The Cotswolds are defined by rolling hills with magical views, idyllic scarp foot villages and lush valleys dotted with honey coloured stone farms and pretty market towns. This tour has been designed by us to embrace many of the Cotswold highlights. Your route includes some very well worn Cotswold walks and some little known footpaths.
You'll discover innumerable stunning hamlets and visit Broadway, Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold, the Slaughters, Bourton on the Water, Winchcombe and Chipping Campden. History and wildlife abound, cosy inns beckon and timeless, glorious landscapes will refresh. The itinerary is relaxed and we have chosen a characterful mix of hotels for you to enjoy and relax in at the end of each day.
As Stratford on Avon is so close, we have added the option of an additional day at the start of the tour for those wanting to take a close look at the town where Shakespeare spent so much time.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Stratford on Avon. The 6 night tour starts on a Saturday with your arrival in Stratford on Avon. Check into your hotel located in the heart of the town and your guide will meet you there after lunch. He will show you the Stratford that Shakespeare knew including the houses where he and his family lived. You may also wish to enjoy a Shakespeare play in the evening at the Stratford Theater.
Day 2: Chipping Campden - Optional 3 miles (5 km) or 5 miles (7 km). Take time to further explore Stratford this morning before your hosts meet you. He will run through your itinerary and familiarize you with the route before transferring you to Chipping Campden. The 5 night tour starts here in Chipping Campden on Sunday where a warm welcome awaits at your hotel in the village. Often described as the jewel of the Cotswolds, this honey colored stone village has quite a history to unravel. If you are into gardens, we suggest an afternoon visit to the nearby gems of Hidcote and Kiftsgate. For those keen to get walking there is a short circular route through shaded woodlands and past breathtaking views.
Day 3: Chipping Campden to Moreton in Marsh - 8 miles (13 km). Today's walk takes you through several charming villages as you wend your way up and then down to the market town of Moreton in Marsh. Follow a charming brook through a steep sided valley to enter hilly grazing land. Flank woodlands, ancient parks and take in Batsford Arboretum if that appeals. Several cosy pubs mark the route and some stunning views.
Day 4: Moreton in Marsh to Bourton on Water - 12 miles (19 km). Full of interest, this walk takes you over the high wolds and through some idyllic villages to Stow on the Wold with its characterful market square and antique shops. Its then a downhill walk through picturesque water meadows and a mill on the river Dickler to charming Lower Slaughter. A little further on lies Bourton on Water, nestled in a valley with the River Windrush flowing through its heart. Sometimes described as the Venice of the Cotswolds, the village has your hotel discreetly located at its center.
Day 5: Bourton on Water to Winchcombe - 12 miles (20 km). Perhaps the tour's most idyllic day of walking, you follow the Windrush Valley this morning and discover yet more classic Cotswold villages. The footpath leads through sheltered woods before you take a very pretty descent down the Cotswold scarp with amazing views. Stop at Sudeley Castle if you wish, where many Royal tales can be told before relaxing in Winchcombe - an unspoilt small Cotswold town.
Day 6: Winchcombe to Broadway - 10 miles (16 km). Walking for much of the time below the scarp face of the Cotswolds, this is a gentle day - a lowland treasure of long views and tiny villages, of superb specimen trees and individual buildings that make you pause and wonder. There's splendor, peace and finally the bustle of Broadway where you will spend your last night.
Day 7: Broadway to Chipping Campden - 4 miles (7 km). This is a dramatic end to the tour with a short but steep ascent up the Cotswold scarp to the Broadway Tower with its stunning panoramic view. This is not the only big view of the day before you slip quietly into elegant Chipping Campden, a market town without equal and a fitting finish to the highlights of the Cotswolds. We will meet you after lunch and if you wish transfer you to Moreton in Marsh station.
Supplemental Tour Information:
- Start and finish: 5 night tour starts Sundays and is circular from Chipping Campden. 6 night tour starts Saturdays from Stratford on Avon, finishes Chipping Campden
- Walking mileage: 5 or 6 days of walking 4 - 12 miles (6 - 19 km) per day
- Grade out of 5 based on distance and elevation: 2
- Terrain: rolling.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
Classic £595 per person based on two people sharing a room. for 5 nights. 6 night tour £695 per person
Luxury £780 per person based on two people sharing a room. for 5 nights. 6 night tour £970 per person
* Characterful and historic
* High quality 3, 4 and 5 star hotels
- Breakfast every day during the tour
- The services of our friendly hosts to coordinate your travel and brief you on your route
- Emergency support provided by your host
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- A tour brochure
- Safeguarding of your payment.
- Travel to and from the tour start and finish points
- Entrances to attractions unless specified
- Alcoholic beverages
- Mini bars
- Meals pre and post the tour.
All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.
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