A Grand Tour Of The Cotswolds On Foot:
Overnight in Cheltenham, a beautiful town celebrated for its Regency architecture and fine shops and restaurants.
Cheltenham to Winchcombe – (7 miles/11 km)
Over Cleeve Hill to pass the Neolithic tomb at Belas Knap and so down to Winchcombe, home to Sudeley Castle. Overnight Winchcombe.
Winchcombe to Broadway – (10.5 miles/17 km)
This is a fabulous day’s walk. Follow the pilgrims’ route to Hailes Abbey (open to the public), then over the hills to Jacobean Stanway House, with its wonderful gatehouse, medieval tithe barn and extraordinary fountain. Pass through Stanton, so unspoilt that it has featured in many films, and arrive in the village of Broadway, one of the inspirations for the arts and Crafts Movement.
Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh – (12 miles/20 km) NB Overnight in Chipping Campden can be included – please ask
Walk up to Broadway Tower, the 18th century folly, where the view is stunning and then it is but a short step to Chipping Campden, the loveliest of all Cotswold villages, and once the wool centre of Europe. Pass the old butter market, visit the fine ‘wool’ church, and perhaps the world renowned silversmith. Continue through Broad Campden and Blockley and descend to Batsford, with its arboretum and falconry centre. Finally, a stroll across meadows to Moreton, for overnight.
Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water – (12 miles/ 20 km)
You are soon among typical Cotswold villages with a detour to see gorgeous Sezincote if you like. Then it is Stow-on-the-Wold, complete with village stocks and picturesque square, down to Lower Slaughter and finally to Bourton-on-the-Water for overnight.
Bourton-on-the-Water to Northleach – (11 miles/17 km)
The route weaves around Bourton lakes, then crosses the hills to Sherborne. Stroll through landscaped Sherborne Park and continue to the tranquil and historic village of Northleach, with its glorious wool church, mechanical music museum and air of timelessness. Overnight Northleach.
Northleach to Cirencester – (14 miles/22 km)
Head for Chedworth with its welcoming pub (and nearby Roman villa, one of the best preserved in the country), before continuing to Cirencester, after London the second town of Roman Britain, with its excellent Corinium Museum and its majestic market square overlooked by the huge and recently restored parish church.
Cirencester to Painswick – (13.5 miles/21 km)
A stroll through the 18th century landscape of Cirencester Park brings you to Sapperton, once a centre for William Morris’s Arts & Crafts Movement. Follow the old Thames & Severn Canal, and then walk through perfect rural England to Painswick, ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’, noted for its fascinating churchyard and the Rococo Garden.
Painswick to Cheltenham – (13 miles/20 km)
Walk through the countryside immortalised in Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider with Rosie’ to Sheepscombe (which features in the book), which straddles an enchanting valley. The Cotswold Way takes you along the Cotswold Edge, with panoramic views towards Gloucester, the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains in Wales. Overnight Cheltenham.
We all want to thank you for the wonderful experience of our Cotswold walks!! The arrangements for our overnight stays were all super. We held an informal “vote” on the favorite one and found all were favorites but in various categories. No one can top Karen in Cheltenham for warmth, helpfulness and comfort. She was the perfect first hostess. Historically, staying in Wesley House was a treat. It also got top honors for serving oatmeal with Drambuie for breakfast! Hadley House offered excellent accommodations and an elegant breakfast. We were in two different B&B’s in Moreton-on-Marsh, so we couldn’t vote there but both places were very nice. But the best all-around winner has to go to Cherry Trees in Chipping Campden; outstanding comfort, great breakfast, and warm and friendly hosts. The top winner for restaurants was a Greek restaurant in Chipping Campden.
There were lively conversations on which way was the ‘right’ way on some of the walking directions, but that created a lot of fun and joking among us. The only thing we wished for was some indication of when we were at half-way or 3/4 of the distance while on each segment. Because we stopped to take pictures, admire the views or have a snack, the amount of time from when we departed from the B&B each day was of no help. So…that’s our only suggestion….just a general or approximate indication between walking segments would have been good. The maps helped, but topography sometimes affected travel times.
We have already started recommending your services to anyone who seems interested in our trip. You may have already received an inquiry. Even though we didn’t need to call you, it was a great comfort to know that you had given us your cell and we could trust you to come to our aid. You were very patient with all my questions in working out the details before the trip. I, especially, am grateful to you.
A word about the people we met, both locals and fellow travellers……Everyone was wonderful, helpful, cheerful….not a single grumpy or disinterested person. What a wonderful place the Cotswolds are!!
Our best to Ann….Our cheers and gratitude to you. We had a wonderful, wonderful time..”
Mrs C.S, USA
£650 per person based on 2 people sharing in B & B accommodation with private bathrooms. For upgraded accommodation and any other variations, please ask
9 nights B and B or upgrades to hotels, luggage transportation each walking day, route notes and maps, local back-up, pre-tour meeting if you arrive before 6 pm.
This beautiful route can include Burford and so turn it into a 10 night holiday