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Highlights

  • Walk the northern section of the Cotswolds Way from Chipping Camden to Bath
  • Wandering through the quiet lanes of picturesque Cotswold villages
  • Enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere of a Cotswold country pub
  • Broadway, Stanton and Chipping Campden
  • Marvelling at the stunning views from Broadway Tower

Walk the northern section of the Cotswold Way through the finest scenery of the Cotswolds from Chipping Campden to Painswick. A five day and 45 mile walk on the Cotswold Way through some of the finest scenery in England.

The Northern Cotswold Way explores the quintessential English countryside of the Cotswolds. A beautiful green landscape of rolling farmland, quiet woods and picturesque villages steeped in history. Choose this itinerary if you want to explore the best of the Cotswolds on foot but don't have time to walk the full Cotswold Way.

Revel in the stunning views from Broadway Tower, a round stone folly inspired by Capability Brown. Enjoy afternoon tea in a cosy tearoom in one of the many quaint Cotswold villages you pass through and admire the colourful gardens of the locals.

DAY 1: 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 in Chipping Campden before starting the walk. It’s only a  two-hour train journey from London to Moreton-in-the-Marsh and six-mile taxi or bus ride brings you easily to the start of your holiday.


DAY 2: 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 tearooms of Broadway are a welcome diversion before heading back into the hills. The idyllic village of Stanton welcomes you at the end of the day.


DAY 3: 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 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. This small town was once an important Saxon settlement.


DAY 4: Winchcombe to Dowdeswell—11 miles

The scenic and historically interesting six-mile stretch takes you 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.


DAY 5: 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.


DAY 6: Birdlip to Painswick—7 miles

A predominantly woodland walk which delights at any time of year, but especially the spring when wild flowers 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.


DAY 7: Onward Travel

Accommodation

Your Cotswold Way trip includes accommodation in carefully selected 3 or 4 star 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.


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 their is a solo walker supplement to cover this.


Meals

A hearty 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 and there are plenty of places to stop or pick up a picnic. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.


Additional Nights

If you would like to spend extra time in the Cotswolds, or perhaps build in a rest day we would recommend Chipping Campden, Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water and Painswick.


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.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Royal George Hotel - Birdlip

A delightful English Country Hotel set in 26 acres of grounds, which has lovely views over the Gloucestershire Countryside. The hotel has 34 comfortable en-suite bedrooms of individual character and rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, iron/ironing board and tea/coffee making facilities.


 

 

 


 

 

 




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.


 

 

 

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.


Availability

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


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This walking tour is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs there 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

The Cotswold Way is a National Trail and is fully waymarked and easy to follow. A comprehensive guidebook and map are supplied.We also provide access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App upon which you can follow the GPS tracks on your phone if you wish.


Grade & Terrain

The way is on well-maintained footpaths, bridleways, across fields and on some minor roads. It does involve some steep ascent and descent from the escarpment but in general, the walking is fairly easy.


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.


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 Chipping Campden

Road: National Express coaches serve Bath, Cheltenham and Broadway. Unsecure on street parking is available in Chipping Campden.


Rail: 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 o Chipping Camden. It is the Line 22 bus, it takes approximately 25 inutes and the buses leave hourly (approx £3 cost).


Getting from Painswick

Taxi or bus services are available for the 4 miles from Painswick to Stroud. From Stroud there are train services to London.


Please check the National Rail Enquiries for train times and schedules and the also the National Express website for bus times and schedules

Included

  • 6 Nights accommodation in hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Daily door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed pre-departure information pack, OS maps & guidebook
  • Emergency support

Excluded

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

Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Solo walker supplement
  • Extra nights

We are often asked the following questions by walkers planning The Cotswold Way and I 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?

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 cardiovascular 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?

The Cotswold Way is sublime at any time between the end of March and beginning of October although my personal favourite time of year is the spring.

How do the baggage transfers work?

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.

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

We recommend you travel by train. If you are driving we recommend leaving your car in Chipping Campden where on-street parking is available.

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.

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5

We thoroughly enjoyed our walks. The scenery was everything we expected and the weather was even perfect. We were prepared for rain but lucked out and didn't have any. The accommodations were excellent at every location, and the people we met were all friendly, regardless of where they were from.

