The South Cotswold Ring:
The South Cotswold Ring begins and ends in the beautiful town of Cheltenham. It takes you first of all to Winchcombe and its castle at Sudeley before striking south to Bourton-on-the-Water and then to the lesser known villages towards the south of the area: Northleach with its fine wool church and sets of brasses and its museum of mechanical music; Chedworth and its celebrated Roman villa; Cirencester, once the second town of Roman Britain; and onward to Painswick as you pass through a succession of charming and untouched villages and hamlets. This is a little more challenging than some of our other walks because the distances on the whole are greater but the rewards are great. Transfers can be built in to the route if you wish to reduce the daily distances.
From £540 per person 6 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation – all rooms with private bathroom.
From £570 per person 6 nights staying in a Hotel on the first and last night, B+B for other nights.
From £705 per person 6 nights in a mixture of hotels, inns and first class B+B’s.
Overnight in Cheltenham, a beautiful town celebrated for its Regency architecture and fine shops and restaurants.
Cheltenham to Winchcombe – (11 kms/7 miles)
Over Cleeve Hill to pass the Neolithic tomb at Belas Knap and so down to Winchcombe, home to Sudeley Castle. Overnight Winchcombe.
Winchcombe to Bourton-on-the-Water (21 kms/13 miles)
Cross the old Salt Way to descend to the beautiful villages of Guiting Power (church with gorgeous golden Norman doorway) and Naunton, with its ancient dovecote overlooking the River Windrush , which you then follow into Bourton-on-the-Water. Overnight Bourton.
Bourton-on-the-Water to Northleach – (17 kms/11 miles)
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 – (22 kms/14 miles)
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 chruch.
Cirencester to Painswick – (21km /13.5 miles)
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 – (20kms/13 miles)
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.
Departure after breakfast.
Mrs. W., U.S.A.
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Mr and Mrs L, USA
“We are back from our English adventure and I just wanted to tell you how wonderful our Cotswold walking experience was. Everything went very smoothly and our B&B hosts were great”
£540 per person based on based on 2 people sharing in B & B accommodation with private bathrooms. For upgraded accommodation and any other variations, please ask
7 nights B and B or upgrades to hotels, luggage transportation each walking day, route notes and maps, local back-up.
This beautiful route can include Burford and so turn it into a 8 night holiday. Similarly, you may walk directly from Cheltenham to Bourton (17 miles) and omit Winchcombe. Upgrades are available in Cheltenham, Bourton, Northleach, Cirencester, and Painswick. Please ask for more details.
Distance: 70 miles/112 kms
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Maximum/minimum daily distances: 22 kms/14 miles/11 kms/7 miles