bus, it takes approximately 25 minutes and the buses leave hourly (approx £3 cost). Please note buses do not run on Sundays.

Getting from Bath

Fast and frequent train services connect Bath to London (1h30).

If you have left a car in Chipping Campden getting back from Bath on public transport rail/bus takes about 3.5 hours. We don’t recommend you leave a car in Bath as long term parking is expensive.

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


  • Hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed information pack, maps and a guide book
  • Emergency telephone support


  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.


  • Single room supplement
  • Solo walker supplement
  • Extra nights

We are often asked the following questions by walkers planning The Cotswold Way and hope that you will find the following information useful.

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

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.

How fit do I need to be?

We offer a range of itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully, you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle, we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least six months before your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

Can I combine my Cotswold holidays?

Depends on which guidebooks/maps/route notes you use for your particular trip, it can be possible to combine them. Check with your destination specialist, and they will be more than happy to let you know if your itinerary is possible.

What gardens can I visit in the area?

We would recommend Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and Hidcote, famous for its rare trees and shrubs. Click here for a full list of Gardens and Arboreta in the Cotswolds.

What ruins/history/country houses can I see along the way?

There are many houses and historical monuments throughout the Cotswolds, and what you can see depends on the itinerary you are doing. There are historic houses, rustic ruins and many museums for you to explore. Click here for a full list of Historic Houses and Museums.

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?

The Cotswold Way is sublime at any time between the end of March and beginning of October although the path is arguably at its most beautiful in the Spring.

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.

A trip to remember


Friends encouraged us to do this trip, so glad we did. We just loved it. Just the right length of time, very well organized with smooth luggage transfers, good accommodation. Some accommodation was old but in some ways that was part of the charm. Each day the scenery and trails were different. Met some fun people along the way too.


The Cotswolds


An enjoyable challenge


We had a great time, enjoyed our days of walking but some were long. The accommodation was comfortable and overall great facilities. However the ones you had to walk to off the track after a long day were at that stage of the day a long extra walk. All in all a great trip that I would recommend.




A Rewarding Cotswold Ramble


Though I have known the name for some time this was my first contact with Mac Adventures. It will not be my last. From my first contact the company has been attentive, supportive and immediate in follow through. Financially I find the price fair and competitive. Questions were answered on line and on phone quickly and thoroughly. Supporting documentation was excellent. I felt fully prepared before I left home. While I am a seasoned walker/hiker my companion was taking a first hike, thus the gentle hills of the Cotswolds. Both felt we knew what to expect. The guide book, the daily tracker sheets, the country information were all invaluable and are mightily dog-eared now. We leaned heavily on the gps apps for several legs as some of the way markings had disappeared. I did not find the Harvey map for this trip helpful in the least. In a few cases the distances were a bit off on the day-to-day trackers. The B&Bs ranged from very good to superb. In all cases the breakfasts were excellent. I would recommend more warnings about the lack of food sources between some of the villages. Packing snacks should be mandatory. I'd recommend the packaged lunches some B&Bs provide. It would be helpful to breakdown the taxi numbers by region in the information kit, though we leaned on the hosts for recommendations. Sadly were had to miss walking a few legs due to illness. (The NHS proved a very pleasant experience.) This forced us to taxi from one to the next leg but we did enjoy the villages and accommodations at each stop. I am now a hard fan of Mac Adventures and am already working on a decision for my next adventure. It combines the freedom I need when walking with the convenience of knowledgeable staff booking accommodations, giving heads up warnings and the comfort of having 24 hour support should it be needed.

Jack's Buddy

New York City, N.Y.


Superb scenery on a moderately challenging walk


A moderately challenging hike requiring a good level of fitness and proper gear. The scenery - woodland and valley views - is stunning and the walk passes through or near a number of very pretty Cotswold villages.

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The Incredibly Beautiful Cotswolds


Our Cotswolds walk was epic. Something we will never forget. Beautiful scenery, the friendliest people, wonderful B&B's and fabulous food. It was perhaps little too ambitious for us 63 year old people as far as the miles per day, however we learned to use other means of transportation when needed.




Beautiful walk


No shower in some accommodation. Hosts not welcoming. Directions to accommodation when finished walk would be helpful! Accommodation to be close to eateries.

Audrey Richards



Lovely walk in Cotswold


Green hills, beautiful villages with great pubs, the best company and a well marked trail - we had a lovely walk in Cotswold.

Elin & Richard



Awesome! Just the vacation experience we were looking for.


Macs did a fantastic job organizing every piece of our walking vacation.... accommodations, luggage transfer, and numerous details. We have attached a youtube video of our English vacation which gives a good flavor of what you will find on the Cotswold Way. We will definitely engage Macs for future walking/hiking vacations.




Very enjoyable trip


Enjoyed the trip very much


Richmond, VA


Very well arranged and eminently enjoyable experience


The Cotswold Way walk offered us the quintessential countryside of England, a good day's exercise of about 15 miles per day for ten days, counting the walking around the towns after the day's hike on the trail, nice accommodations, and the ease of having it all organized with luggage transfers, and detailed instructions provided by Macs, well in advance of the trip, that left no question unanswered. Trying to arrange a trip like this from the west coast of the USA with no local knowledge would have been an unwelcome chore, and, while do-able, probably would have resulted in us making some poor decisions out of ignorance. The trip ran like clockwork and we could simply enjoy each day without worrying about any more than what to put in our backpacks and where to eat dinner.


Oregon, USA


Cotswold Way

4.6 159


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