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Highlights

  • Walk England’s quintessential landscapes of the Cotswolds in comfort
  • Wandering down the quiet lanes of picturesque Cotswold villages
  • The warm and friendly atmosphere of a Cotswold country pub
  • Hotels and inns offering cosy comfort & the warmest of welcomes
  • Discovering the abbeys, historic houses, ruins and history of the area

Experience the very best of the Cotswolds, staying at select country hotels and charming inns, well known for their comfort and welcome.

Begin in Moreton-in-Marsh, a bustling market town and from here head south through the classic Cotswold countryside passing through a series of impossibly beautiful villages including Bourton-on-the-Water and Lower Slaughter, Cotswold gems.

Typical 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.

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.

Day 1: Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh

Moreton-in-Marsh is a 1H35 train journey from London Paddington. It is one of the principle market towns in the northern part of the Cotswolds and 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.


Overnight: Moreton-in-Marsh


Day 2: Walk to Bourton-on-the-Water or Lower Slaughter

Today enjoy a delightful day of walking passing between some of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds. First 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, probably the prettiest village in Britain. Bourton is an absolute delight and is sure to live up to your every expectation. There is also the possibility that you will stay in Lower Slaughter, another charming village.


Walk: 10.8 or 5.9 miles


Overnight: Bourton-on-the-Water or Lower Slaughter


Day 3: Walk to Winchcombe

Following the River Windrush out of Bourton-on-the-Water you are quickly immersed in the green and rolling Cotswold countryside. 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.


Walk:  12.5 miles


Overnight:  Winchcombe


Day 4: Walk to Broadway

Following the Cotswold Way 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 (please make sure to check opening times).


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.


Walk: 12.3 mil.es


Overnight:  Broadway


Day 5: Walk 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 very fine views over the surrounding countryside.


Then enjoy a gentle stroll down to the honey-coloured cottages, tea rooms and gift shops of Chipping Campden.


Walk: 6 miles


Overnight: Chipping Camden


Day 6: Walk to Moreton-in-Marsh

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


Walk: 7 miles


Overnight: The Manor House Hotel


Day 7: Onward Travel

This morning after breakfast you can make your onward travel plans.


Accommodation

Wherever possible we will use the hotels detailed in the itinerary and below but if they are not available we will book hotels of the same or better standard.  It must be noted that the rooms in the accommodations in Winchcombe tend to be a bit “quirky”. This is due to the fact that the building are very old and no two rooms are the same. Please do not expect spacious rooms here.


Many hotels in the Cotswolds do not accept one night bookings for Saturday nights so occasionally we may book two nights over a weekend in one location and arrange return taxi transfers for you at no extra cost. We do this so that we can maintain the highest quality of accommodation.


Below you will find some examples of accommodations that we use.


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.


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.




 

 

 



	Manor House Hotel - Moreton-in-Marsh



Manor House Hotel - Moreton-in-Marsh

The 4* Manor House Hotel is an enchanting 16th century Cotswold retreat where you can indulge yourself with fine food and drink and relax in a homely and friendly atmosphere. This is a place where you can feel at home, make friends and enjoy the finer things in life.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	The Slaughter's Country Inn - Lower Slaughter



The Slaughter's Country Inn - Lower Slaughter

This is a 17th century hotel, once an Eton cramming school, standing in four acres of beautiful grounds alongside the River Eye in the centre of Lower Slaughter. All the rooms are comfortably furnished and individually designed blending seamlessly with the traditional features of the oldest parts of the house with contemporary design.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	Chester House Hotel - Bourton-on-the-Water



Chester House Hotel - Bourton-on-the-Water

Situated in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Chester house is a 22 bedroom privately run hotel with a contemporary country style. The rooms are elegant and traditionally furnished, each benefitting from a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and an en suite bathroom.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	Wesley House Hotel - Winchcombe



Wesley House Hotel - Winchcombe

Wesley House is a quaintly timbered fifteenth-century merchant's house; the cosy bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms and are individually furnished. A varied and exciting menu is complemented by the hotels insistence on using fresh local produce wherever possible.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	Broadway Hotel - Broadway



Broadway Hotel - Broadway

This hotel offers much elegance with individually decorated rooms, cosy lounges with roaring log fires and fine dining. Enjoy a restful nights sleep in one of the 19 comfortable bedrooms decorated in a contemporary yet traditional style


 

 

 


 

 

 



	Noel Arms Hotel - Chipping Camden



Noel Arms Hotel - Chipping Camden

The award-winning 16th-century Noel Arms hotel features open log fires and each individually styled room boasts elegant furniture, an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower, and free toiletries. One of the rooms features a luxurious, carved four-poster bed which dates to 1657.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Cotswold House Hotel - Chipping Camden



Cotswold House Hotel - Chipping Camden

The contemporary style makes Cotswold House and Spa one of the most admired boutique hotels in the Cotswolds. With its idyllic location,impecable facilities and fine dining in its two restaurants, it is the perfect end to your walk in the Cotswolds.


 

 

 

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.


