Itinerary (4 nights)
Total Distance - 45 miles, 72k
Longest Day - 16 miles, 26k
Average Day - 15miles, 24k
Itinerary can be adapted to start and finish at any of the overnight stops.
Available from April to end of September
Day 1 - Arrive and overnight in Winchcombe
Winchcombe, meaning "valley with a bend," has everything you would expect in the English country town of your imagination. Fine old fashioned shops, pubs and restaurants, a mixture of stone and half timbered cottages, it even has its own castle, complete with its own famous person's tomb - that of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife.
Day 2 - Winchcombe to Chipping Campden - 16 mls, 25.6k
Gentle walking for the most part, getting onto the lower Cotswold slopes later in the walk. Good stopping places along the way are Hailes Abbey and Broadway Tower, as well as the delightful villages of Stanway and Stanton, and the fine old wool town of Broadway. Plenty opportunites for cream teas. Overnight in Chipping Campden
Day 3 - Chipping Campden to Stow-on-the-Wold - 15 miles, 24k
A special day's walk right through the heart of the Cotswolds. After passing the fine arboretum at Batsford, you have miles of great vistas as you pass through another fine Cotswold village at Moreton-in-Marsh. More open hills, but plenty of opportunities for cream teas, as you walk on through Longborough and Broadwell, before reaching the delightful stone cottages adn antique shops of Stow-on-the-Wold. Overnight in Stow-one-the-Wold
Day 4 - Stow-on-the-Wold to Winchcombe - 14 miles, 22.5k
Another great mix of walking on the rolling wolds adn stopping at picture postcard villages. Upper and Lower Slaughter and Naunton and Guiting are among the villages you will visit before passing Sudely Castle and onwards to complete your walk at Winchcombe.
Day 5 Depart Winchcombe
Winchcombe is only a short taxi ride from Cheltenham, easily reached by train from London, Bristol and the south, and Birmingham and the north.