Cotswold Way (The South)7 Days & 6 Nights 4.6 Read 159 reviews
- Walking the southern section of the Cotswold Way to Bath
- Views of England’s most beautiful landscapes
- Wandering through the quiet lanes of picturesque Cotswold villages
- Enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere of a Cotswold country pub
- Bath, home to some of England’s most amazing Georgian architecture
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
Ideal if you have an interest in:
National Parks & Trails
- Most Popular
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.
The Cotswold Way is a National Trail and is fully way marked. A comprehensive guidebook and map are supplied.
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses and small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is always included.
During the high season, you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.
This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs their is a solo walker supplement payable.
- 6 Nights hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
- 6 Breakfasts
- Door to door baggage transfer
- A detailed information pack, maps and guide book
- Emergency telephone support
- Travel to Painswick
- Travel from Bath
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Extra nights
When To Go
You can start The Cotswold Way on any day of the week between the start of April and mid-October, subject to availability. It is great at any time throughout the season as all the flowers will be in bloom throughout this time. The Cotswolds are very popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.
** Please be aware that at the beginning of May the Badminton Horse Trials are held and it is a challenge to find accommodation in Kings Stanley, Old Sodbury and Cold Ashton during this time.
It should also be noted that we will not book accommodation in Stanton on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday night due to the fact there is no-where to eat in the village on those evenings. If your booking does land in Stanton on those days then we will include return transfers to Broadway for a small additional cost.
Getting to the Start
Painswick is accessible from London with a train service to Stroud. From Stroud there are taxi or bus services are available for the 4 miles from Stroud to Painswick.
Getting from the End
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
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.
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.
We recommend you travel by train. If you are driving we recommend leaving your car in Chipping Campden where on-street parking is available.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use local bus services or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Painswick
Take a train service from London to Stroud and from here a 4 mile bus or taxi ride, Painswick is nestled quietly amongst the Cotswold Hills. An historic wool town, it’s a delight to saunter through, with its 14th and 17th century buildings, tea shops, restaurants and local pubs.
Dating back to 1554 the Falcon is a small hotel and restaurant overlooking the historic village church and it's famous 99 clipped yew trees. All 11 rooms are en-suite, tastefully decorated and have comfortable beds with crisp, white linen. Facilities include White Company toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, free wi-fi, freeview TV, radio alarm clock and hair dryer. An iron, ironing board and fans are available on request. Their restaurant offers the best of fresh, seasonal British food with an interesting twist in the belief that a dish should be savoured to the very last mouthful.
Troy House is situated in the queen of the Cotswolds - the village of Painswick. It is set in a grade 2 listed building with original features. Off set in a private courtyard allowing ultimate relaxation and tranquillity. Each room has been decorated in natural colours and have all the amenities you require for your overnight stay.
St Anne’s B&B is a traditional English country home furnished with antiques, a log fire and relaxed family atmosphere. They have three guest rooms which are all comfortably furnished and have all the amenities you require. The dining room has a large sofa and you are welcome to relax in front of the fire or read the newspapers.
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.
Ascent: 254m / Descent: 354m
Valley Views is a quiet peaceful location, they have three bedrooms all with free Wi-Fi access. The Luxury room has a king size bed, is en-suite with bath. The Superior Double room with it's own private bathroom, grandiose corner bath and power shower. Their Superior Twin room, which along with its bathroom is on your own private floor and boasts exceptional views.
You are assured a very warm welcome at No 1. Woodchester Lodge and also a most comfortable stay!
The main hall is one of the best features of Woodchester Lodge. Incorporating a wide grand staircase, framed with oak turned banisters, it acts as a central pivot to the house, giving access to all other rooms. There is a great feeling of space and height here, culminating in an attractive barrel vaulted ceiling. It is a room in its own right, complete with wood burning stove and bookcase for browsing. Whether you like sun or shade there will be a spot for you in their peaceful, attractively laid out gardens. Relax on the front or back patio after work, a busy day sightseeing or a hike in the local countryside. You can enjoy tea and home made cakes or shortbread, which are always ‘on tap’The bedrooms are a delight, being large, light and airy; recently decorated and carpeted throughout, with a variety of period furniture. A full range of toiletries is provided, including bath hats, tissues and cotton wool balls. Rooms are equipped with colour T.V., alarm clocks, hair dryers and tea tray plus home made cookies.
