The Cotswolds England Walking Tour

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the lovely Cotswolds villages
  • Visit Winchcombe
  • Visit eerie ruined arches of Hailes Abbey
  • Explore beautiful Evenlode Valley

Short Description

Covering some 800 square miles, the Cotswolds are England’s largest “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,” and it’s easy to see why. This region of ancient limestone villages and gentle hills… The simplicity of your self-guided Cotswolds England Walking Tour in this iconic area of England, makes travel here easy.

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Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Moreton-in-Marsh
End City Moreton-in-Marsh

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking

Destinations

United Kingdom England

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Trip Includes

  • Breakfast daily; beverages not included
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Orientation with a local representative
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Walking Connection and partnered staff

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moreton-in-Marsh

Accommodation: Moreton-in-Marsh

You may arrive at any time to the thriving market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, which has welcomed travelers for at least 1,700 years.

Day 2: Broadwell Crossroads to Lower Slaughter

Accommodation: Lower Slaughter

Broadwell Crossroads to Lower Slaughter; 6 miles, easy to moderate, 755-ft elevation gain and loss.

Stow-on-the-Wold EndglandToday takes you through a bucolic landscape of green pastures, farms, and lovely Cotswolds villages. You follow paths through wheat fields and copses of hawksbeard and buttercups, and descend to the antique-filled village of Stow-onthe- Wold, where you may stop for an early lunch overlooking the stocks on the village green. At the height of the Cotswold wool industry, this town was famous for its huge annual fairs where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold at one time. Listen for woodpeckers in oak woods on the way to your home for the next two nights in the tiny hamlet of Lower Slaughter.

Day 3: Layover day in Lower Slaughter or optional walk to Winchcombe

Accommodation: Lower Slaughter

Layover day in Lower Slaughter or optional walk to Winchcombe; 12 miles, moderate, 1,475-ft elevation gain, 1,575-ft elevation loss, or 7.8 miles, easy to moderate, 885-ft elevation gain, 1,150-ft elevation loss.

Located under two miles from Lower Slaughter and regularly voted the prettiest village in England, Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the showpieces of the region, and its hidden streets are full of tiny shops, Tudor houses, and gourmet restaurants to explore on your rest day. Or you may choose to walk to Winchcombe alongside the Windrush River, passing through the beautifully timeless villages of Naunton and Guiting Power (requires taxi transfers, at your own expense). The route crosses shady woodland before descending to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe and nearby Sudeley Castle, one of England’s most enchanting old estates, set against the quiet dignity of the Cotswold

hills. It is the final resting place of Queen Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife. There is an option to shorten the walk by taking a taxi to Naunton to start the walk to Sudeley Castle.

Day 4: Winchcombe to Broadway

Accommodation: Broadway

Winchcombe to Broadway; 11.1 miles,moderate, 1,640-ft elevation gain and loss or 10.1 miles, moderate, 1,640-ft elevation gain and loss.

England Walking FlowersToday a transfer is provided to the start of your walk in Winchcombe and you follow the Cotswolds Way and an ancient pilgrims’ route to the eerie ruined arches of Hailes Abbey. It’s a gentle climb up to the Iron Age Fortress at Beckbury Camp for superb valley views. After passing Stanway House’s magnificent gatehouse and tithe barn, enjoy a pub lunch in Stanton, and then amble through open meadows to charming Broadway, referred to as the “Jewel in the Cotswold Crown,” with its picturesque tree-lined High Street.

Day 5: Broadway to Chipping Campden

Accommodation: Chipping Camden

Broadway to Chipping Campden; 5.7 miles, easy to moderate, 820-ft elevation gain, 650-ft elevation loss.

Cotswold WayWalking beneath the Worcestershire Hills, your first stop is at Broadway’s Tower, the 18th-century folly inspired by Capability Brown, where you’re rewarded with stunning, unspoiled views. Located 1,024 feet atop Fish Hill, the tower is the second-highest point in the Cotswolds; it is said that in good weather 13 counties can be seen from here. The tower was built to satisfy a countess’s whim, and later was the home of William Morris, a 19th-century poet, painter, and social reformer. It’s a gentle descent to Chipping Campden, a charming town once famous for its wool trade, with many fine 14th-century buildings, a covered market, almshouses, and silversmith.

