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Discover the beauty of The Cotswold Way walk. The Cotswold Walking Companyare pleased to offer an11 walking day and 12 night Cotswold walking holiday of the Cotswold Way. We have outlined below the itinerary and exactly what is included in the price of your Cotswold Way holiday, as well as further information below.
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Our Cotswold Way walking holidays are available throughout the year and can be modified to suit your requirements. For more information, please visit our FAQ and see How To Book. If you have any further queries or questions then simply contact us today, we are here to help.
Arrive Chipping Campden.Travel to Chipping Campden where your first night’s accommodation is booked. Have a relaxing evening before your start. Chipping Campden is a historic market town and beautiful example of Cotswold stone craftsmanship.
Chipping Campden to Broadway Walking from Chipping Campden, one of the best of the Cotswold market towns, the trail climbs on to an escarpment offering fine views across the Vale of Evesham. You then walk throughto the picturesque town of Broadway with its honey coloured houses and fine old English tea rooms. A nice easy start to your Cotswold walking holiday. [Approx 6 Miles / 10 Kms]
Broadway to Winchcombe There is much to see on this section as you continue from Broadway onto Winchcombe, the ancient capital of Mercia and nearby Sudeley Castle, dating back to the 12th century. You will go through the pretty villages of Stanton and Stanway and pass the medieval pilgrimage site of Hailes Abbey. [Approx 12 Miles / 19 Kms]
Winchcombe to DowdeswellThe trail ascends to “Belas Knap” the neolithic long barrow and onto the highest point of the Cotswolds; Cleeve Hill (317mtrs). Enjoy the views over Cheltenham and on a clear day as far as the Black Mountains in Wales, passing through Bill Smylie’s butterfly reserve before eventually descending to Dowdewell reservoir at the conclusion of your day’s walk [Approx 11 Miles / 18 Kms]
Dowdeswell to Birdlip Today’s walk takes you to Seven Springs – for some the source of the River Thames and then follows the escarpment onto Leckhampton Hill and ‘the devils chimney’ (a rock formation on the hillside). More excellent views follow into Crickley Hill Country Park before heading through woods and onto Birdlip. [Approx 10 Miles / 16 Kms]
Birdlip to Painswick.The route passes close to the Roman Villa at Witcombe, where a bath house and fine mosaics have been unearthed & worth a look if time permits. Cooper’s Hill offers fine views and is today famous for its annual “Cheese rolling” event. Painswick,is a pretty Cotswold market town with streets dating back to the 13th century. The local stone is light grey giving the town a different feel for a normal Cotswold town. [Approx 9 Miles / 14 Kms]
Painswick to Kings Stanley .More fantastic views to enjoy today, especially the panorama from Haresfield Beacon, an iron age hill fort, over the Severn valley. The route descends through Standish Woods and emerges into the Stroud valleys and then continues onto your destination village of Kings Stanley. [Approx 8 Miles / 12Kms]
Kings Stanley to Dursleytoday you will pass through Penn Wood and ontoCoaley Peak, a picnic spot with magnificent views onto Cam Long Down overlooking the Severn Vale to your destination of the market town of Dursley. [Approx 7 Miles / 12Kms]
Dursleyto Wotton Under Edge. Leaving Dursley route then climbs to Stinchcombe Hill with beautiful views, then follows a track to North Nibley, rising to the Tynedale Monument from here you will pass though more woodland to the town of Wotton under Edge. [Approx 7 Miles / 12Kms]
Wotton Under Edge to Little Sodbury.The route follows a stream out of Wotton under Edge then climbs an escarpment, then through woodland to the village of Alderley. The route then climbs to the Somerset Monument before you finally reach your destination of Little Sodbury [Approx 11 Miles / 18Kms]
Little Sodbury to Cold Ashton.The walk today takes you to the National Trust property of Horton Court and then passes through Dodington Park, landscaped by “Capability Brown”. The trail passes Dyrham Park (NT), famous for deer and a fine Tudor mansion worth visiting if time allows then onwards to the village of Cold Ashton with its magnificent rectory and manor house. [Approx 10 Miles / 16Kms]
Cold Ashton to Bath.The route now descends into a lovely valley at Lower Hamswell then climbs to the Civil War battle site of Lansdown and levels out past an ancient hill fort and Bath race course. It slowly descends through farmland down to the fine regency Spa city of Bath and the conclusion of the route at Bath Abbey. [Approx 10 Miles / 16 Kms]
Depart Bath. If you would like any help with your travel arrangements please email us and we will be happy to assist you