Orchardene is a B&B that was built in the early 1820's, in rural King Stanley. Each room has facilities for making a hot drink, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and fruit teas, and fresh milk.
They also provide each room with toiletries, a hair dryer and digital clock radio. Wi-fi access is available free of charge.
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.
Ascent: 638m / Descent: 588m
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. They pride themselves on serving high quality food and where the ingredients are sourced locally for their seasonal menus.
Mounteney's is a 400 year old farmhouse which overlooks Inglestone Common and the Ancient Lower Woods which are 10 minutes walk away. The farmhouse is grade II listed and retains wonderful period features. You are assured the warmest of welcomes at this splendid accommodation and the rooms have all that one would require for a most comfortable stay.
The Black Horse is a family run country inn offering freshly cooked good English food, accommodation, a restaurant and public bar. Exposed brickwork and wooden beams provide rustic touches to the rooms, which all have an en suite shower room. Each room also has tea and coffee facilities. As a traditional English inn, they serve a range of real ales and British food and locally sourced produce. There are outdoor tables at the front of the inn, as well as a pretty beer garden.
From Wotton under Edge the route leads along a lovely stream to Coombe, then steeply up Blackquarries hill for commanding views across the surrounding area. Around Worley Hill and through the woods the way descends via a sunken lane to the edge of Wortley. From here the path meanders through quiet countryside, past the imposing Somerset Monument, to Horton and the impressive Iron Age hill fort at Little Sodbury. Finally, you descend through the old churchyard to finish in Old Sodbury.
Ascent: 402m / Descent: 407m
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 comfortable facilities and offer tea and coffee, TV, radio and hair dryer.
Richard and Jennifer Woolley have been running this B&B since 1987, the house is very tranquil and provides a peaceful and relaxing end you walking day. They have 2 guest rooms which are comfortably furnished and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
The Dog Inn is 500 years old, Grade II Listed, and offers comfortable accommodations retaining all the charm and character of its age. All rooms are fitted with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is accessible to all guests. The pub sells a great variety of food and drinks.
Today is another mostly rural day, crossing fields and farmland to the pretty Dyrham Park, a beautiful old mansion nestling in an ancient deer park. Climb through Dyrham Woods, and continue onward to the village of Cold Ashton. The hamlet is build around a quaint 16th century church, and is a delightfully quiet place to spend the night before your final stretch into Bath.
Ascent: 206m / Descent: 136m
Hill Farm used to be a working farm and the barns were converted in 2012 to provide B&B 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.
Malcolm & Claire would like to welcome you to their B&B. All guest rooms are equipped with tea & coffee making facilities,Tv, dvd player, WiFi, toiletries, and hairdryer.
Leaving Cold Ashton the route crosses the A46 for the last time and heads along Greenway Lane before the ascent up onto Lansdown Hill. Crossing the Civil War battlefield to the Grenville Monument, the Cotswold Way heads out to the scarp edge at Hanging Hill and around Bath Race Course to Prospect Stile Viewpoint, and fine vistas of your final destination. Now it’s downhill and into through the suburbs, parks and historic streets of Bath to the finish at the Abbey.
Ascent: 258m / Descent: 430m
The Kennard offers comfortable accommodation in an elegant Georgian town house dating from 1794 and located just minutes from the Roman Baths and the new Thermae Spa Complex. You will find modern features including plasma-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi internet. The breakfast room is hung with Venetian chandeliers and is the place to enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast.
Hill House is a three storey Georgian end of terrace situated in the heart of historic Bath. Originally built around 1760 it has formerly been a hotel, wine merchants and public house. They have 6 bedrooms retaining much of its original charm and character with all the amenities you would expect. All the guest accommodation has refitted contemporary en suite shower rooms, flat screen TVs with Freeview, and complimentary White Company toiletries.
You are assured a very warm welcome at Oldfields House. The comfortable rooms offer all one would require to relax after a days walking. With chic décor, complimentary toiletries, tea/coffee making facilities and a flat screen TV, you have the perfect environment in which to unwind.
Check out after breakfast and take a train to London for onward travel connections. Alternatively, ask your Macs destination specialist about arranging extra nights in Bath to explore more of this beautiful small city.