Rick

Georgia, USA

Cotswold Way - 8 days

5

The walk was fairly hilly so quite tiring at times but quite manageable. The accommodation was of varying standards varying from a noisy pub on the first Saturday in Chipping Camden and finishing with an up market boutique hotel in Bath. All were quite comfortable though. A great holiday overall and perfect for exploring the Cotswolds.

Chris

London

A walk on rolling hills

5

The Cotswold Way was our second walking holiday organized by MacsAdventure. All our expectations were met, as well as by the organization as on the trail trough an outstanding landscape. We absolutely recommend the walking time of 9 days to have some time to enjoy the surroundings.

angelikasmallworld

The Netherlands

Cotswolds Escape May 2018

4

Had a nice time on our third Macs Adventure holiday, this time to the Cotswolds. The views were stunning and accommodations were nice; everything MA had control of was perfect. The way was not very well marked at all points, and many turns could easily be missed, or often there 3 paths mown into a field and we (and others we met along the way) had to guess and hope for the best (we managed to always guess right - pick the middle path!). We were lucky to have all sun and no rain, which made for some really steep, hot hiking with not a lot of shade in some spots, so wear sunscreen! I think we were ruined by having done the Great Glen Way the last year, which is beautiful, but the Cotswolds Way was nice enough.

DrMaryClary

South Carolina, USA

Wonderful ramble through the Cotswolds

5

This trip was presented by Kellen as an option, when I decided that my previous choice was not reasonable given my preparation time. I chose the normal rate, seven full days walking, or 16 miles per day. The interaction with Kellen was excellent all through the planning process, and the execution of the trip was flawless. All lodging was comfortable, with typically very good dinner on site or near by. My bag was transferred daily without issues. I have already booked another walking trip with MacsAdventure.

Paul

Virginia

I would use Macs Adventure again

3

If you need wonderfully beautiful, long vistas, green fields, rolling hills, mountains, lakes and solitude, this trail is not for you. You should do the Coast to Coast instead. The Cotswolds is a loose collection of towns roughly 8-15 miles apart whose only reason for existing as a destination seems to be that most - if not all - of the buildings are constructed of Cotswold stone. Very few thatched roofs remain. If you're not a fan of this architecture or are of the mind that "if you've seen one you've seen them all", this hike is not for you. If you prefer to wander the open spaces far from the traffic and sounds of the city, this hike is not for you. If you must have civilization nearby for most of the day to feel safe/secure walking the "wilds" of England, this is your hike.

Don

Eaton Center, NH, USA

We had a fabulous walk

5

An all round lovely vacation! People were welcoming and interested in our walking experience. The walk was a challenge at times but we were able to use the option of public transit on 2 occasions when it was just a "little too much" for us that day. Scenery was stunning. Weather was good. I'm a vegetarian...the food was delicious and nutritious...just what one needs for a days walk. Thanks again Macs for a great adventure.

sharmaine and gerrit

Cotswolds

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An enjoyable country interlude

5

Hiking in the Cotswolds broke up our longer stay in London. We enjoyed each day on the Cotswold Way and appreciated the friendliness of everyone we encountered. Our B&B's were just right and our luggage was always waiting when we arrived. Thanks to MacsAdventure for doing exactly what you said you would do.

Susan C.

Minneapolis

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Seven days of fun exploration

5

We are an avid walking couple in our mid-sixties. This trip gave us a wonderful way to explore a new area and to catch up with old friends who met up with us at various points. We liked all the accommodations except one and were impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of hosts along the way. The baggage transport was flawless. If doing the entire Cotswold Way I would recommend including two rest days to break things up and have a chance to linger and poke around the beautiful and interesting villages.

Green Mountain Hiker

Vermont, USA

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its a challenge!

3

Our first experience of a walking holiday. Beautiful views ( we were lucky with the weather!) Wonderful Cotswold villages. Well signposted. Some fairly steep hills and slippery muddy paths but if you are well equipped its fine. Some of our booked accommodation left a lot to be desired. The itinerary provided by Macsadventure did not match the local experience in a number of cases, please be aware! I have given them detailed feedback, hopefully they will update their information. I couldn't recommend this holiday done in this way, when you most need good hospitality at the end of the day its often sadly lacking !

THE WARRENS

Plymouth

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