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Bourton-on-the-Water on the Cotswold Trail


  • Enjoying a circular walk through the beautiful English countryside
  • Wandering through picturesque villages, gardens and ancient sites
  • Absorbing the atmosphere at the local markets in the towns you pass through
  • Staying in handpicked accommodation that offers a warm welcome
  • Revelling in the views from Broadway Tower over the surrounding countryside

Walk between the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds and discover why the Cotswolds are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The trail meanders through the beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside visiting honey coloured villages, historic houses, immaculate gardens and ancient sites.

Your walk begins in Moreton-in-Marsh, a bustling market town with excellent rail links to London. Heading south through the classic countryside you pass through a series of impossibly beautiful villages before you reach Bourton-on-the-Water, a Cotswold gem. The route then turns west to Winchcombe before looping back to Moreton-in-Marsh via Stanton, Broadway and Chipping Campden.

Iconic 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.

We offer three different itineraries on the Cotswold Village Trail to suit your requirements. All cover the same 50 miles of walking but the lengthier itineraries give you a bit more time to relax and take in the sights.The trail is broken up into the following sections.

Arrive Moreton-in-Marsh

Moreton-in-Marsh is a one hour thirty five minute train journey from London Paddington.

One of the principle market towns in the Northern Cotswolds it 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.

Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water

As you start your walking tour of the Cotswolds you can look forward to the most delightful day of walking. Hopping between some of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds you soon 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, one of the prettiest village's in Britain and an absolute delight.

Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe

Following the River Windrush out of the Bourton-on-the-Water you are quickly immersed in the Cotswold countryside. Naunton is the first of several delightful Cotswold villages you visit.

The day is punctuated by wide open views, quiet woodlands and secluded valleys.
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.

Winchcombe to Broadway

Following the Cotswold Way you 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.

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.

Broadway 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 one of the finest views in England.

After enjoying the views from the tower enjoy a gentle stroll down to the honey coloured cottages, tea rooms and gift shops of Chipping Campden.

Chipping-Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh

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


We use handpicked, high quality B&B’s, guesthouses and country inns of typical Cotswold character. Honey coloured cottages, roaring log fires, comfortable country bedrooms and the warmest of welcomes are what we look for to make your stay extra special. We have included a few examples below to give you a better idea of what to expect.

Solo Walkers

This walking tour 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.


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.





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.







Broadlands Guesthouse - Bourton-on-the-Water

Broadlands Guesthouse - Bourton-on-the-Water

Broadlands Guest House is situated in a quiet street, a few minutes walk from the beautiful village centre. Accommodation is tastefully furnished to a high standard.







Cowley House - Broadway

Cowley House bed and breakfast is in a quiet location in the heart of one of the most beautiful of English villages and less than 50 yards from the many galleries, antique shops and restaurants in the High Street.




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.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This walking tour 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.


Most of the route is marked by a variety of waymarks but you need to be able to able to read a map and follow route descriptions closely.


This trip is graded between easy to moderate and moderate depending on which itinerary you choose. 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 12 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.

Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the tour itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you 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.

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.


  • Hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and country inn's
  • All breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer of one bag per person.
  • A detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.


  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage


  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement
  • Solo walker supplement

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?

The fitter you are the more you will enjoy your trip. The longer days can be shortened by using taxis or public transport 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.

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?

We offer this trip between April and October. In our opinion there is no bad time for walking in the Cotswolds but would especially recommend the spring and autumn. 

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.

How do baggage transfers work?

A 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.

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.

I will take walking/hiking trips organized by Macs again


Everything works out great and is well planned however the lack of communication beforehand left me hanging a bit


New York State


The Cotswold Trail


Macs Adventures took care of all of the logistics and planning, provided excellent trail guides - narrative description and interactive map for our iPhones, and generally provided excellent support for all aspects of the trip, which they customized for us by adding layover days.




Looking forward to another MACS trip


The on line and phone help plus the maps and notes made for an easy to follow trip. We liked the flexibility of setting our own times and pace. Finding our own meal spots was part of the adventure. Meeting other MACS Adventure hikers along the route was a bonus for us.

Eglon hiker

Kingston, WA, USA


The Cotswold Trail


Going at my own pace. Stopping where and when I wanted. Enjoying the moment.

Joy seeker

Alberta Canada


Great Hiking Trip


This trip was well organized by MacsAdventure. The Inns were all typically English but all different in appearance, very nice and accommodating and the breakfasts were very good. Our luggage was always at the next Inn when we got done with our day hike. The map on the phone app was very helpful in keeping on the varied trails. I would recommend this hike to anyone wanting an easy to moderate day hiking experience to get close to the rural English countryside. It is an easy 1 1/2 hour trail ride from Paddington Station in London.


Lake West Okoboji, Iowa


great trip


All aspects were great, friendly people, well organized


colorado springs co


I'd love to repeat this holiday!


Macs Adventure organized all very well. Their app was so useful I rarely got lost during walking. Every accommodation was lovely.

Tokyo Hiker

Tokyo, Japan


Another wonderful Macs Adventure


Yet another wonderful experience organised by Macs.


Newcastle, Australia


"Best Vacation Ever" said my wife


My wife and I are not athletes but we prepared for the walking experience. It was a walk we will not ever forget, with great locations to stay, beautiful route and countryside, reasonable distances, and luggage delivery without fail. The few questions and friction points we had were quickly dealt with. Two things you should consider before you do this trip. We could wish for a few more small towns along the way for refreshments; and several roads we crossed are very unsafe because the crossing are poorly sited and marked and drivers give no right of way to pedestrians--issues outside Macs control.

Bob in Lancaster



Great experience with Macs Adventures


We had a great experience with Macs and will recommend them friends and family.

Happy Hiker



The Cotswold Trail

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