10 Frequently Asked Questions about Walking in the Cotswolds
There are so many considerations when walking in the Cotswolds. Our team of experts has come up with their list of FAQs so you have all of the information you need before heading out to explore the pathways and lanes of England’s Cotswolds region.
How fit do I need to be?
We offer a range of itineraries, so you can choose your preferred daily distance and find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. The Cotswolds are full of rolling and hilly terrain and pasture land, so we suggest finding similar terrain in your neighborhood for regular walks. We suggest supplementing your walks with cardiovascular exercise for at least six months before your trip. A good gym or personal trainer is another route to go as they’ll be able to draw up a personalized training program.
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 historic monuments/buildings 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 equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, a raincoat, and waterproof pants, a day pack and hats/gloves etc. For more details, you can read our blog – What to Pack for Walking in the Cotswolds.
When is the best time of year?
The Cotswold Way is sublime at any time between the end of March and the beginning of October, although the path is arguably at its most beautiful in the spring.
Bourton-on-Water, a great example of a typical Cotswold village
Am I able to take my dog?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the hotels, B&Bs and inns that we work with 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.
Are there places to stop for lunch?
Most routes are pretty remote, so we would recommend taking a packed lunch with you. Luckily, the Cotswolds is the ideal place to stock up on packed lunch supplies. Not only will most of your accommodations be happy to make you a packed lunch, but there are some fantastic bakeries in the towns you will stay so that you can stock up on some delicious, fresh goods for your day on the trail.
Where can I get the best cream tea?
Cream teas are the lifeblood of the Cotswolds, but make no mistake: these are not just about scones, clotted cream, and a cup of tea. The ‘cream teas’ you will encounter come in all shapes and sizes, from delicate blends of tea, carefully crafted for you, to towering cake stands filled with a variety of creative sweet treats.
Some of the best you will encounter on our trips are The Marshmallow Tearooms in Moreton-on-Marsh, Badger’s Hall in Chipping Campden, Tisanes in Broadway and the Lords of the Manor hotel just outside Bourton-on-the-Water.
Where is the prettiest village in the Cotswolds?
This is a tough one, as there are many. The best thing to do is to check out our blog post: 5 of the Best Villages in the Cotswolds