Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way Walking Holiday
Stratford on Avon to Bath
In The Cotswolds England
11 nights and 10 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

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Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

 Cotswold Way Walking Holiday
The Heart of England Way and The Monarch’s Way
Walking Holiday in England’s Cotswolds
from Stratford-upon-Avon via Chipping Campden to Bath
via Broadway, Winchcombe, Clevehill, Birdlip, Dursley and Wotton-under-Edge.

The Cotswold Way walking holiday is a 117 mile (187 km) way-marked walking trail which includes one of national trails in the UK, the Heart of England Way and the Monarchs Way.

Hiking through the heart of the Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most popular regions, this walking holiday passes through the famous English Cotswold towns and villages of Stratford upon Avon, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Painswick, Wotton-under-Edge and Bath.

This self-guided UK Cotswold Way walking holiday makes a varied and interesting hiking tour. The Cotswold Way passes through some of England’s most charming landscape, full of wildlife, stunning scenery and history.

You can make the Cotswold Way walking holiday into a longer walking holiday by connecting with:

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.

The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.

We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.

Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.

Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest selection of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Cotswold Way Walking Holiday
Stratford upon Avon to Bath
Suggested Tour Duration
:
11 nights, 10 days walking
Total Distance:
117 miles/187 kms
Min/max daily distance:
7/15 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
Easy/Moderate
Features:
Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford upon Avon
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon
Boat Trips, Stratford upon Avon
 Cotswold Villages and Pubs,
Chipping Campden,
Broadway Tower and Country Park
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Broadway & Winchcombe
Painswick Rocco Gardens
Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, Bath
Royal Crescent, Bath
Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath
This route connects with:
Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath
Shakespeare’s Way

  Cotswold Way Walking Holiday
The Heart of England Way, and The Monarch’s Way
in Southern England and The Midlands on The Cotswolds
from Stratford upon Avon via Chipping Campden to Bath
11 nights and 10 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Stratford-upon-Avon

To start your Cotswold’s walking holiday you make your own way to Stratford-upon-Avon. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary, just ask one of our staff. Car parking is available for the duration of your Cotswolds self-guided walking holiday.  Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and also the start of the Shakespeare’s Way.

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Optional Day(s): Exploring Stratford-upon-Avon
Take an extra day/s to explore Stratford-upon-Avon and to visit the Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Royal Shakespeare Theatre or take a boast trip on the River Avon before starting on your walking holiday in the Cotswolds.

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 2: Stratford-upon-Avon to Chipping Campden    15 miles
You follow the River Avon along way-marked trails out of Stratford and head towards Mickleton where the Gardens at Hidcote Manor are well worth a visit. Then it is just a short walk to Chipping Campden for your overnight stay.

Optional Day: Exploring Chipping Campden
Take an extra day to explore Chipping Campden and to visit the Gardens at Hidcote Manor before starting on The Cotswold Way.

Day 3: Chipping Campden to Stanton        10 miles
Walking on from Chipping Campden, one of the best of the Cotswold market towns with a fine range of shops and pubs, the trail climbs on to an escarpment offering fine views across the Vale of Evesham. You then walk through the very popular town of Broadway with its honey coloured houses and fine old English tea rooms. There is plenty of time to explore the Cotswold gem that is Broadway. The hiking trail soon arrives at Stanton.

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 4: Stanton to Cleeve Hill         14 miles   
Walking on from Stanton, which has been called the perfect Cotswold village, the route crosses farmland and then climbs to Stumps Cross. The remains of Hailes Abbey are worth a visit. Winchcombe is a fine small town with a selection of shops and inns, also a Folk museum. The walk passes Sudeley Castle, dating back to the 12th century. Cleeve Common and the surrounding areas offer fine views.

Day 5: Cleeve Hill to Birdlip        15 miles   
Today’s walk mostly follows the western edge of the Cotswolds escarpment above Cheltenham. This area is famous for its butterflies. The trail passes by Dowdeswell Reservoir. The route passes Seven Springs, claimed to be the source of the River Churn, a tributary of the River Thames. The Devil’s Chimney a craggy rock finger is a local landmark below Leckhampton Hill.

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 6: Birdlip to Painswick         7 miles   
Much of today’s walk is in woodlands. At the Roman Villa at Witcombe, a bath house and fine mosaics have been unearthed. Cooper’s Hill offers fine views and formed part of a large 500BC Iron Age encampment.

