The Cotswolds are defined by rolling hills with magical views, idyllic scarp foot villages and lush valleys dotted with honey coloured stone farms and pretty market towns. This tour has been designed by us to embrace many of the Cotswold's highlights. Your route includes some well worn Cotswold walks and some lesser known footpaths - our speciality.

You'll discover innumerable stunning hamlets and visit Broadway, Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold, the Slaughters, Bourton on the Water, Winchcombe and Chipping Campden. History and wildlife abound, cosy inns beckon and timeless, glorious landscapes will refresh. The itinerary is relaxed and we have chosen a characterful mix of hotels for you to enjoy and relax in at the end of each day.

As Stratford on Avon is so close, we have added the option of an additional day at the start of the tour for those wanting to take a close look at the town where Shakespeare spent so much time.



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £790 per person
for 5 nights. 6 night tour £980 per person

Luxury

from £1,225 per person
for 5 nights. 6 night tour £1,450 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Transfer to Moreton-in-Marsh train station at the end of your holiday.  See what’s included as standard

Duration

5 or 6 nights

Start & Finish

5 night tour starts Sundays and is circular from Chipping Campden. 6 night tour starts Saturdays from Stratford on Avon, finishes Chipping Campden

Hotels

Classic

Small hand picked hotels and inns a restaurant with rooms and a b&b

Luxury

Characterful and historic 4 star hotels, a boutique hotel and a 15th Century inn

Holiday type

Self-guided

This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Not so gentle walking. More info...

Mileage

5 or 6 days of walking 4 - 12 miles (6 - 19 km) per day

Terrain

Rolling

Options

  • Additional nights in Chipping Campden or Stratford
  • Fly fishing with an additional night in Bourton




Itinerary day-by-day


Classic

  1. 1. Day one

    (Optional) - Stratford on Avon

    The 6 night tour starts on Saturday with your arrival in Stratford on Avon. Check into your hotel located in the heart of the town. The day is yours to explore the Stratford that Shakespeare knew including the houses where he and his family lived. You may also wish to enjoy a Shakespeare play in the evening at the Stratford Theatre.

  2. 2. Day two

    Chipping Campden

    Take time to further explore Stratford this morning before your host meets you. He will run through your itinerary and familiarize you with the route before transferring you to Chipping Campden. The 5 night tour starts here in Chipping Campden on Sunday where a warm welcome awaits at your village accommodation. Often described as the jewel of the Cotswolds, this honey coloured stone village has quite a history to unravel. If you are into gardens, we suggest an afternoon visit to the nearby gems of Hidcote and Kiftsgate. For those keen to get walking there is a short circular route through shaded woodlands and past breathtaking views.

    Optional 3 miles (5 km) or 5 miles (7 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Chipping Campden to Moreton in Marsh

    Today's walk takes you through several charming villages as you wend your way up and then down to the market town of Moreton in Marsh. Follow a charming brook through a steep sided valley to enter hilly grazing land. Flank woodlands, ancient parks and take in Batsford Arboretum if that appeals. Several cosy pubs mark the route and some stunning views.

    8 miles (13 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Moreton in Marsh to Bourton on Water

    Full of interest, this walk takes you over the high wolds and through some idyllic villages to Stow on the Wold with its characterful market square and antique shops. Its then a downhill walk through picturesque water meadows and a mill on the river Dickler to charming Lower Slaughter. A little further on lies Bourton on Water, nestled in a valley with the River Windrush flowing through its heart. Sometimes described as the Venice of the Cotswolds, the village has your overnight stop located at its centre.

    12 miles (19 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Bourton on Water to Winchcombe

    Perhaps the tour's most idyllic day of walking, you follow the Windrush Valley this morning and discover yet more classic Cotswold villages. The footpath leads through sheltered woods before you take a very pretty descent down the Cotswold scarp with amazing views. Stop at Sudeley Castle if you wish, where many Royal tales can be told before relaxing in Winchcombe - an unspoilt small Cotswold town.

    12 miles (19 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Winchcombe to Broadway

    Walking for much of the time below the scarp face of the Cotswolds, this is a gentle day -a lowland treasure of long views and tiny villages, of superb specimen trees and individual buildings that make you pause and wonder. There's splendour, peace and finally the bustle of Broadway where you will spend your last night.

    10 miles (16 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Broadway to Chipping Campden

    This is a dramatic end to the tour with a short but steep ascent up the Cotswold scarp to the Broadway Tower with its stunning panoramic view. This is not the only big view of the day before you slip quietly into elegant Chipping Campden, a market town without equal and a fitting finish to the highlights of the Cotswolds. We will meet you after lunch and if you wish transfer you to Moreton in Marsh station.

    4 miles (7 km)

Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    (Optional) - Stratford on Avon

    The 6 night tour starts on a Saturday with your arrival in Stratford on Avon. Check into your hotel located in the heart of the town. The day is yours to explore the Stratford that Shakespeare knew including the houses where he and his family lived. You may also wish to enjoy a Shakespeare play in the evening at the Stratford Theatre.

  2. 2. Day two

    Chipping Campden

    Take time to further explore Stratford this morning before your host meets you. He will run through your itinerary and familiarize you with the route before transferring you to Chipping Campden. The 5 night tour starts here in Chipping Campden on Sunday where a warm welcome awaits at your hotel in the village. Often described as the jewel of the Cotswolds, this honey coloured stone village has quite a history to unravel. If you are into gardens, we suggest an afternoon visit to the nearby gems of Hidcote and Kiftsgate. For those keen to get walking there is a short circular route through shaded woodlands and past breathtaking views.

    Optional 3 miles (5 km) or 5 miles (7 km)

  3. 3. Day three

    Chipping Campden to Moreton in Marsh

    Today's walk takes you through several charming villages as you wend your way up and then down to the market town of Moreton in Marsh. Follow a charming brook through a steep sided valley to enter hilly grazing land. Flank woodlands, ancient parks and take in Batsford Arboretum if that appeals. Several cosy pubs mark the route and some stunning views.

    8 miles (13 km)

  4. 4. Day four

    Moreton in Marsh to Lower Slaughter

    Full of interest, this walk takes you over the high wolds and through some idyllic villages to Stow on the Wold with its characterful market square and antique shops. Its then a downhill walk through picturesque water meadows and a mill on the river Dickler to charming Lower Slaughter where you will stay the night. The tiny River eye is the high street of the village.

    10 miles (16 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Bourton on Water to Winchcombe

    For perhaps the tour's most idyllic day of walking, we transfer you after breakfast to Bourton on Water - the 'Venice of the Cotswolds', to follow the Windrush Valley and discover yet more classic Cotswold villages. The footpath leads through sheltered woods before you take a very pretty descent down the Cotswold scarp with amazing views. Stop at Sudeley Castle if you wish, where many Royal tales can be told before relaxing in Winchcombe - an unspoilt small Cotswold town.

    12 miles (19 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Winchcombe to Broadway

    Walking for much of the time below the scarp face of the Cotswolds, this is a gentle day -a lowland treasure of long views and tiny villages, of superb specimen trees and individual buildings that make you pause and wonder. There's splendour, peace and finally the bustle of Broadway where you will spend your last night.

    10 miles (16 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Broadway to Chipping Campden

    This is a dramatic end to the tour with a short but steep ascent up the Cotswold scarp to the Broadway Tower with its stunning panoramic view. This is not the only big view of the day before you slip quietly into elegant Chipping Campden, a market town without equal and a fitting finish to the handpicked Cotswolds. We will meet you after lunch and if you wish transfer you to Moreton in Marsh station.

    4 miles (7 km)