Time of Year

We offer this trip between the beginning of March and the end of November. In our opinion there is no bad time for walking in the Cotswolds but would especially recommend the spring and autumn.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This walking holiday 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, Route Notes & Maps

Most of the route is marked by a variety of waymarks but you should have the ability to read a map and follow route descriptions very closely.


Grade & Terrain

This trip is graded moderate. 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 13 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.


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

  • 6 Nights in hand-picked country inn’s and hotels
  • 6 Delicious breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • 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. Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Solo walker supplement
  • Extra nights

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?

This itinerary includes walks of up to 14 miles so you should enjoy a good level of fitness. The longer days can be shortened by using taxis or public transport to a maximum of 8 miles if you would prefer shorter days.

If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardiovascular 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.

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 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?

We offer this trip between the beginning of March and the end of November. In our opinion there is no bad time for walking in the Cotswolds but would especially recommend the spring and autumn. 

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred daily from door to door. 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 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.

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 meals are included?

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 nearby pubs and restaurants.

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.

Very Nice Hiking Trip

4

Walking into the numerous Cotswold Towns was fabulous. Each town was unique and just oh so pretty. Tea and scones at little tea rooms were a must. Each hotel was perfectly located in the center of each village. Well done Macs.

John from Canada

Ontario, Canada

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review of Cotswolds in comfort

5

I thought Macs Adventure did an excellent job. The maps and step by step directions were good. The accomodations were excellent, except the Wesley House in Winchcombe. It's a little shabby - I would try to find a different hotel. The bag transfers went without a hitch. The only information I would add is about the taxis. You should tell clients that they need to be arranged ahead of time, when that day's walk seems too far. We learned that the hard way one day when we had gone 9 miles, and decided that was enough, but couldn't get any cab to come. Also tell clients that the hotels can call you a local cab easily, which we used to go to Hidecote Gardens near Chipping Campden. We also found that to call each other the code was 001, and to call a phone in the UK was 0044, which was different than your information sheets. Other than that, a great job, and we're signed up with you again in Sept. for Bernese Oberlands in Style! Jim Graeter

Jim

Wash DC

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Fantastic!

5

Everything was well organized - suitcases picked up and delivered on time. Accommodations were fantastic and easy to find. Maps and directions easy to follow but highly recommend the app. Will book another trip soon!

AnnieMac

Daytona Beach

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Mostly a wonderful trip

4

This is my second trip with MACS Adventures and overall very pleased. With the exception of The Lions Inn in Winchcombe, all accommodations were EXCELLENT. Suitcase transport was flawless and our luggage was always at the hotel upon our arrival. Breakfasts were always hardy and good. We generally ate dinner at the hotels - often the brasserie instead of the more expensive restaurant. Instructions were good, but it is very important to follow them and read the one before and the one next so as not to go astray and be sure to check the map if in doubt. One wrong turn can result in many more miles of walking. Also note taxis or bus service not always available from one town to the next if you choose not to walk the entire way.

JB & Friend

USA

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The Cotswolds lived up to expectations

4

The concept fabulous. Staff helpful. Luggage delivery faultless. Layover day is genius idea. Loved being in Broadway with museum there as well as good shops, but Avoid Chipping Campden on weekend as Superior room not available and standard is cramped and austere. The nicer rooms on the In Style pkg are really nicer! We learned this by contrasting experience in a second hotel also that couldn't manage our last-minute plan so gave us a cramped standard room. But we still had a wonderful time and would do it all over again. Sundays tricky as stores closed and restaurants open seem to focus on a midday nice meal, not evening. If you like a washcloth, take one, as 3/5 don't have them. Most important, take an ADAPTER PLUG so you can charge your phone!

Wandering Wendy

Northern California

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Beautiful countryside and fine weather

3

We were lucky to have near perfect conditions. We condensed the walk to four walking days rather than five, each about 13 - 14 miles and that worked well for us. Mostly gentle walking but there are a few steep hills to climb but the directions explain all of that. The instructions were clear and mostly easy to follow but the map provided is necessary as well. Kayleigh also sent us the gpx files for the sat nav which were useful. Baggage transfers were perfect, luggage always there to meet us on arrival at each new place. All of the accommodation was good and the staff were helpful and friendly everywhere we went. We did find the food in the pubs a bit overpriced. £13.95 for a nice but ordinary burger is a bit over the top. Apart from that it was all a positive experience.

Ramblingon

Hertfordshire

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Highly Recommended

5

An incredible experience. Super well organized. The walking instructions were first class. The hotels were very nice and the little town we walked through and stay at, were so beautiful. We had a blast.

Merry Men

Holland

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I would highly recommend the "Cotswolds in Style"

5

A wonderful way to see quintessential England

DMT

Melbourne Australia

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Walking the Cotswolds

4

When there is a long distance between two directions,such as more than 500 meters, directions should be excessively clear, with clear landmarks: for ex.: " make sure you take the path on the right of the fence" Sometimes tricky to understand in a language that is not our main language Review instructions with a tourist from outside the UK

gigaut

Ste-Adele, Canada, franch speaking

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A Monarch´s walk at the Heart of England

4

Now I will get one of these every year!

Raul Walker

Rio de Janeiro

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The Cotswolds in Comfort

4.4 18

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