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Cotswold Way - 8 Days & 7 Nights

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 159 reviews
  • Walking the Cotswold Way, one of England's finest National Trails.
  • Explore Broadway, Stanton and other pretty villages of the Cotswolds.
  • Enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere of a Cotswold country pub.
  • Fine walking through quintessential English countryside.
  • Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage city, at the end of the Cotswold Way.
Walk the Cotswold Way, one of England's finest National Trails, over six walking days. An average of 17 miles per day suits walkers looking for a more challenging itinerary. The Cotswold Way explores the quintessential English landscapes and villages of the Cotswolds. The Cotswold Way begins in Chipping Campden, home of the annual Olimpick Games. Heading south you pass through a succession of enchanting English villages, featuring typical Cotswold cottages, historic houses, welcoming country pubs and inviting shops. Broadway, Stanton and Winchcombe are just a few of the honeyed villages that you will enjoy before you reach the end of the Cotswold Way in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What To Expect

This tour explores the beautiful Cotswolds in 8 to 12 days. The choice is yours! If your idea of heaven is beautiful green countryside, picturesque villages, delicious local food and really getting to know a landscape and its people then you will adore the Cotswold Way.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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

This trip is suitable for:

First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

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Activity Level & 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.

Accommodations

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
  • Hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels.
  • Door to door baggage transfers.
  • A detailed information pack, maps and a guide book.
  • Emergency telephone support
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.

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

Train services connect London to Moreton-in-Marsh (2h) and Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon (1h). If you wish to take a taxi from Moreton-in-Marsh this will need to be booked ahead of time as there is no taxi rank at the station or in the town. The cost is about £25. Please check the following website for taxi information and to pre-book. Or you can walk from the station to the Corn Exchange (a 5 minute walk) and from here you can take a bus to Chipping Camden. It is the Line 22 bus, it takes approximately 25 minutes and the buses leave hourly (approx £3 cost). Please note buses do not run on Sundays.

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.

Luggage 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 Winchcombe 18.3 miles / 29.4 km Day 3 Winchcombe to Seven Springs 14.3 miles / 23 km Day 4 Seven Springs to Painswick 14.7 miles / 23.6 km Day 5 Painswick to Dursley 7.3 miles / 11.7 km Day 6 Dursley to Old Sodbury 17.5 miles / 28.2 km Day 7 Old Sodbury to Bath 9 miles / 14.6 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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