Set in a truly English landscape, the Cotswold Way follows the Cotswold Escarpment between the handsome town of Chipping Campden in the north and the elegant city of Bath in the south.
Chipping Campden is a quintessential Cotswold town, with buildings of honey-coloured limestone dating back to the 14th century and a magnificent parish church built on profits from the medieval wool trade. In contrast, the city of Bath is one of England’s most elegant Georgian towns. Among its highlights are the 1st-century Roman Baths built over the only hot springs in Britain, the 18th-century Royal Crescent and associations with Jane Austen, one of its most famous residents.
Explore old market towns and picturesque villages in the heart of rural England
Between these outstanding towns, the route follows ancient pathways along the Cotswold Edge that traverse sheep pastures and beech woodlands. It offers stunning panoramic views to the west, which on a clear day stretch to the Severn Bridges and the Black Mountains in Wales. It passes through picturesque towns and villages, like Broadway, Stanton, Painswick and Old Sodbury, with manor houses, cottages, churches and country pubs built in characteristic honey-coloured limestone. And, there’s also evidence of earlier settlements, like the Stone Age burial chamber at Belas Knap and the Iron Age fort at Crickley Hill, one of a string of forts located along the Cotswold Edge.
On our carefully planned self-guided tours you are free to explore the Cotswold Way by yourself, or in your own group, at a pace that you choose. We will book hand-picked accommodation, organise luggage transfers and provide maps and a guide book, leaving you to relax, enjoy your holiday and leave your worries behind.
You can enjoy the pubs, teashops, B&Bs and all the hospitality that the heart of England has to offer
If you would like a preview of some of the picture-perfect places along the route, check out our photos on Flickr.
Route details for the Cotswold Way:
Distance: 102 miles (164 km) running north-south along the Cotswold Escarpment between Chipping Campden and Bath. The Cotswold Way can be walked in either direction or in part.
Grade: Moderate to strenuous. The route ascends and descends the escarpment all along the route. Although not too high, at up to 300m, it can be quite steep.
Average duration: 10 walking days and 11 nights at 10 to 12 miles (16 to 19 km) per day, or 7 days, 8 nights at a faster walking pace of around 15 miles (25 km) per day.
Time of year: The Cotswold Way can be walked at any time of the year. It is especially beautiful when the spring flowers are blooming and the woodlands are carpeted in bluebells. It’s also lovely in the autumn when the landscape is painted with bright colours of autumn leaves. Winter can be more challenging with prevailing winds from the Atlantic and occasional snow and ice, so in winter is best walked from south to north.
Standard Tours: Please click here for the prices of our standard tours and to see what’s included. If these don’t quite meet your needs, we will be happy to provide a customised tour.
Here are some of the charming towns and villages you will get to know on your journey along the Cotswold Way
With accommodation and luggage transfers taken care of, you are free to relax and enjoy the self-guided walk at your own pace, leaving you to appreciate the quaint villages and stunning views that this picturesque trail through magnificent countryside offers.
With prices starting from as little as £85 per person per night, based on two people sharing in B&B accommodation, this surely delivers excellent value for money.
If all or part of the Cotswold Way is the trail you would like to walk, please contact us here to discuss your individual requirements.