The Macs Adventure Way
- Tailor-Made Adventures
- Book With Confidence
- Positive Impact
- Knowledgeable and helpful friendly specialist adventure planners
- Tailor-make your trip to suit your interests
- Start on any date that suits you
- Choose your ideal trip length and difficulty
- Range of accommodation options
- Choice of trip styles
- Choose your own travel companions
- Walk, cycle and explore at your own pace
- Make your own decisions
- Choose your own path
- Indulge your passions
- 14,000+ unbiased trip & service reviews
- Feefo Gold Award 2019
- 25,000+ travellers trust us each year
- As featured in the Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, and more
- Founder owned & operated since 2003
- 100+ passionate team members across the US, UK & Europe
- 100% Financial Protection
- Meticulously planned adventures
- Quality, hand-picked accommodation
- Seamless and reliable arrangements
- Comprehensive trip information & insider tips
- Detailed maps, route notes and mobile GPS app
- Helpful 24/7 support should you need it
- Travel responsibly
- Explore off the beaten track
- Support locally owned businesses
- Engage with local communities
- Minimise your impact
- Maximise the benefit of your travel
- Challenge yourself & grow
How long does it take to walk the South West Coast Path?The South West Coast Path is a magificent route that takes you right ...
South West Coastal Path Walks - Which section is for me?The South West Coast Path is 630 miles in total, covering a vast, ev ...
Eating and Drinking on the Hadrian's Wall WalkHadrian's Wall Walk takes you through two English counties famous for ...
Hadrian's Wall Walk - Frequently Asked Questions.We are frequently contacted with questions on Hadrian's Wall Path, an ...
How fit should I be for walking Hadrian's Wall Path?Walking Hadrian's Wall Path is a delightful trip from coast to coast ...
Which Itinerary Should I Choose on Hadrian's Wall Path?One of the most commonly asked questions from anyone looking to walk ...
6 Best historical Sites on Hadrian's Wall WalkHadrian's Wall Walk is one of the most popular walking holidays in En ...
Travel Guide for Hadrian's Wall PathThe Hadrian's Wall Path is fairly easy to get to and from, however, w ...
What to Pack for Walking Hadrian's Wall PathThe north of England, while utterly beautiful, is not well known for ...
10 most Frequently Asked Questions about Wainwright's Coast to Coast WalkThere are so many considerations when walking the Coast to Coast. We ...
How fit should I be for walking the Coast to Coast?Walking Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast trip is not to be undertak ...
10 Frequently Asked Questions About Walking in the CotswoldsThere are so many considerations when walking in the Cotswolds. Our t ...
5 of the Best Villages in the CotswoldsThe Cotswolds are renowned for many things. The rolling, emerald-gree ...
Where to Eat in the CotswoldsThe Cotswolds is a region of England well known for its natural larde ...
What to Pack for Walking in the CotswoldsWalking in the Cotswolds is generally a pleasant experience. However, ...
How Many Days to Walk the Coast to Coast?One of the most commonly asked questions from anyone looking to do th ...
The South Downs and the magnificent Seven Sisters CliffsI have recently returned from a trip along the South Down's Way. This ...
10 things you might not know about the South West Coast PathA true English treasure, the South West Coast Path is 630 miles of so ...
Our Top 5 Areas of Outstanding Natural BeautyThere are 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK whi ...
15 reasons to walk the Pennine WayKnown as the “backbone of England”, The Pennine Way is a superb walki ...
How to avoid blisters on a walking holidayIf you are worried about blisters from walking boots while on holiday ...
The 5 Best Places to Walk or Hike in JulyAt Macs Adventure we believe in making the most of every season (and ...
Outdoors access in England and ScotlandThe UK offers a superb outdoors playground and plenty of freedom to w ...
Five of the best winter walking bootsWalking in winter often requires a rethink on clothing, boots and kit ...
Great alternatives to the Cotswold Way!A walking holiday in the Cotswolds should not to be missed. Choose th ...
How many days to walk the Cotswold Way?The Cotswold Way explores the quintessential English countryside of t ...
What to Pack for the Coast to Coast WalkWhen undertaking any long-distance walking holiday, one of the major ...
7 of the best places to stay on Coast to Coast WalkThe Coast to Coast walk has become a huge favourite of Macs Adventure ...
Top Tips on Travelling to the Coast to Coast WalkThe Coast to Coast walk is one of the most popular walking holidays i ...
4 Alternative Walks to the West Highland WayFor obvious reasons, the West Highland Way is one of, if not the most ...
A Safari Less Travelled - England's South West CoastDo you believe in coasts? Well, I certainly do, and I hope that you ...