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Cotswolds Walking Holidays

With Cotswold walks, you can expect quintessential England; landscapes of lush and green rolling hills, incredibly picturesque and pretty countryside, and charming villages scattered in between. Whether you choose to walk the Cotswold Way, a National Trail, beginning in Chipping Camden and providing the opportunity to walk all the way to the great Roman city of Bath, or the Cotswold Trail, a circular walk that takes you through the delightful villages of Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water.

As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds has pristine gardens, honey-coloured cottages, castles, stately homes and ancient ruins. Whichever walking holiday you choose, from a short escape to The Thames Path, they all include hand-picked accommodations, door to door luggage transfers, comprehensive information packs and route notes, maps and emergency support. For more information on walking in the Cotswolds, you can Download our Free Guide.

  • The Cotswold Way

    The Cotswold Way is a unique part of England, the England of many people's imagination.  This video gives you an overview of the route, the services that we offer and the best way to experience this National Trail.  

Discover The Cotswolds

  • 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-coloured glow. The drystone 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