The Cross Cotswold Pathway, a long distance walking trail, starts at Banbury in Oxfordshire and wends its way south-west for 86 miles (139 km), through the rolling green Cotswold countryside, market towns and pretty villages to its destination at Bath in Somerset.

Enjoy the varied landscapes along the trail from north-east to south-west of the Cotswolds

From Banbury, the trail heads south-west, passing very close to the Rollright Stones, a Bronze Age stone circle steeped in legend and folklore.  It then takes in prosperous lowland villages such as Adlestrop, where the poet Edward Thomas was inspired to write his well-known poem also called ‘Adlestrop’ at the brink of the First World War.  It then crosses the picturesque Cotswolds, passing famous and historic towns, such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Cirencester, where you can spend the night.  You’ll also visit some of the most beautiful villages in England: Lower Slaughter and Castle Combe to name but two.  But that’s not all!  Along the route there are also the grand country houses at Broughton Castle, Chastleton House and Chedworth Roman Villa to admire and photograph, an abundance of ancient churches to explore, together with the odd good pub in which to take refreshment.

The Pathway ends in Bath, which boasts the Roman Baths built over hot springs, the elegant 18th century Royal Crescent and associations with Jane Austen, one of its most famous residents.

Less demanding than the Cotswold Way

The Cross Cotswold Pathway forms part of the MacMillan Way, a coast-to-coast 290 mile (467 km) trail running from Boston, Lincolnshire on the east coast of England to Abbotsbury, Devon or Barnstaple, Cornwall in the south-west.  The trail is promoted by the MacMillan Cancer Charity to raise funds for its work and we donate part of our profit from each walking tour along the Pathway.

If you’d like to see some images from the trail, check out our album on Flickr.

Route details for the Cross Cotswold Pathway

Distance:  86 miles (139 km) between Banbury, Oxfordshire and Bath, Somerset.

Cross Cotswold Pathway map

Grade: Moderate (less strenuous than the Cotswold Way)

Average duration: 7 walking days and 8 nights

Time of year: The Cross Cotswold Pathway can be walked at any time of the year but it is probably best from April to October.  During wet periods, which are of course more common in winter, there will be muddy sections of the trail.

Prices: Starting from £80 per person per night based on two people sharing a room.

What’s included: bed and breakfast in good quality accommodation, luggage transfer, a guidebook and map, advice on travelling to and from the holiday within the UK and support in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Here are some of the towns and villages that you’ll encounter along the Cross Cotswold Pathway

Location Miles Km
Banbury 0 0
Long Compton 14 23
Maugersbury (by Stow-on-the-Wold) 23 37
Hampnett (by Northleach) 32 53
Cirencester diversion 39 63
Sapperton 46 74
Westonbirt (by Tetbury) 62 100
Castle Combe 73 117
Bath 86 139


If you think the Cross Cotswold Pathway is the trail for you, please contact us here to book or to discuss your individual requirements.

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When we initially began investigations into organizing our walk we were pleasantly surprised by your readiness to tailor arrangements for us according to our preferences and the needs of our elderly mother. We would highly recommend “Walk the Landscape” to others.
Kerri-Ann Wilson, NSW, Australia

Cotswold Pathway near Banbury