Cotswolds Walking Holidays
With Cotswold walks you can expect quintessential England; landscapes of lush and green rolling hills, incredibly picturesque and pretty countryside, and charming villages scattered in between. Whether you choose to walk the Cotswold Way, a National Trail, beginning in Chipping Camden and providing the opportunity to walk all the way to the great Roman city of Bath, or the Cotswold Trail, a circular walk that takes you through the delightful villages of Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water.
As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds has pristine gardens, honey-coloured cottages, castles, stately homes and ancient ruins. Whichever walking holiday you choose, from a short escape to Shakespeare's Way, they all include hand-picked accommodations, door to door luggage transfers, comprehensive information packs and route notes, maps and emergency support.
DAY 1: Arrival in Painswick
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Painswick.
DAY 2: Painswick to Nympsfield
Distance 20/23km • Approximate Walking Time 5 - 8 hours • Ascent (↑) 525/635m
Today, after walking through open countryside for the first few kilometres, the trail leads you through some of the wonderful wooded areas on the Cotswold Way. Stockend Wood and Standish Wood are two fine examples you will pass through on today’s walk.
DAY 3: Nympsfield to Wotton-Under-Edge
15/19km • 5 - 7 hours • (↑) 510m
A short, sharp climb to the summit of Cam Long Down offers splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Moving on to North Nibley, you pass a monument dedicated to the memory of William Tyndale - a local man responsible for the translation of the Holy Bible into English in the 16th Century.
DAY 4: Wotton-Under-Edge to Old Sodbury
21km • 5 - 7 hours • (↑) 450m
This walk is one of the more remote on the trail with a few tiny villages but mainly through countryside and along quiet
paths and tracks. Later in the day, you pass two Iron Age forts (at Horton and Little Sodbury) - settlements dating back over 2,000 years.
DAY 5: Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton
14km • 4 - 5 hours • (↑) 280m
Imagine how some of England’s wealthiest people live as you pass by the sprawling countryside estates of two wonderful old county homes at Dodington Park and Dyrham Park. The grounds are wonderful for walking and you may be lucky enough to spot deer, rabbit and even foxes on the trail.
DAY 6: Cold Ashton to Bath
17km • 4 - 6 hours • (↑) 310m
Today, your path takes you across a battlefield where, in 1643, hundreds of English soldiers died fighting one another during the English Civil War. From this beautiful, yet somehow eerie, site you descend into the majestic town of Bath. Your journey ends at the fittingly spectacular Bath Abbey next to the Roman Baths - a great end to a great walk!
DAY 7: Departure from Bath
There are regular bus & train services from Bath to London/Bristol and other destinations in the UK.