• SELF-GUIDED
  • 11 DAYS
  • Moderate
PRICE FROM £ 1,345 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £ 620 per person

OVERVIEW

Complete the Cotswold Way in 11 days, exploring the relaxed pace of English country life. Follow a rolling trail along the Cotswolds from Chipping Campden in the north to the world heritage city of Bath in the south.  Hike across wild meadows and grazing pastures, climb to hilltop Neolithic burial sites and discover the ancient battlefields of the English Civil War.

Descend over a patchwork of farmland to explore the charming streets, thatched cottages and trading houses of Stanton and Broadway, where it's worth making time for a traditional afternoon tea. Venture deep into ancient woodlands to the former wool town of Painswick and spend the afternoon exploring flamboyant floral displays at the nearby Rococo Gardens. Visit the 17th century baroque mansion house and deer park of Dyrham. Concluding at the magnificent Bath Abbey, pass through the lavish Georgian streets of The Royal Crescent, Lansdowne Circus and   one of the world's greatest spas of the ancient world, The Roman Baths.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the Cotswold Way from Chipping Campden to Bath, England's picture-postcard national trail
  • Discover the thatched cottages and honey-coloured houses of Stanton and Broadway
  • Hike through the rolling English countryside, across grazing pastures and into ancient woodlands
  • Soak up the atmosphere of historic Cotswolds pubs, sampling the local beer
  • Enjoy a traditional cream tea in the historic wool town of Painswick
  • Explore the Neolithic burial sites, medieval abbeys and elegant manor houses of the Cotswolds
  • Visit the UNESCO listed city of Bath with its Roman Baths and exquisitely preserved Georgian architecture

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
11 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate
PRICE FROM
£ 1345 per person twin/double share
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
£ 620 per person

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 10 nights accommodation in B&B’s, pubs and 3* hotels
  • All luggage transfers
  • Pack free inn to inn walking
  • Flexible walking itinerary to shorten the walks or add in a rest day
  • A night in the village of Painswick to explore gardens, tea rooms and pubs
  • 10 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • A day to explore the Roman and Georgian architecture of Bath
  • Maps, guidebook and route notes

ACCOMMODATION & DINING DESKTOP

During this tour, you will spend each night in local inns, pubs, family-run guesthouses or small hotels. Many of these accommodations are steeped in history and date back several centuries, adding to the depth of your Cotswold experience. Accustomed to welcoming walkers, each of your hosts are knowledgeable about the region and are happy to help with any questions or assistance you might need. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk. As many of the overnight stays are in small villages or towns, on occasion we may have to book another similar accommodation of equal standard. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process.

If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you. Lunch and dinner can be obtained from your accommodation provider or in the villages you are staying in.

GENERAL INFO

THE WALKING

Typically, days are generally easy-going underfoot and you should be used to covering up to 25km per day with up to 600m of ascent and descent. Trails are usually well defined and cover a variety of terrain. You will be walking on forest tracks, woodland trails, bridleways, across rolling farmland and through wild meadows. You will also walk through villages, towns and on short sections of very quiet country lanes that often do not have footpaths so do be mindful of other road users.

Although the route is well way marked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with routes notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you require to use them for your own device.

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from late April through to early October.

Up to the end of May, you may encounter a few showers (it is England after all) and the fields are vibrant with crops of yellow rapeseed in bloom. Meadows and village gardens are blooming with life. From June through to August (summer months), the daylight is longer making it the perfect time for enjoying hillside picnics and sampling local beer in the pub gardens. Into September, the fields are busy with harvest preparations and often summer days can stretch into September. Whatever time of year you choose, you should always be prepared for a change of season during the day!

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

Travel to Chipping Campden, England. When do I need arrive on day 1?

This walk starts in Chipping Campden and ends in Bath Spa. You can arrive at your accommodation at any time on day 1. Should you arrive before the check-in time of 3pm your luggage can be stored at the accommodation. If you cannot arrive at your accommodation until after 9pm, please let us know so we can ensure there is somebody available to check you in. Please refer to your accommodation list for directions and information about your first night’s stay in Chipping Campden.

