An 8 walking day and 9 night hiking holiday of the Cotswold Way.

We have outlined the itinerary and what is included in your Cotswold Way holiday below

Cotswold Way Painswick church
Cotswold Way Painswick Church

Key Points

Price is £955 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin or double ensuite room. Single supplement is £55 per night

Shortest day 9 miles/14 kms, Longest day 15 miles/ 24 kms

9 nights’ accommodation with en-suite/private bathrooms

English or Continental breakfasts included, where possible, each morning

We provide an official guidebook with O/S mapping, detailed itinerary and sightseeing/refreshment recommendations for the Cotswold Way

Accommodation is in good quality B&Bs, local inns and small hotels. If you would like upgraded accommodation, please enquire.

Daily luggage transfers along the route

8 days’ walking to complete the 102-mile Cotswold Way walking route.

You can contact us here to make an enquiry about our Cotswold Way 8 day itinerary

Cotswold Way Haresfield Beacon
Cotswold Way Haresfield Beacon

Cotswold Way 8 day / 9 night itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Chipping Campden. Travel to Chipping Campden where your first night’s accommodation is booked. Have a relaxing evening before your start.

Day 2

Chipping Campden to Wood Stanway. Walking from Chipping Campden, one of the best of the Cotswold market towns, the trail climbs on to an escarpment offering fine views across the Vale of Evesham. You then walk through the picturesque town of Broadway with its honey coloured houses and fine old English tea rooms. The trail for the day continues until you reach Wood Stanway [Approx 12 Miles / 20 Kms]

Day 3

Wood Stanway to Cleeve Hill There is much to see on this section as you continue onto Winchcombe, the ancient capital of Mercia and nearby Sudeley Castle, dating back to the 12th century. The trail ascends to “Belas Knap” the neolithic long barrow and onto the highest point of the Cotswolds; Cleeve Hill (317mtrs) [Approx 11 Miles / 18 Kms]

Day 4

Cleeve Hill to Birdlip Enjoy the views over Cheltenham and on a clear day as far as the Black Mountains in Wales, passing through Bill Smylie’s butterfly reserve before eventually descending to Dowdewell reservoir then past Seven Springs – for some the source of the River Thames and follow the escarpment onto Leckhampton Hill. More excellent views follow into Crickley Hill Country Park before heading through woods and onto Birdlip [Approx 15 Miles / 25 Kms]

Day 5

Birdlip to Painswick. The route passes close to the Roman Villa at Witcombe, where a bath house and fine mosaics have been unearthed & worth a look if time permits. Cooper’s Hill offers fine views and is today famous for its annual “Cheese rolling” event. Painswick, a fine, small Cotswold 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 [Approx 9 Miles / 14 Kms]

Cotswold Way Broadway Tower
The Cotswold Way Broadway Tower

Day 6

Painswick to Uley/Dursley. More fantastic views to enjoy today, especially the panorama from Haresfield Beacon over the Severn valley. The walk is quite hilly but rewards you with fine vistas and historic sites, including a Neolithic long barrow and Iron Age fort. More woodland and magnificent views at Coaley Peak before reaching Dursley, a town once famous for its wool and cloth [Approx 15 Miles / 24 Kms]

Day 7

Uley/Dursley to Hawkesbury. Leaving Dursley the route climbs steeply onto Stinchcombe Hill and more magnificent views. There is another steep ascent to reach the famous “Tynedale Monument” at North Nibley and onwards to the town of Wotton-under-Edge dating back to Saxon times, the town has a fine mixture of old buildings plus a selection of pubs, shops and places to eat [Approx 14 Miles / 23 Kms]

Day 8

Hawkesbury to Cold Ashton. The walk today takes you to the National Trust property of Horton Court and then passes through Dodington Park, landscaped by “Capability Brown”. The trail passes Dyrham Park (NT), famous for deer and a fine Tudor mansion worth visiting if time allows then onwards to the village of Cold Ashton with its magnificent rectory and manor house [Approx 14 Miles / 23 Kms]

Day 9

Cold Ashton to Bath. The route now descends into a lovely valley at Lower Hamswell then climbs to the Civil War battle site of Lansdown and levels out past an ancient hill fort and Bath race course. It slowly descends through farmland down to the fine regency Spa city of Bath and the conclusion of the route at Bath Abbey [Approx 10 Miles / 16 Kms]

Day 10

Depart after breakfast. Explore Bath before leaving.

Cotswold Way Roman Baths
Cotswold Way Roman Baths

Further Notes

Cotswold Way 8 day itinerary. The journey to Moreton in Marsh (the closest train station) is 90 minutes from London (Paddington) and other train stations servicing the area are at Cheltenham & Evesham. There is free, long-term parking in Chipping Campden at ‘Back Ends’

For our overseas guests, the most convenient airports are Heathrow with rail connections to Moreton-in-the-Marsh via Reading and Birmingham International Airport has rail connections to Cheltenham via New Street Station

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