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Self-guided walking holiday England: Cotswolds Escape
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Highlights

  • Enjoy a quick getaway to the beautiful Cotswold countryside filled with sheep dotted pastures
  • The idyllic village of Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as “Venice of the Cotswolds”
  • Overnight in hand-selected boutique country hotels
  • Peaceful walking trails alongside the bubbling Windrush River
  • Treat yourself to English tea and homemade cakes at one of the many tempting tea rooms

Enjoy a quick getaway to the beautiful Cotswold countryside on this short tour based in the charming market town of Moreton-in-Marsh and the idyllic village of Bourton-on-the-Water.

Follow trails through green rolling landscapes visiting honey-colored villages such as the unspoiled 17th century village of Lower Slaughter and Stow-on-the-Wold, a charming market town filled with cozy pubs featuring roaring log fires.

Indulge in delicious homemade cakes at the many tea rooms or sip on a pint of “real ale” before retiring at night to your hand selected country hotels.

Day 1: Arrive Moreton-in-Marsh and overnight

A 2hr direct train journey will take you from London to Moreton-in-Marsh, one of the most important market towns in the Cotswolds. Serving travelers for over 1700 years, the wide main street is lined with cozy pubs serving hearty food, shops and galleries.


After enjoying a stroll around town, retire to your hotel and enjoy a delicious meal.


Dinner & Overnight: Moreton-in-Marsh


Day 2: Walk to Bourton-on-the-Water

Enjoy a delightful day of walking through sheep-dotted pastures and rolling green countryside. Reach Stow-on-the-Wold, your first taste of the chocolate box villages of the Cotswolds. Admire the honey-colored buildings draped with bright flowers and perhaps sample your first “real ale” in one of the many cosy pubs with roaring log fires.


Continue to Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the prettiest villages in England, and also known as “Venice of the Cotswolds”. With its attractive stone bridges crossing over the bubbling River Windrush running through the centre of the village, Bourton has a unique charm.  At the end of the day, treat yourself to English tea and delicious homemade cakes at one of the many tea rooms.


Walk: 11 miles / 17.6km, 520ft ascent/descent


Overnight: Bourton-on-the-Water


Day 3: Loop Walk from Bourton-on-the-Water

Following the River Windrush out of Bourton-on-the-Water you are quickly immersed in the Cotswold countryside. The day is punctuated by wide open views, quiet woodlands and secluded valleys.


Walk through Naunton, a delightful Cotswold village and then circle back along the Warden’s Way through iconic Cotswolds landscapes and the quaint villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter. Arrive back in Bourton-on-the-Water and enjoy a final night relaxing in the lovely Cotswolds.


Walk: 10.3 miles / 16 km, 590ft ascent/descent


Overnight: Bourton-on-the-Water


Day 4: Onward Travel

Check out after breakfast and a private transfer will take you back to Moreton-in-Marsh for onward travel connections. Alternatively , ask your Macs specialist about arranging extra nights in the Cotswolds if you have more time.

Accommodation

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodations. We have specifically selected the hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer warm English hospitality to walkers.


The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. We may sometimes have to use alternative hotels subject to availability but if this is the case we will always let you know when confirming your booking.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable.


Meals

A hearty cooked breakfast is served each morning. They typically consist of a selection of  eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, cheese, yogurt and coffee/tea. Lunches are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively you can buy lunch at local shops or stop in a café if available. Dinner is included at your accommodation in Moreton-in-Marsh.



 

 

 



	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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	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 small privately run hotel decorated in a contemporary country style. Enjoy its perfect location in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water.


 

 

 

Availability

This walking tour is best enjoyed between April and October. You
can start on any date that suits your travel plans subject to
availability. The Cotswolds are very popular so it is best to book as far
in advance as you are able to.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if
requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available
to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable. 


Grade & Terrain

This itinerary is rated moderate overall. The trail is on well maintained footpaths, across open fields and on some minor roads. The road walking is scenic and mostly along quiet lanes. The elevation gains are mostly fairly gentle and go up to 590ft in a day.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

This route is very well way-marked and navigation is quite
straightforward. On this tour you can also navigate using the Macs
Adventure Navigation Smartphone App, so you can simply download the GPX
tracks for offline use and follow the route with your phone with the
assurance that you will not get lost.


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
45lbs per person.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your
belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that
may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit
our travel insurance page by clicking this link


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.

Getting to Moreton-in-Marsh


We recommend flying into London Heathrow Airport. You can then jump on the Heathrow Express to London Paddington Train Station from where it is a direct 2hr train journey to Moreton-in-Marsh. 


Getting from Bourton-on-the-Water

You will be transferred back to Moreton-in-Marsh to connect with onward travel.


Please visit the Traveline Website or National Rail Enquiries for further information on public transport and timetables.

Included

  • 3 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 1 Evening meal in Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers as listed in itinerary
  • Information pack, GPX tracks, access to the Macs smartphone app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Lunches, drinks and snacks
  • Evening meals in Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Solo walker supplement if required

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.

How fit do I need to be?

This itinerary is rated easy-moderate overall. The trail is on well maintained footpaths, across open fields and on some minor roads. The road walking is scenic and mostly along quiet lanes. The elevation gains are mostly fairly gentle and go up to 590ft in a day.

What 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?

The Cotswolds are sublime at any time between the beginning of April and beginning of October although the path is arguably at its most beautiful in the Spring.

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