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Escape to the Cotswolds

5 Days & 4 Nights 4.6 Read 159 reviews
  • Strolling through the picturesque Cotswold villages.
  • Relaxing in handpicked, luxurious and welcoming accommodation.
  • Discovering the history of the area through abbeys, ruins and the glorious Sudeley Castle.
  • Some of the best views English countryside has to offer.
Explore the Highlights of the Cotswolds Way on this walking holiday through quintessential England. You will explore the Chocolate-box Cotswold villages of Broadway and Stanton as well as a host of interesting historical sights. The Cotswold Way is one of the UK's finest National Trails and on this trip, you will be able to explore the very best of what the route has to offer. Delightful woodland walking and idyllic rolling English landscapes show off the 'Green and Pleasant Land,' that rural England is famed for. The Cotswolds also has an abundance of delicious local produce and you will be able to stock up on the all-important calories you burn off on your walk, by feasting in a wide array of excellent local tearooms, cosy pubs and local bakeries.

What To Expect

If you only have a few days available for walking in the Cotswolds, this short break will let you experience the best of the Cotswold villages and some fantastic walking.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

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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

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

Accommodation Information

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.

Alternative accommodation

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.

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.

Solo Walkers

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

Included
  • 4 Nights in hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels.
  • Door to door baggage transfers.
  • A detailed information pack, guide book 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.
  • Personal Equipment.
Extras
  • 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.

Getting to the Start

Rail: Train services connect London to Moreton-on-Marsh (2hrs) and Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon (1hr). Taxi or bus services are available for the respective 6 or 12 mile last leg to Chipping Campden.

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

Getting from the End

Rail: The nearest train station to Charlton Kings where you will be staying on your last night is Cheltenham which is approx 3 miles away. The train from Cheltenham to London takes approx 2 hours or approx 1hr 30 to Bath.

If you have left a car in Chipping Campden getting back from Cheltenham on public transport takes about 3 hours. Please visit Traveline for further information.

Baggage Transfer

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.

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.

Equipment

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Chipping Campden Day 2 Chipping Campden to Stanton 10 miles / 17 km Day 3 Stanton to Winchcombe 7.7 miles / 12.4 km Day 4 Winchcombe to Dowdeswell 11 miles / 17.8 km Day 5 Depart Dowdeswell/Charlton Kings

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