The Cotswold Way was registered as a National Trail in 1999 and stretches for just over 100 miles through the rolling landscapes of Gloucestershire and Avon. This fully guided itinerary follows the Cotswold escarpment from Bath to Chipping Campden. Soak in the long views and panoramas as your walking guide leads you along field paths, woodland trails and old drovers’ roads and through picturesque honey-coloured villages and market towns with an abundance of history along the way.
The Cotswold Way covers 100 miles (161 Km) from the city of Bath to Chipping Campden. We will cover the entire route, from the bustling streets of Bath to the medieval town of Chipping Campden. Soak in the long views and panoramas as you walk along field paths, woodland trails and old drove-roads and take in picturesque honey coloured villages and market towns with an abundance of history along the way.
History /Geology / Heritage
This group trail itinerary has been operated by HF Holidays – one of the UK’s largest activity holiday companies –who specialise in guided walking holidays in the UK and Worldwide.
Their experienced and knowledgeable volunteer leaders undergo a thorough assessment to lead you on your Guided Trail and will also be delighted to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you. Your trail leader will carry all the necessary maps and guides.
All walking days involve minibus or local transport between the walking route and your accommodation and this is included in your holiday price.
Packed lunches are provided each day and after a sociable evening meal, you can join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
HF Grading: LEVEL 3 – Medium to Challenging
Starting in the elegant surroundings of the Roman city of Bath. This route begins with a walking tour of this historic city before ascending the Cotswold Escarpment to follow an often elevated route through ornamental gardens and dense woodlands, past exposed hill forts and majestic stately homes to reach the medieval market town of Chipping Campden.
Accommodation for this holiday is at the HF Holidays Harrington House in the picturesque Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Bedrooms all have their individual layout and character, as befits a historic building, and are located in the main house and adjacent cottages. In your room you’ll find a TV with digital radio, hair dryer, towels and tea and coffee making facilities.
All holidays at our Country Houses are full board, from evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. There’s a vegetarian option at all meals and we cater for gluten-free diets.
This Guided Trail involves walking as a group on well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas. These may be rough and steep in sections and will require a good level of fitness. We want you to be confident that you can meet the demands of each walking day and get the most out of your holiday. Please be sure you can manage the mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries. It is important for your own enjoyment, and that of your fellow guests that you can maintain the pace.
All holidays at our Country Houses are full board, from evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. There’s a vegetarian option at all meals and we cater for gluten-free diets. The itinerary offers plenty of opportunities to sample traditional ales and local specialities in the towns and villages en route.
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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