Cotswold Way Walking Holiday
Cotswold Way Walking Holiday
11 Nights Self Guided - 98 Miles
29th Mar to 20th September 14
£725 Per Person Based Upon 2 Sharing
For many, the rolling countryside of The Cotswold Way is the epitome of an English walking holiday. You will walk through some incredible scenery and visit several historic towns and villages.
Day 1 Arrive Chipping Campden
Day 2 Chipping Campden to Stanton - 10 miles.
Day 3 Stanton to Winchcombe - 7 miles
Day 4 Winchcombe to Ham Hill - 10 miles
Day 5 Ham Hill to Birdlip - 12 miles
Day 6 Birdlip to Painswick - 7 miles
Day 7 Painswick to Kings Stanley - 9 miles
Day 8 Kings Stanley to Wotton-under-Edge - 13 miles
Day 9 Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury - 11 miles
Day 10 Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton - 9 miles
Day 11 Cold Ashton to Bath - 10 miles
Day 12 Departure
* Bed and Breakfast accommodation
* Maps and route details
* Luggage transfers
* Emergency support
The Cotswold Way starts in the beautiful Cotswold market town of Chipping Campden, from where it is a true pilgrimage southwards through the undulating Cotswold landscape to the Regency city of Bath with, at its heart, the glorious medieval Abbey. Chipping Campden itself has much to attract and delay the visitor, with its honey-coloured stone and Cotswold vernacular architecture. Along the route you will follow field paths, drove roads, saltways and green lanes as they meander up and down the Cotswold escarpment and pass through many fine Cotswold towns and villages. This is an ancient landscape with Iron Age remains, dissected by the Roman Foss Way and with memories of the Civil War, but also one of current natural beauty.
Grade: Easy (Please note that although the Cotswold Way is renowned for its beauty rather than its difficulty, we do recommend that you are reasonably fit before undertaking this walk).
There is much more information about this walk on the National Trails website
You will normally be staying in a town or village where there is at least one place to buy an evening meal. On the rare occasion that this is not possible, we will book you into an accommodation which provides an evening meal (this is not included in the holiday price). Lunches can usually be bought on route and we can advise you of the days when this is not possible. On these days you can book a packed lunch from your accommodation by letting them know the night before or we can book it for you. These usually cost about £5. Alternatively, most of the towns and villages in which you stay have shops where you can buy items to make up your own packed lunch.
When to Go:
April, May and June are when everything comes to life so it is very green, wild flowers are abundant and blossom abounds. July and August tend to be the warmest months, but it is rarely so warm as to be uncomfortable for walking or cycling. September tends to be one of the most pleasant times in the countryside and is quieter as most people with children have finished their holidays. By October the days are getting shorter and the weather is much more changeable.
By Car: Detailed route plans can be provided on request.
By Air: The most convenient airports are Bristol, London Heathrow or London Stansted.
By Rail: There is a regular train service from London Paddington to Morton in Marsh, which is a short (5 mile) taxi ride from the start of the holiday at Chipping Campden.
From Bath Spa Station there is a frequent train service to London Paddington where you can connect to the rest of the country (journey takes around 90 minutes).
Day 2 Chipping Campden to Stanton.
From Chipping Campden you begin walking the Cotswold Way by following paths over Dover's Hill and Fish Hill to reach Broadway Tower with its extensive views. A steep descent leads into Broadway. It is easy to see why it has become a tourist magnet with its beautiful Cotswold stone houses, the Lygon Arms Hotel and well-kept greens. The route then leads you over Shenberrow Hill where there is an iron age hill fort and descends to Stanton, one of the prettiest villages in the country.~ 10 miles
Day 3 Stanton to Winchcombe.
Today's route leads you via Beckbury Camp to Hailes, where the ruins of the abbey are worth visiting, as too is the older church opposite. From here you follow the historic route of the Pilgrim's Way to your accommodation in Winchcombe. ~ 7 miles
Day 4 Winchcombe to Ham Hill.
South of Winchcombe lies Sudeley Castle and further on, the stone age burial mound of Belas Knap. Then Cleeve Common leads you to the fine viewpoint of Cleeve Hill.You then follow the plateau south to Ham Hill. ~ 10 miles
Day 5 Ham Hill to Birdlip.
You soon pass Dowdeswell Reservoir and later on the source of the River Thames can be seen at Seven Springs before a fine section along Charlton Kings Common with superb views over Leckhampton Hill to Devil's Chimney. At Crickley Hill there is an important archaeological site with hill forts of various ages, the oldest dating from 2500BC. From Barrow Wake on a clear day you can see well beyond Gloucester and May Hill to the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons in Wales. ~ 12 miles
Day 6 Birdlip to Painswick.
From Birdlip the Cotswold Way follows a path through beech woods to Cooper's Hill, famous for cheese rolling on Whit Monday each year. A short detour can be made to visit Prinknash Abbey before more woodland paths lead you to Painswick Beacon, another fine viewpoint. ~ 7 miles
Day 7 Painswick to Kings Stanley.
Today's route takes you over Scottsquarr Hill and Haresfield Beacon, one of the best viewpoints on the Cotswold Way. The descent to the Stroud Valley is through beech woods and fields to reach the Stroudwater Canal. ~ 9 miles
Day 8 Kings Stanley to Wotton-under-Edge.
By way of Coaley Peak, the route regains the Cotswold escarpment at Frocester Hill. The long barrow at Hetty Pegler's Tump and the hill fort at Uleybury can be visited before reaching Dursley. Beyond Stinchcombe Hill the route crosses Nibley Knoll with its Tyndale's Monument. More woods and fields brong you to your accommodation in Wotton-under-Edge.~ 13 miles
Day 9 Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury.
The route today is via Blackquarries Hill to the villages of Wortley and Alderley. Kilcott Mill is a picturesque spot to linger before passing the Somerset Monument and reaching Hawkesbury Upton, with its village pond. Horton Court is an interesting medieval hall, owned by the National Trust. The impressive hill fort on Sodbury Hill is passed before reaching Old Sodbury. ~ 11 miles
Day 10 Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton.
Today you pass the National Trust property of Dyrham Park, a stately home built between 1691 and 1702 complete with ancient deer park. Fields and woodland paths are followed, leading yo your accommodation in the village of Cold Ashton. ~ 9 miles
Day 11 Cold Ashton to Bath (which has a railway station).
The final day's walking takes you over Hanging Hill to Penn Hill, from where you will get views of journey's end in Bath. The route into the city leads you close to the Royal Crescent before reaching Bath Abbey. There is, of course, much to see in this fascinating historic city. ~ 10 miles
Day 12 Departure.
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