"We absolutely loved the trail, the English Countryside, the peacefulness and lack of tourists. The trail was very well managed and easily navigable with the help of your directions."- Ken P.
Villages straight out of Harry Potter, replete with limestone cottages, thatched roofs and winding cobblestone roads.
Famous archeology sites including Hetty Pegler’s Tump and Belas Knap. Roman era and Iron Age Hill Forts abound on the higher promontories.
Easy-to-moderate hiking days. While some days can be long underfoot, the Cotswolds Way is never strenuous. The high point on Cleeve Common is only 900 feet above sea level indicating that is impossible to have a very protracted period of ascent.
Quintessential England is, perhaps, the best way to describe the Cotswolds of west-central England. Peaceful villages welcome travelers with warm stone cottages and intimate B&B’s. Winding country lanes, cobblestoned and lined with dry-stone walls, guide explorers through a tapestry of quiet tearooms and cozy pubs. Stately hedgerows divide a fanciful realm of rolling hillsides and mysterious woods. It is not surprising that so many stories, from Harry Potter to Peter Rabbit, arise from this magical corner that many people refer to as a “Christmas card come to life.”
Fortunately, you don’t have to fight Lord Voldemort to explore this storybook heart of England. The Cotswolds Way offers hikers a 102-mile walking path that snakes southward from Chipping Campden to the World Heritage City of Bath. The Cotswold Way achieved national trail status in 2007 and cleverly connects a patchwork of rolling hills, idyllic villages, and ancient settlements dating back more than 6000 years.
Independent transfer to Chipping Campden. This is a delightful journey from London in about two hours by train. Overnight in a fine four star hotel.
Exit Chipping Campden through rolling farmland and soon follow Mile Drive to Broadway Tower, one of the famous follies of the region. Lunch in Broadway, one of the Cotswolds most classic towns. Continue on to Stanton, perhaps the simplest and most charming Cotswolds village. Overnight in a simple Bed and Breakfast.
This is a long day which can be broken up into two short ones. Begin with a lovely ramble through the hamlet of Stanway and continue on to Haile’s Abbey built by the brother of Edward II . Enjoy lunch in Winchecombe before continuing on to the Cotswolds Way highpoint on Cleeve Common. Spend the first of two nights in a very well appointed Bed and Breakfast.
Spend today high above Cheltenham, one of England’s prettier spa cities known for its Steeplechase grounds. Enjoy a pub lunch at the Reservoir Inn before a climb through atmospheric Lineover Wood and Ravensgare Hill. Finish at the Seven Springs Pub. Pick up and return to your Cleeve Hill hotel.
This is a unique stage of the Cotswolds Way in that it is almost entirely in woodlands.
Begin in the Witcombe Wood and visit the fascinating Witcombe Roman Villa. Pass the Double Gloucester Cheese Round Rolling Competition site at Cooper’s Hill before traversing to Painswick (the “Queen” of the Cotswolds). Overnight in a fine Bed and Breakfast.
Begin with a long and pleasant traverse through Stockend Wood before ascending briefly to the Haresfield Beacon, a Roman Hill fort. Continue through the atmospheric Standish Wood and begin a lengthy descent into Stonehouse. Overnight in a fine hotel.
The walk begins in the ancient mill town of Kings Stanley. Pass by the famous Long Barrow and Hetty Pegler’s Tump (a Neolithic Chambered Mound). Ascend and traverse the lovely Cam Long Down and descend to Dursley for a pub lunch. Climb to the impressive Tyndall Monument before descent into Wotton Under Edge. Overnight in an excellent B&B.
Walk through the charming hamlets of Alderley and Hillesley and on to Hawkesbury Upton. Enjoy a classic pub lunch in this classic Cotswolds village. Continue down Bath Lane to the beautiful hamlets of Horton and Sodbury. Cross over Doddington Park to Tormarton and a good hotel.
Transfer to Cold Ashton (unless you are a purist) and wander through lovely farmland to the battle site of Lansdown Hill. Pass the Bath Racecourse and descend to this famous town. The routing through Bath takes you past the beautiful Royal Crescent and finishes at the Roman Baths. Overnight in an excellent hotel and celebrate your achievement in one of Bath’s excellent restaurants.
Afternoon flights out of London can easily be met.