How to get to Chipping Campden, England, the start of your walk

By Air Travel: Chipping Campden does not have an airport or train station but it’s not far from the nearby train station at Moreton in Marsh (which has excellent train links to London Paddington). At London Paddington, you can easily connect with central London or the airports of London Heathrow and Gatwick.

From London Heathrow to London Paddington: The Heathrow Express service is by far the easiest. Trains run every 15mins and with a journey time of 15mins from London Heathrow to Paddington, this is the quickest transfer time. It is a good idea to pre-book tickets (purchases on the day are more expensive). Tickets can be booked at https://www.heathrowexpress.com/news#/ and are from £15 one way. From Heathrow arrivals, follow the signs for ‘Heathrow Express’. As there are 4 services an hour, you do not have to rush.

Alternatively, a cheaper but longer journey would be to use the London Underground to Paddington. From the arrival hall, follow signs for the London Underground and take the Piccadilly Line, changing at Earls Court for Paddington (around 1-hour journey time and around £8). Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train.

From London Gatwick to London Paddington: At London Gatwick train station, take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station (30mins travel time) and change for a tube on the District Line to London Paddington (20mins). Ticket prices will vary and again, do book in advance for the cheapest tickets.

London Paddington to Chipping Campden via Moreton in Marsh: A straightforward, direct train departs London Paddington and arrives in Moreton Marsh 1hr 30mins later. Tickets are best purchased in advance from The Trainline website.

On arrival into Moreton in Marsh if you wish to book a transfer from Moreton in Marsh to Chipping Campden, we can add this to your booking (20mins journey time and approximately £35 per car). Or you can take the bus from Moreton in Marsh station which is around 30min journey time and around £5. Bus timetables can be accessed here.

If you are travelling from Birmingham Airport or from one of the main Birmingham train stations, you will need to a catch a train service from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford upon Avon. On arrival at Stratford upon Avon, change for a bus service direct to Chipping Campden (total journey time around 3hrs, £15, departs outside the train station).

ONWARD TRAVEL FROM BATH SPA, ENGLAND

Bath Spa has a mainline station which has regularly hourly services to London Paddington (1hr 30mins), or Bristol Temple Meads (15mins). From Bristol you can change for services to the north of England or further south west into Devon and Cornwall. If you are heading north it might be cheaper (and quicker) to return to London Paddington first. It is worth doing your homework to avoid high train fares.

For all train travel in the UK, prices, timetables and ticket reservations can be made through The Trainline.

If you are going to be in London for a few days before or after your walk it might be more cost effective to purchase an Oyster Card which is a prepaid travel card for the London transport network. You can purchase one at stations and many small stores. For travel on the London Transport network, please access https://tfl.gov.uk

A useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to other destinations in the UK or Europe.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Never board a train in the UK without a ticket. Although some rural train services permit onboard ticket purchases the majority of train services do not allow this and will either fine you (up to £200) and/or ask you leave at the next stop.

Train travel in the UK can be very expensive. Booking trains in advanced is always most cost effective. Often travelling off peak (after 9:30am and not between the hours of 3:30pm -6:30pm) can significantly reduce ticket prices.

ONWARD TRAVEL

Bath Spa train station has excellent and frequent services to Cardiff (1hr 15mins), London Paddington (1hr 30mins), Bristol (15mins) along with many other destinations into the South West of England. If you wish to travel north from Bath Spa, you would usually have to change trains in Bristol.

For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases. For bus travel within and across the Cotswolds, including Stratford-Upon-Avon and Cheltenham, please check Stagecoach Travel.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@stroll.com

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    Details
  • 1 Apr 2024 - 16 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from £ 1345

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 620

sections

Overview

Complete the Cotswold Way in 11 days, exploring the relaxed pace of English country life. Follow a rolling trail along the Cotswolds from Chipping Campden in the north to the world heritage city of Bath in the south.  Hike across wild meadows and grazing pastures, climb to hilltop Neolithic burial sites and discover the ancient battlefields of the English Civil War.

