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The Cotswold Way

A Relaxing Week in one of England's Most Scenic Areas

The Cotswold Way is one of England's nationally recognised long distance paths. At about 100 miles (160 kms), it is just about the perfect length for a week's walking.

The route runs north to south along the west side of the Cotswold Hills, starting at Chipping Campden, going through the Stroud Valley, and finishing at Bath. You will stay in comfortable accommodation in picture postcard villages of honey coloured stone, with the bonus of a last night among the magnificent architecture of Bath, with its fine terraces, top quality restaurants, and Roman baths and spas (try an hour or two the spa for your last night).

The walking is all on good waymarked paths and tracks. The walk is not particularly strenuous, but it does track up and down over the escarpment and rolling hilltops; so you should be a regular walker.

The published itinerary is for 8 nights (7 days walk) in good guest houses and B&Bs but, as always, we can adapt the itinerary and accommodation to suit your own particular requirements.

What's Included

  • Accommodation with breakfast for 8 nights in good quality guest houses
  • Door to Door luggage transfer
  • Comprehensive Tour Pack with route notes, maps, and details on accommodation and transport

Optional Extras

  • An evening in the Spa at Bath
  • Shorter or longer itinerary to suit your schedule

Price - £515.00 per person

For 2 people sharing a room for 8 nights - single occupancy supplement is £220.00

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Getting There

Chipping Campden is easy to reach from Birmingam, and Bath has good rail connections to Bristol, Birmingham and London. Please contact us for more details.

All photographs on this page are by Christopher Knowles

 

Itinerary (8 nights)

Total Distance - 99 miles, 159k
Longest Day - 16 miles, 26k
Average Day - 14miles, 22k

Itinerary can be adapted for shorter or longer walks each day
Available from April to end of September

Day 1 - Arrive and overnight in Chipping Campden

45 minutes by train and bus from Birmingham

Day 2 - Chipping Campden to Stanton - 10 mls, 16k

A short climb, soon rewarded by fine views at Dover's Hill and a break for a cuppa at the pretty village of Broadway; then more rolling hills to overnight at the picturesque village of Stanton

Day 3 - Stanton to Cleeve Hill - 13.5 miles, 22k

Plenty historical interest today - you will pass an iron age fort and mediaeavel abbey before you reach Winchcombe, and the fine church with its amazing gargoyles. From there, you pass Sudely Castle and a neolithic burial chamber. Start early if you want to explore everything. Overnight in Cleeve Hill

Day 4 - Cleeve Hill - Birdlip - 15.5 miles, 25k

Fine views over the Cotswold escarpment, and later at the ominous sounding "Devils Chimney." Stay at a traditional inn overnight at Birdlip

Day 5 - Birdlip - Kings Stanley - 16 miles, 26k

Mainly through woodland, but opening out to expansive vistas to the west. Overnight Birdlip

Day 6 - Kings Stanley - Wotton-under - Edge - 14 miles, 23k

Along the edge of the escarpment, with a few sharp up and down section. Overnight Wotton

Day 7 Wotton - Tormarton - 15 miles, 24k

Mainly low level, in lovely green countryside, Peace and tranquility as you walk on leafy lanes alongside streams and small rivers. Overnight Tormarton

Day 8 Tormarton - Bath - 15 miles, 24k

A gentle finish to your walk, with a fine outlook over the city, as you approach Bath, your last overnight stop

Day 9 Depart Bath

Good rail and bus connections to Birmingham, Bristol and London