We offer a range of specially selected self-guided walking tours through the Cotswolds and central England’s green and pleasant land.

If you’d like to escape either on your own or in your own little group, one of our self-guided walking tours is a great way to explore the English countryside at your own pace whilst enjoying the peace and serenity that our landscape exudes.

Our tours are designed for walkers of all ages and levels of fitness to enjoy.  We’ll organise all of your accommodation in hand-picked hotels, inns and B&Bs, as well as arranging taxis and luggage transfers as required, so you’re free to immerse yourself in the landscape, without having to lug around a heavy backpack full of clothes!

And don’t worry if our tours don’t fit your requirements completely.  We are able to customise each tour to your precise requirements, including daily walking distance, specialist accommodation and any other requests you may have.

Whether you’d like to stick to one location and explore all that the locality has to offer, or you’d rather stay on the move and walk from inn to inn, we can provide you with a map and instructions of the most exciting and interesting walks, including fascinating notes of the local history, heritage and nature that you’ll encounter.

Our self-guided walking tours

Classic Cotswold Tours

Here are some of the tours that we offer:

Stow-on-the-Wold or Bourton-on-the-Water – if you wish to stay in one place, we offer accommodation in these picturesque market towns with directions and maps for day walks of easy to moderate walking from 5 to 12 miles (8 to 20 km) long.

The Classic Cotswolds – amble through famous towns and villages in the north Cotswolds.  Up to 50 miles (82 km) of moderate walking.

The Oxfordshire Cotswolds – follow a less trodden route through the picturesque villages in the east Cotswolds.  35 miles (58 km) of easy to moderate walking.

National Walking Trails

The Cotswold Way – enjoy the long views and honey coloured villages along all or part of this stunning National Trail.  Up to 102 miles (164 km) of moderate to strenuous walking.

The Thames Path – Take in all the history, wildlife and grandeur that the great artery of England, the River Thames, has to offer on this popular National Trail. Up to 184 miles (294 km) of easy walking.

The Ridgeway – Go back in time and follow one of the oldest routes in Europe and explore Avebury stone circle and other ancient monuments along this National Trail.  Up to 87 miles (140 km) of easy to strenuous walking (depending on the section).

Popular Walking Trails

Cross Cotswold Pathway – travel through the Cotswolds from Banbury in the north-east to Bath in the south west and experience varied landscapes and less strenuous conditions than the Cotswold Way.  86 miles (138 km) of easy to moderate walking.

Shakespeare’s Way – take the route from Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to his workplace at the Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames in London.  Up to 146 miles (235 km) of easy to moderate walking.

The Oxfordshire Way – starting from Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, meander through the plush villages and rich farmland of Oxfordshire to meet the river at Henley-on-Thames.  68 miles (109 km) of easy to moderate walking.

The Heart of England Way – explore the English Midlands on this trail from Cannock Chase in Staffordshire to Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire.  100 miles (160 km) of easy to moderate walking.

Canal Tours

The Oxford Canal – follow one of England’s oldest canals from the industrial heartland in Coventry to the Oxford, the city of dreaming spires and home to the oldest university in the English speaking world.  78 miles (126 km) of easy walking.

The Grand Union Canal – enjoy the history and wildlife along the Grand Union, the main highway for goods travelling from London to Birmingham in the late 18th century.  137 miles (220 km) of easy walking.

North Wessex Downs

Ancient Wiltshire – enjoy the prehistoric landscapes and wide open spaces in ancient Wiltshire under big skies.  30 miles (50 km) of moderate walking.

Contact Us for more information, to discuss your requirements or to book a Self-Guided Walking Tour.

Walker checking directions by stile

This is what some of our customers have said about our self-guided walking tours …

Over the years, I’ve dealt with several walking companies and what they provide in England.  You are the best of the lot.

Larry Larson, Oregan, USA, 2016.  Larry had walked 20,000 miles in his 70th decade when on day 1 of the Heart of England Way.

The walk was great from enquiry to the trip back.  The inns, directions, weather and breakfasts were wonderful.  Thank you so much.

Jane and Kim, Maryland, USA, 2016

Cotswold Walks: Path to the Swells