Optional Day : Exploring Painswick
A pleasant town to take a rest day, with optional visit to Rococo Gardens.

Day 7: Painswick to Middleyard (Kings Stanley)        9.5 miles   
Painswick is a fine small market town with streets dating back to the 13th century. The local stone is light grey giving the town a different feel for a normal Cotswold town. This section of The Cotswold Way is said to have some of the finest views on the whole walking trail. The views from Haresfield Beacon over the Severn valley below are stunning.

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 8: Middleyard (Kings Stanley) to Wotton-under-Edge       13.5 miles   
Today’s walk is quite hilly but rewards you with fine vistas and many historic sites including a Neolithic long barrow and Iron Age fort. The walking trail passes through Dursley, a town once famous for its wool and cloth. The Severn Valley and the Forest of Dean offer great vistas in this part of The Cotswold Way.

Day 9: Wotton-under-Edge to Hawkesbury Upton           8 miles   
The town of Wotton-under-Edge dates back to Saxon times AD940, but the oldest house in the town now dates back to 1350 (the former Ram Inn). This town has a fine mixture of old buildings and a selection of pubs, shops and places to eat. This part of your walking holiday passes through an area of the Cotwolds where in former times the cloth and woollen industries were very important. The Cotswold Way passes many former water mills and mill streams.

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 10: Hawkesbury Upton to Cold Ashton         14 miles   
This section of the trail is perhaps the most rural as there are few villages. The highlights are Sodbury Hill Fort with 11 acres of ramparts and ditches with Iron Age and Roman origins. The walk through Dodington Park, landscaped by Capability Brown, is a highlight. Dyrham Park, famous for deer and a fine Tudor mansion, is well worth a visit.

Day 11: Cold Ashton to Bath         10 miles   
Today’s walk is through a very varied landscape of hills offering fine vistas and pretty little valleys showing the Cotswolds at their best. Finally the walking holiday ends in Bath, this gem of an English city, famous for its Roman Baths, Abbey and Royal Crescent.

Cotswold Way walking holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Optional Day(s):  Exploring Bath
There is so much to see in Bath that it is worth spending extra day(s) to take in the architecture and atmostphere.

Day 12: Depart after breakfast
Depart after Breakfast or extend your holiday walking and spend some time exploring  England’s Cotswolds.  The route here connects with the Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath.
We can transfer you to your car or station.

Cotswold Way Walking Holiday
from Stratford Upon Avon to Bath
12 Day Itinerary
10 days walking and 11 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Stratford upon Avon
Optional Day 1: Exploring Stratford upon Avon
Day 2: Stratford upon Avon to Chipping Campden  15 miles
Optional Day 2: Exploring Chipping Campden
Day 3: Chipping Campden to Stanton                        10 miles
Day 4: Stanton to Cleeve Hill                                   14.5 miles
Day 5: Cleeve Hill to Birdlip                                      5.5 miles
Day 6: Birdlip to Painswick                                           7 miles
Optional Day 3: in Painswick
Day 7: Painswick to Middleyard                                9.5 miles
Day 8: Middleyard to Wotton under Edge               13.5 miles
Day 9: Wotton under Edge to Hawkesbury Upton      8 miles
Day 10:
Hawkesbury Upton to Cold Ashton               14 miles
Day 11: Cold Ashton to Bath                                         10 miles
Optional Day 4: Exploring Bath
Day 12: Depart Bath after breakfast

£1,089pp
dbl/twin

£1,463pp
single occ

£1,628pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £49 per person depending on location

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Cotswold Way 12 days
Stratford-upon-Avon to Bath

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Stratford upon Avon

double/twin

Single

Falcon Legacy Hotel

 £65.00

£65.00

Mercure Shakespeare

£65.00

£75.00

What’s included
in your UK
Cotswold Way walking holiday in The Cotswolds, England

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • OS 1:25,000 map
  • guide book to Cotswold Way

Optional Extras
for your UK Cotswold Way walking holiday in The Cotswolds, England

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
 

What’s not included
in your UK Cotswold Way walking holiday in The Cotswolds, England

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Cotswold Way Walking Holiday: How to get there

  • By Plane  to Bristol, Birmingham or London where we can arrange transfer to Stratford-upon-Avon, Chipping Campden or Bath
  • By Car to Chipping Campden where parking is available
  • By Train/Bus to Stratford-upon-Avon, Chipping Campden or Bath

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