Day 6: Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh

Accommodation: Moreton-in-Marsh

Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh; 6.6 miles, easy to moderate, 885-ft elevation gain, 920-ft elevation loss.

Today’s route takes you to Blockley, an ideal stop for lunch, then you descend to Batsford, where you’ll discover an arboretum filled with spectacular coral bark maple and russet-berried mountain ash trees. The final stretch is an easy stroll to Moreton-in-Marsh, at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley, where your wonderful walking journey in the Cotswolds began six days ago.

Day 7: Departure from Moreton-in-Marsh

After breakfast, you transfer on your own for connections home or to your next destination.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Independent

Accomodations

Moreton-in-Marsh

On the main street of Moreton-in-Marsh, a 16th-century golden-stone manor converted into a classic country-house luxury hotel. Bedrooms are stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and warm colors, and feature views of the surrounding town and countryside. Common rooms include a library, inviting sofas, striking artwork, and an open terrace on the ground floor onto a tranquil garden with herbaceous borders, pathways, and a 300-year-old mulberry tree. Moreton-in-Marsh has been a market town since the 1,200s and a travelers’ stop for 1,700 years; its main street has many 18th-century inns and houses.

 

Lower Slaughter

Your two night stay will be at a rural manor converted into a stylish boutique hotel, blending traditional architecture and furniture with strategically placed modern art. Plush guest rooms incorporate vintage and handmade furnishings and luxurious linens. Occupying manicured gardens on the bank of the River Eye, the inn is just a 15- minute stroll along country paths to Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswolds’ bestknown village for its picturesque streets, series of bridges over the Windrush River, and bird habitat.

 

Broadway

A 16th-century coaching inn on the main street of the “Jewel of the Cotswolds” features tastefully appointed rooms surrounding a small central courtyard. Guestrooms, located in a converted wing, are luxuriously furnished and decorated in light colors. Bar, restaurant, and lounge areas on the ground floor have low beams, open fires, warm colors, and paneled walls. The honey-colored limestone buildings and garden-lined streets were an inspiration to many artists and writers, such as J.M. Barrie and John Singer Sargent.

 

Chipping Camden

One of the oldest inns in the Cotswolds, a converted stone manor house in Chipping Campden at the start of the Cotswold Way walking route. Refurbished guestrooms are well-equipped with modern and antique furnishings. Also blending antique and exposed beams with contemporary flair are the hotel’s restaurant, coffee shop, bar, and terrace. The town that was once the center of Europe’s wool trade contains the region’s most beautiful “wool church” and rows of historical stone houses.

Cancellation Policy:

Should you have to cancel your tour the following terms will apply: Due to the exclusive and small group nature of this adventure, all cancellation requests will incur a $300 per person administrative fee.

For cancellations from 91 -120 Days prior to the trip: deposit is forfeited.

For cancellations from 61 -90 days prior to the trip 40% penalty of the total trip cost.

For Cancellations and no shows 60 days before trip, no refunds.

No refunds will be made for any unused portion of the tour.

All cancellations must be made in writing and delivered to The Walking Connection via e-mail and/or United States Post Office. Your cancellation date is the date your notice is received and confirmed by The Walking Connection, not the postmark date.

Should this trip be cancelled by The Walking Connection: 100% Refund.

Additional Information:

Itinerary:

Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions, schedules of hosts, or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.


Activity Level:

This tour is one of our Self-Guided Walking Adventures, rated easy to moderate, with an average of 6 to 12 miles per day. Some walks can be shortened with short taxi transfers (at your own expense). There are daily ascents and descents, with a maximum elevation gain of 1,640 feet. Most of the hills are gradual as opposed to short and steep. The terrain includes narrow gravel roads, springy turf, packed dirt trails, and a few stretches of loose gravel. This loop itinerary offers full days of walking through quintessential English countryside of quaint villages, with cream-colored cottages and beautiful gardens, as well as historic castles, a Roman road, and medieval churches. As some walks bring you through open pastures and constantly evolving farmland, it’s helpful to remain attentive; some navigation skills and a sense of adventure may come in handy as well.

Trip ID#:

TheCotWal

Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included:

Breakfast daily

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