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Cotswold Way – Part 2 (North)

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Cotswold Way – Part 2 (North)

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Running from the beautiful town of Chipping Campden to the pretty old wool town of Painswick, this section of the Cotswold Way takes you on a journey through quintessential English countryside, unspoilt woodland, areas steeped in history all whilst enjoying the beautiful landscape of gentle rolling hills.

Quick Facts

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 46.5 miles (75km) and 1813m (5948ft) of ascent
  • Explore classic English countryside

About & Details

This part of the Cotswold way is a 46.5 mile route which begins in the beautiful market town of Chipping Campden and ending in the picturesque town of Painswick, famous for its wool trade in the 17th and 18th century.  You will take in enchanting villages made of honey coloured Cotswold stone, unspoilt woodland, areas steeped in history and all with a backdrop of lush farmland and green rolling hills.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a lightweight day-sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking.

The price for this trip is based on 2 people sharing.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveler supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £90 per group per night may apply
  • Extra bag £12.50 per person per day
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By Air: The nearest airports are Bristol and Birmingham.

By Rail / Bus: The nearest railway stations to Chipping Campden are Moreton-in-Marsh and Honeybourn, all around 15 minutes away by car or by bus. These have regular services from London, Birmingham and Bristol. There are then various bus services to Painswick or you can also pre-book a local taxi.

By Road: Travelling by car is the easiest way to get to Chipping Campden.

Getting Away

By Air: The nearest airports are Bristol and Birmingham.

By Rail: The nearest railway stations to Painswick are Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester, all around 15 minutes away by car or by bus. These have regular services from London, Birmingham and Bristol. There is a bus service or you can also pre-book a local taxi.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at the end of the trail, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘build your trip’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Chipping Campden

    Check into your accommodation in Chipping Campden.

  • Day 2 - Chipping Campden to Stanton

    Your walk today will see you leave the charming town of Chipping Campden and head straight onto the Cotswold escarpment, which follows much of the Cotswold Way and treat you to spectacular views from Dover’s Hill.  The route takes you across green fields and peaceful farmland to Broadway Tower, designed in 1978 for the Sixth Earl of Coventry in an apparent desire to impress his second wife.  Stroll through the village of Broadway, another quintessential Cotswold village and arrive at the smaller but equally charming village of Stanton.  This will be your home for the night.

    10 miles (16 km) and 400 m (1312ft) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Stanton to Winchcombe

    Leaving Stanton, the route passes through fields and farmland before a steep climb onto the escarpment offering panoramic views across the vale of Evesham and the Malverns.  Before continuing, catch your breath by the Cromwell Monument, where it is rumoured Thomas Cromwell sat and watched the destruction of Hailes Abbey in the valley below.  The path descents towards the Abbey ruins where you will cross open countryside dotted with sheep and cows before arriving in Winchcombe, a market town of Medieval origin.  The town is steeped in history and this is where you will relax for the night.

    8 miles (13km) and 207 m (679ft) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - Winchcombe to Dowdeswell

    Today you will climb Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds.  At 330m (1083ft) it offers commanding views of Cheltenham, its famous racecourse as well as the River Severn.  Along the way you will see the ancient Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knap, a 2500 B.C. burial mound and find yourself walking along country lanes and  and unspoilt woodland.  Your accommodation for the night will be in the small rural village of Dowdeswell.

    12 miles (19km) and 474 m (1555ft) of ascent.

  • Day 5 - Dowdeswell to Birdlip

    Leaving Dowdeswell, the route passes through Linear Wood, climbs up to Wistley Plantation and continues over farmland and open countryside before descending near to what some believe is to be the source of the Thames – Seven Springs.  Look out for Devil’s Chimney,  a distinctive rock pillar at the top of Leckhampton Hill.  You will continue walking along quiet country paths and lanes, through ancient woodland before arriving at Birdlip, your accommodation for the night.

     10 miles (15km) and 494m (1620ft) of ascent.

  • Day 6 - Birdlip to Painswick

    Your final day of walking will take you through lush woodland, a climb up Cooper’s Hill; home of the annual cheese rolling contest and across common land to Painswick golf course where the ramparts of an old Iron Age hill fort can still be seen.  You have arrived in the pretty and sleepy town of Painswick.  You made it!

     7 miles (12km) and 238m (781ft) of ascent.

     

Notes:

This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary. Any timings and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

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Reviews

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Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

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