Cotswold Way (The South)

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  • Walking the southern section of the Cotswold Way to Bath
  • Views of England’s most beautiful landscapes
  • Wandering through the quiet lanes of picturesque Cotswold villages
  • Enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere of a Cotswold country pub
  • Bath, home to some of England’s most amazing Georgian architecture
Walk the southern section of the Cotswold Way from Painswick, through the beauty of the Cotswolds, to Bath. The southern section of the Cotswold Way explores the quintessential English countryside of the Cotswolds. A beautiful green landscape of rolling farmland, quiet woodland and picturesque villages. Your walk ends is the city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and surely one of England's most beautiful cities. The trail runs through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and passes through a succession of enchanting English villages, featuring brimming with fine architecture.

What To Expect

The southern section of the Cotswold Way takes you through quintessentially lovely green countryside and picturesque villages with quaint stone churches and colourful flower gardens. Another highlight is finishing in the lovely Georgian city of Bath, where there is lots to see and do.

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

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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
  • 6 Nights hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed information pack, maps and guide book
  • Emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to Painswick
  • Travel from Bath
  • 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.

Getting to the Start

Painswick is accessible from London with a train service to Stroud. From Stroud there are taxi or bus services are available for the 4 miles from Stroud to Painswick.

Please check the National Rail website for train times and schedules and the also the National Express website for bus times and schedules.

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 Painswick Day 2 Painswick to King’s Stanley - 9 miles 9.2 miles / 14.8 km Day 3 King's Stanley to Wotton-Under-Edge 15 miles / 24 km Day 4 Wotton-Under-Edge to Old Sodbury 12.6 miles / 20.3 km Day 5 Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton 9.2 miles / 14.8 km Day 6 Cold Ashton to Bath 10.1 miles / 16.3 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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