Cotswolds Walking Tours

The Cotswolds is the heart and soul of rural England. Expect landscapes of lush and green rolling hills, incredibly picturesque countryside with traditional stone walls and sheep dotted pastures. Step back in time and visit charming villages with yellow stone walls and thatched-roof cottages.

Walk the Cotswold Way, a National Trail, beginning in the ancient market town of Chipping Camden and finishing in the UNECSO World Heritage City of Bath where you can admire the striking Roman architecture. Also, enjoy a relaxing getaway with accommodation in hand-selected boutique country hotels by Bourton-on-the-water also known as the “Venice of the Cotswolds” - because of it's idyllic river-side location. 

A self-guided walking tour opens this iconic area of England. You’ll soon realize why it’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as you pass through its pristine gardens, honey-colored hamlets, historic castles, stately homes, and ancient ruins.

For all the information you will ever need, please download our Free Guide to Walking in the Cotswolds.

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  • Cotswolds FAQs
    Cotswolds FAQs

    Q: When is the best time of year to walk in the Cotswolds?

    A: The Cotswolds are sublime at any time between the end of March and the beginning of October. Spring is a wonderful time of year to walk in the Cotswolds as the countryside is covered in wildflowers. Spring is also a quieter month for tourism, so you will find the paths and towns a lot less busy. 

    Q: Will I need a map and compass?

    A: There are different paths in the Cotswolds, but none of them requires great navigational skills. The Cotswold Way is well waymarked, however the other trips, we have constructed ourselves to showcase the best of the Cotswolds.  We will provide comprehensive route notes and Cotswold Maps, but you can also download our app, which has the routes already loaded. 

    Q: What gardens can I visit in the area?

    A: 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.

    Q: Where can I get the best cream tea?

    A: Cream teas are the lifeblood of the Cotswolds, with delicate blends of tea, carefully crafted for you, and towering cake stands filled with a variety of creative sweet treats. Some of the best you will encounter on our trips would be 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.

  • Essential Cotswold Way Facts
    Essential Cotswold Way Facts

    Wool - The Cotswolds were manly built on the wool trade and you can still see many examples of mills on your walks. Many of the impressive local buildings were built with money from the wool trade. The local sheep are called the 'Cotswold Lions' and have been brought back from the brink of extinction. 

    Outstanding Beauty - The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Beauty in England, and the second-largest protected area after the Lake District. The Cotswolds are rural England at its most stunning, the towns and villages with their warm honey limestone facades adding charm and beauty to the natural wonder that surrounds them. 

    Unique Local Customs - There are a lot of very interesting local customs, which you can participate in should you be visiting the area at that time of year. There is an annual cheese rolling at Coopers Hill, Birdlip, where contestants roll wheels of Double Gloucester cheese down a hill.  There is also a football game in Bourton on Water where the goalposts are either side of a river! These are only the tip of the iceberg too. 

    Limestone - The Limestone is what gives the Cotswolds villages and churches their honey-colored glow. The dry stone walls built in the Cotswolds are everywhere and you will walk alongside many on your travels. If you laid them end to end they would stretch further than the Great Wall of China

  • The Cotswold Way

    The Cotswold Way is a way marked National Trail in the south of England.  It takes you through the green rolling hills of the Cotswolds, through honey-colored villages with thatched roofs and olde-worlde charm, finishing up in the Roman City of Bath.