The Cotswold Way: Bath to Chipping Campden

Walk from the bustling streets of Bath to the medieval town of Chipping Campden on this fully-guided itinerary, admiring fantastic views and idyllic villages along the way.

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. Take in the long views and panoramas as your walking guide leads you along field paths, woodland trails, old drovers’ roads, and through picturesque honey-colored villages and market towns with an abundance of history along the way.

Tour Overview

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Distance

161

Days

11

Grade

Moderate

Theme

History /Geology / Heritage

The Cotswold Way: Bath to Chipping Campden

Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.

Tour Details

This group trail itinerary has been operated by HF Holidays – one of the UK’s largest activity holiday companies – which specializes 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 organized 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

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Itinerary

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.

Day 1 - Arrival In Bourton-on-the-Water

Your walk leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday.

Day 2 - Bath to Cold Ashton

Leaving Bath Abbey, we walk through the city passing the Roman Baths and the Royal Crescent. Ascending to Landsdown Racecourse we cross an area steeped in history including one of the major battles of the English Civil War. 16km / 10 miles

Day 3 - Cold Ashton to Horton

Following the Cotswold escarpment, we pass through the Georgian park lands of Dryham and Dodington before reaching the Roman Camp at Sodbury. Journey’s end is at the village of Horton. 18km / 11 miles / 320m of ascent.

 

Day 4 - Horton to Wotton-under-Edge

Passing Horton Court manor house, we travel through the Cotswold countryside with Newark Park, a countryman’s residence to the east. We then ascend Wortley Hill before dropping down to the town of Wotton, where we finish today’s walk. 16 km / 10 miles / 360m of ascent

 

Day 5 - Wotton-Under-Edge to Coaley Peak

Leaving Wotton-under-Edge we ascend Wotten Hill to see the Tyndale Monument, a 111-foot commemoration of William Tyndale, who was executed in 1536 for opposing Henry VIII’s divorce and translating the bible into English. Passing through North Nibley and crossing Stinchcombe Hill we continue past the town of Dursley to Coaley Peak. 19km / 12 miles / 700m of ascent

Day 6 - Coaley Peak to Painswick

Continuing along the steep slope, we pass the Nympsfield Neolithic long barrow before descending to the Stroudwater Canal. From here we walk to Standish Wood and Painswick, where we see ‘spectacle’ stocks and the wonderful St. Mary’s church, with its 99 yew trees. 12km / 13 miles / 640m of ascent.

 

Day 7 - Painswick to Star College

Ascending Painswick Beacon and an Iron age camp, we continue to Cooper’s Hill, famous for its riotous annual cheese rolling ritual. Walking through ancient beech woodland we reach Crickley Hill Country Park, where archaeologists have been at work nearly 20 years unearthing remnants from different occupations dating back to about 4,000BC. 16km / 10 miles / 580m of ascent.

Day 8 - Star College to Cleeve Common

Today we ascend Leckhampton Hill, passing the striking column of Devil’s Chimney along the way. We pay a visit to Seven Springs where the River Thames rises and Dowesdeswell Reservoir before ascending to Cleeve Hill – the highest point on the Cotswold Way. 19km / 12 miles / 600m of ascent.

Day 9 - Cleeve Common to Stanway

Leaving Cleeve Club House, we pass the Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knapp and descend into Winchcombe. A short walk takes us to Hailes Abbey, which was founded by the Cistercians in 1215 and then on to Stanway House, which is where we end our day. 19km / 12 miles / 440m of ascent.

Day 10 - Stanway to Chipping Campden

Today we visit Stanway House – famous for its thatched village cricket pavilion; a Jacobean mansion with a magnificent gateway and a wonderfully preserved tithe barn. We continue through fields to the village of Broadway and ascend to Broadway Tower, a folly built in 1799 by the Earl of Coventry. Descending Dovers Hill, we complete the Cotswold Way in the medieval town of Chipping Campden. 19km / 12 miles / 500m of ascent.

Day 11 - Departure

Depart after breakfast for return travel.

Accommodation

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.

Travel

Air

The easiest airports for traveling to the Cotswolds are Birmingham and Bristol, approximately 1 to 1.5 hours away by car. Of the two major London airports, the region is best accessed from Heathrow.

Rail

The nearest railway station to Harrington House is Moreton-in-Marsh.
However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and general rail inquiries call 03457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. If you are phoning from outside UK call +44 (0)20 7278 5240.

Station transfer by taxi

he 8-mile journey from Moreton-in-Marsh railway station takes approximately 20 minutes. We have negotiated a preferential rate with Limozena for all pre-booked journeys of £21 for up to 3 passengers per taxi.
The 17-mile journey from Cheltenham Spa railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. The preferential rate from Limozena is £40 per taxi and they will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. Waiting may be charged after the first 10 minutes, unless notification is given at least 30 minutes before due arrival time. Please phone the mobile number to notify. Mobile: +44 (0)7966 449397.
Email: denwalmsley@yahoo.co.uk

Station transfer by bus

From Moreton-in-Marsh railway station catch the 801 bus. Get on next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop in Bourton-on-the-Water. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 100 yards.
Just before the road forks, Harrington House is on your left. Look out for the HF Holidays’ sign.

Advice

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.

Food & Drink

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.

Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise

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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