Descend over a patchwork of farmland to explore the charming streets, thatched cottages and trading houses of Stanton and Broadway, where it's worth making time for a traditional afternoon tea. Venture deep into ancient woodlands to the former wool town of Painswick and spend the afternoon exploring flamboyant floral displays at the nearby Rococo Gardens. Visit the 17th century baroque mansion house and deer park of Dyrham. Concluding at the magnificent Bath Abbey, pass through the lavish Georgian streets of The Royal Crescent, Lansdowne Circus and   one of the world's greatest spas of the ancient world, The Roman Baths.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the Cotswold Way from Chipping Campden to Bath, England's picture-postcard national trail
  • Discover the thatched cottages and honey-coloured houses of Stanton and Broadway
  • Hike through the rolling English countryside, across grazing pastures and into ancient woodlands
  • Soak up the atmosphere of historic Cotswolds pubs, sampling the local beer
  • Enjoy a traditional cream tea in the historic wool town of Painswick
  • Explore the Neolithic burial sites, medieval abbeys and elegant manor houses of the Cotswolds
  • Visit the UNESCO listed city of Bath with its Roman Baths and exquisitely preserved Georgian architecture

Itinerary
What’s Included
  • 10 nights accommodation in B&B’s, pubs and 3* hotels
  • All luggage transfers
  • Pack free inn to inn walking
  • Flexible walking itinerary to shorten the walks or add in a rest day
  • A night in the village of Painswick to explore gardens, tea rooms and pubs
  • 10 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • A day to explore the Roman and Georgian architecture of Bath
  • Maps, guidebook and route notes
Accommodation & Dining

During this tour, you will spend each night in local inns, pubs, family-run guesthouses or small hotels. Many of these accommodations are steeped in history and date back several centuries, adding to the depth of your Cotswold experience. Accustomed to welcoming walkers, each of your hosts are knowledgeable about the region and are happy to help with any questions or assistance you might need. Of course, you can always call us too should you need anything during your walk. As many of the overnight stays are in small villages or towns, on occasion we may have to book another similar accommodation of equal standard. We will discuss these options with you during the booking process.

If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know at the time of booking so we can let your hosts know. Should you have severe food allergies, it’s always worth bringing a few of your own snacks with you. Lunch and dinner can be obtained from your accommodation provider or in the villages you are staying in.

General Info

THE WALKING

Typically, days are generally easy-going underfoot and you should be used to covering up to 25km per day with up to 600m of ascent and descent. Trails are usually well defined and cover a variety of terrain. You will be walking on forest tracks, woodland trails, bridleways, across rolling farmland and through wild meadows. You will also walk through villages, towns and on short sections of very quiet country lanes that often do not have footpaths so do be mindful of other road users.

Although the route is well way marked, for each of your walks, you will be provided with routes notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you require to use them for your own device.

AVAILABILITY

This walk is available from late April through to early October.

Up to the end of May, you may encounter a few showers (it is England after all) and the fields are vibrant with crops of yellow rapeseed in bloom. Meadows and village gardens are blooming with life. From June through to August (summer months), the daylight is longer making it the perfect time for enjoying hillside picnics and sampling local beer in the pub gardens. Into September, the fields are busy with harvest preparations and often summer days can stretch into September. Whatever time of year you choose, you should always be prepared for a change of season during the day!

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

Travel to Chipping Campden, England. When do I need arrive on day 1?

This walk starts in Chipping Campden and ends in Bath Spa. You can arrive at your accommodation at any time on day 1. Should you arrive before the check-in time of 3pm your luggage can be stored at the accommodation. If you cannot arrive at your accommodation until after 9pm, please let us know so we can ensure there is somebody available to check you in. Please refer to your accommodation list for directions and information about your first night’s stay in Chipping Campden.

