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The Cotswold Way (Self-Guided)

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The Cotswold Way (Self-Guided)

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Running from the small market town of Chipping Campden to the City of Bath World Heritage Site, The Cotswold Way takes you on a journey through classic English countryside.  As you trek through open farmland and honey coloured villages created from Cotswold Stone, following the Cotswold escarpment for much of its course, you will pass stately homes, ancient battle sites and beautiful churches, all whilst being treated to some of the most amazing views in England.

Quick Facts

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 102 miles (164km) and 4,311m (14,143ft) of ascent
  • Explore classic English countryside

About & Details

The Cotswold Way is a 102 mile route which begins in the beautiful market town of Chipping Campden and for the most part follows the Cotswold escarpment to The World Heritage City of Bath. It is a popular trail, journeying through green landscapes, rolling farmland, peaceful woodlands and attractive villages.

This route is perfect for anyone seeking out a taste of quintessential English countryside. Home to ancient castles, Neolithic burial grounds, idyllic villages and breathtaking views, this route offers it all. As the path meanders along the escarpment, you are treated to ever-changing views which are steeped in history and are therefore sure to make your trip a pleasure from start to finish.

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 comfortable 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

  • 8 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • 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 £55 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveler supplement £45 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £35 per group per night
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 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 Honeybourne, both 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 Chipping Campden or you can also pre-book a local taxi.

By Road: Travelling by car is the easiest way to get to Chipping Campden. Walkers are encouraged to use the free parking in Back Ends.

Getting Away

By Air: The nearest airports are Bristol and Birmingham.

By Rail: There are frequent services running from Bath to London and also Birmingham

By Coach: National Express coaches serve Bath and transfer to a variety of different locations.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Chipping Campden

    Check into your accommodation in Chipping Campden

  • Day 2 - Chipping Campden to Stanton

    The Cotswold Way begins by leaving the historic market town of Chipping Campden and climbing to Dover’s Hill, followed by Broadway Tower. Take a few minutes to catch your breath while taking in the panoramic views, before descending to the pretty village of Broadway. The traditional English tearooms here provide a welcome stop. The route then continues over Shenberrow Hill before descending to the unspoilt 17th century village of Stanton where you will stay for the night.

    11 miles (17.7km) and 429m (1409ft) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Stanton to Cleeve Hill

    One of the first things to look out for today is Stanway House, a Jacobean manor house, also home to the tallest gravity fountain in the world. The path then passes by Hailes Abbey where the historic ruins provide a tranquil place to relax and enjoy a picnic. After descending to Winchcombe, continue via Sudeley Castle to Belas Knap, a huge Neolithic burial chamber. You will end the day at Cleeve Hill, the highest point on the Cotswold Way.

    13 miles (21km) and 626m (2056ft) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - Cleeve Hill to Birdlip

    Today, the trails sets out along the western edge of the escarpment with wonderful views down to Cheltenham and across the Vale of Gloucester. After a short while, the path descend parallel to Dowdeswell Wood Nature Reserve. With an abundance of bright flowers forming carpets amongst the trees, this really is a sight not to be missed! After passing Seven Springs and Leckhampton Hill, look out for the Devil’s Chimney – a distinctive pinnacle of rock and one of the main landmarks of the walk. The route then takes you on to Crickley Hill before descending to the village of Birdlip.

    16 miles (25.7km) and 699m (2295ft) of ascent.

  • Day 5 - Birdlip to Painswick

    The Cotswold Way leaves Birdlip and heads through tranquil woodlands to Cooper’s Hill, known not only as a spectacular view point, but also as the famous site of the annual cheese rolling festival. If you are ready for refreshments, a short detour can be made to Prinknash Abbey, before heading out of the woodland and reaching Painswick Beacon, providing yet another opportunity to to take in the impressive views across the Severn Vale. Your stopping point for the evening is the delightful old market town of Painswick.

    7 miles (11.5km) and 279m (918ft) of ascent.

  • Day 6 - Painswick to King's Stanley

    Today is arguably one of the best sections of the walk. The trail first heads through open countryside to Scottsquar Hill, before continuing on to Haresfield Beacon which provides great views of the surrounding countryside. From here you will descend to the Stroud Valley before crossing the Stroudwater Canal. Just before you reach King’s Stanley and your stopping point for the evening, the trail passes Stanley Woollen Mills, once the home of 1000 employees and a reminder of the Cotswolds’ wool making history.

    9 miles (14.4km) and 354m (1162ft) of ascent.

  • Day 7 - King's Stanley to Wotton-under-Edge

    To begin today, the route climbs steeply up to Penn Wood. After a series of short steep ascents and descents, where you are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, the path continues through woodland and farmland, before reaching the market town of Dursley. Here you will find a variety of small shops, cafes and pubs – an ideal place for refreshments. Leaving Dursley, the route once again climbs steeply up onto Stinchcombe Hill, before reaching North Nibley village and the Tyndale Monument. Your last descent of the day brings you down to Wotton-under-Edge where you will receive a friendly Gloucestershire welcome.

    15 miles (24km) and 780m (2561ft) of ascent.

  • Day 8 - Wotton-under-Edge to Tormarton

    Leaving Wotton-under-Edge, the way follows a stream, before rising steeply back up on to the escarpment where you will be treated to impressive views of the surrounding area. From here the path wanders through peaceful countryside to the Somerset Monument, before reaching Hawksbury Upton, a traditional Cotswold village. After passing Horton Court – thought to be the oldest vicarage in England – the route passes through the villages of Horton and Old Sodbury before crossing the final few fields to Tormarton. If you have time, St Mary Magdalene Church, which dates back to the 12th century, is well worth a visit.

    15 miles (24km) and 632m (2075ft) of ascent.

  • Day 9 - Tormarton to Bath

    Not long after leaving Tormarton, you will reach Dyrham Park, a spectacular 17th century house, home to an ancient deer park and stunning gardens. Next up today is the small village of Cold Ashton followed by a climb to the top of Lansdown Hill. Once over the famous Bath racecourse, you will emerge at Prospect Stile where on a clear day you can see across to the Black Mountains in Wales. Arriving in Bath, make your way to Bath Abbey where a blue limestone disc set into the pavement marks the end of The Cotswold Way. You’ve made it!

    16 miles (25.7km) and 512m (1681ft) of ascent.

Disclaimer

Please note: 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 are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £299 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10 weeks before departure

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
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