The Cotswold Round Trek

The Cotswold Round Trek

England » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Exploring the picturesque Cotswold villages
  • Discovering the numerous abbeys and historic sites
  • Great atmosphere and food of a Cotswold country pub
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From 680 €

Duration (days): 7

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Starting in the Regency town of Cheltenham this circular walk links the picturesque towns of the North Cotswolds with some of the most scenic walking in England. Walk between the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds and discover why the Cotswolds are a honey pot for walkers. Your journey begins in Cheltenham Spa, the most complete regency town in England. Regency townhouses, recognisable by their intricate ironwork balconies and stucco facades line the pavilions, squares and terraces. Your route then takes you north along the prettiest section of the Cotswold Way to the classic Cotswold villages of Winchcombe, Stanton, Broadway and Chipping Campden. Here you turn south to return via the Cotswold gems of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water to complete the round. Typical Cotswold cottages and villages, lush green countryside, historic houses, welcoming country pubs and inviting shops make the Cotswolds a walkers paradise and during the week you spend in the Cotswolds you are sure to fall in love with the Cotswolds over and over again.

Day 1: Arrive Cheltenham Spa and overnight
Cheltenham Spa is 86 miles west of London and trains leave London Paddington every 30 minutes. The journey takes about two hours fifteen minutes by train. Cheltenham Spa is England’s most complete Regency town. On arrival take the time to wander the elegant pavilion, squares and terraces, which are lined by distinctive Regency Townhouses complete with intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades. Cheltenham enjoyed great fame for almost 100 years as a Spa town following the visit of King George III and Queen Charlotte in 1788. Spa waters are still available, but no longer the sole reason to visit Cheltenham.
Day 2: Walk to Winchcombe (12km)
The walk starts at the Pittville Pump Rooms, probably the finest example of Regency architecture in Cheltenham, set in the beautiful Pittville Park. Leaving Cheltenham you skirt the famous racecourse and soon climb the Cotswold Escarpment at Cleeve Hill. The next six miles to Winchcombe over Cleeve Common offer some of the most enjoyable walking on the Cotswold Way. An area of open unimproved limestone grassland, the walking is sublime.
Day 3: Walk to Broadway (18km)
Following the Cotswold Way you head north to the idyllic villages of Stanton and Broadway. On the way you can visit Hailes Abbey and Stanway House, some of the Cotswolds’ real gems. Broadway has lured visitors for centuries and a stroll down the broad tree lined High street is the perfect way to while away the evening.
Day 4: Walk to Moreton-in-Marsh (21km)
Your day starts with a steady climb to Broadway Tower, a unique Capability Brown folly tower. Located at the second highest point on the Cotswold Escarpment it offers one of the finest views in England. After enjoying the tower enjoy a gentle stroll down to the honey coloured cottages, tea rooms and gift shops of Chipping Campden. Walking through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, wander through Broad Campden, Blockley and then to Moreton-in-Marsh one of the most important market towns in the Cotswolds, which still holds a weekly market on the wide main street.
Day 5: Walk to Bourton-on-the-Water (17km)
As you leave Moreton-in-Marsh you can look forward to the most delightful day of walking. Hopping between some of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds you soon reach Stow-on-the-Wold, an important market town, whose streets are lined by art galleries, gift shops and inns. Don’t linger for too long as a few more miles through the rolling Cotswold countryside bring you to Bourton-on-the-Water, probably the prettiest village in Britain. Bourton is an absolute delight and is sure to live up to your every expectation.
Day 6: Walk to Cheltenham Spa (25km)
Following the river Windrush out of the Bourton-on-the-Water you are quickly immersed in the Cotswold countryside. Naunton is the first of several delightful Cotswold villages you visit. The day is punctuated by wide open views, quiet woodlands and secluded valleys. The route leaves the Windrush Way at Guiting Power and meanders through the countryside to cross the Cotswold Way and finish at Prestbury, on the outskirts of Cheltenham.
Day 7: Onward Travel

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
We used handpicked, high quality B&B’s, guesthouses and country inns of typical Cotswold character. Honey coloured cottages, roaring log fires, comfortable country bedrooms and the warmest of welcomes are what we look for to make your stay extra special. Many B&B’s and hotels in the Cotswolds do not accept one night bookings for Saturday nights so occasionally we may book two nights over a weekend in one location and arrange return taxi transfers for you at no extra cost. We do this so that we can maintain the highest quality of accommodation. A delicious breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your hotel or at nearby pubs and restaurants. Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Price: 680 Euro/person

Group size: Min. 2 persons

Single room supplement: 240 Euro

The price includes: hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation; Door to door baggage transfer as per itinerary; A detailed info pack, route book and printed maps for the group leader; Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.

The price does not include: Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk; Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks; Travel Insurance; Personal equipment; Transport when you need to skip a stage.

Tips:
Rail: Train services connect London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa in 2hrs 15mins.
Bus: National Express coaches serve Cheltenham and take approx 3hrs 15mins.
Please visit the Traveline Website (http://www.travelinenortheast.info) or National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) for further information on public transport and timetables.