How to get to Chipping Campden, England, the start of your walk

By Air Travel: Chipping Campden does not have an airport or train station but it’s not far from the nearby train station at Moreton in Marsh (which has excellent train links to London Paddington). At London Paddington, you can easily connect with central London or the airports of London Heathrow and Gatwick.

From London Heathrow to London Paddington: The Heathrow Express service is by far the easiest. Trains run every 15mins and with a journey time of 15mins from London Heathrow to Paddington, this is the quickest transfer time. It is a good idea to pre-book tickets (purchases on the day are more expensive). Tickets can be booked at https://www.heathrowexpress.com/news#/ and are from £15 one way. From Heathrow arrivals, follow the signs for ‘Heathrow Express’. As there are 4 services an hour, you do not have to rush.

Alternatively, a cheaper but longer journey would be to use the London Underground to Paddington. From the arrival hall, follow signs for the London Underground and take the Piccadilly Line, changing at Earls Court for Paddington (around 1-hour journey time and around £8). Tickets must be purchased before boarding the train.

From London Gatwick to London Paddington: At London Gatwick train station, take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station (30mins travel time) and change for a tube on the District Line to London Paddington (20mins). Ticket prices will vary and again, do book in advance for the cheapest tickets.

London Paddington to Chipping Campden via Moreton in Marsh: A straightforward, direct train departs London Paddington and arrives in Moreton Marsh 1hr 30mins later. Tickets are best purchased in advance from The Trainline website.

On arrival into Moreton in Marsh if you wish to book a transfer from Moreton in Marsh to Chipping Campden, we can add this to your booking (20mins journey time and approximately £35 per car). Or you can take the bus from Moreton in Marsh station which is around 30min journey time and around £5. Bus timetables can be accessed here.

If you are travelling from Birmingham Airport or from one of the main Birmingham train stations, you will need to a catch a train service from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford upon Avon. On arrival at Stratford upon Avon, change for a bus service direct to Chipping Campden (total journey time around 3hrs, £15, departs outside the train station).

ONWARD TRAVEL FROM BATH SPA, ENGLAND

Bath Spa has a mainline station which has regularly hourly services to London Paddington (1hr 30mins), or Bristol Temple Meads (15mins). From Bristol you can change for services to the north of England or further south west into Devon and Cornwall. If you are heading north it might be cheaper (and quicker) to return to London Paddington first. It is worth doing your homework to avoid high train fares.

For all train travel in the UK, prices, timetables and ticket reservations can be made through The Trainline.

If you are going to be in London for a few days before or after your walk it might be more cost effective to purchase an Oyster Card which is a prepaid travel card for the London transport network. You can purchase one at stations and many small stores. For travel on the London Transport network, please access https://tfl.gov.uk

A useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to other destinations in the UK or Europe.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Never board a train in the UK without a ticket. Although some rural train services permit onboard ticket purchases the majority of train services do not allow this and will either fine you (up to £200) and/or ask you leave at the next stop.

Train travel in the UK can be very expensive. Booking trains in advanced is always most cost effective. Often travelling off peak (after 9:30am and not between the hours of 3:30pm -6:30pm) can significantly reduce ticket prices.

ONWARD TRAVEL

Bath Spa train station has excellent and frequent services to Cardiff (1hr 15mins), London Paddington (1hr 30mins), Bristol (15mins) along with many other destinations into the South West of England. If you wish to travel north from Bath Spa, you would usually have to change trains in Bristol.

For all train travel in the UK, please check The Trainline or National Rail for timetables, prices and ticket purchases. For bus travel within and across the Cotswolds, including Stratford-Upon-Avon and Cheltenham, please check Stagecoach Travel.

Another useful planning tool for travel is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@stroll.com

Map
Departure Dates
  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Date
    1 Apr 2024 - 16 Oct 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from £ 1345
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    £ 620
    DETAILS

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