Best of the Cotswolds Walk

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Walk through some of the finest North Cotswold villages with shorter walking days allowing you the maximum time needed to explore the villages and walk at a relaxed pace. Visit beautiful villages including Guiting Power, Broadway and Chipping Campden as well as places of historical interest and some spectacular gardens.

Accommodation
The White Hart Royal Hotel (3 star)
Set in a 17th-century former coaching inn, the White Hart Royal Hotel is located in Moreton-in-Marshs historic town centre and boasts regal connections as King Charles I took shelter here during the English Civil War. A four-poster bed, private garden, spacious wet room and a roll-top bath feature in some of the individually designed bedrooms. Flagstone floors and an original inglenook fireplace are in the traditional Snug Bar and guests can also make use of the hotels two period lounges. Fresh, local ingredients are served on the traditional British menu in the Courtyard Restaurant. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

No. 9 (3 star equivalent)
Number Nine is a bed and breakfast located a few yards from the village square and minutes from the stunning Cotswold countryside. The building is an elegant 18th Century Cotswold stone house that was originally a coaching inn. The interior has been furnished to a high standard. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

The Lawns B+B (3 star equivalent)
A Cotswold stone house just 8 minutes walk into the village of Bourton-on-the-Water. They pride themselves on style and comfort from tastefully furnished and very spacious en-suite rooms to their delicious English breakfast cooked fresh to order and served in their traditional dining room. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Guiting Guest House (4 star)
Guiting Guest House is situated in the beautiful Guiting Power village, in The Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty. The house was originally built in the 16th century and has many exposed wooden beams. Bourton-on-the-Water village is 6.2 miles from the accommodation, while the Blenheim Palace is at less than a 1-hour drive away. Guiting Guest House provides free WiFi and ample parking. Most of the bedrooms offer an en-suite bathroom, the exception being one room with a separate private bathroom and cloakroom. The bedrooms offer a hairdryer, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries. All rooms feature a TV and hospitality tray. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

The White Hart Inn (3 star)
Set in Winchcombe, just over half a mile from Sudeley Castle, The White Hart Inn offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout. The inn features eight ensuite bedrooms (Classic or Superior) as well as a family room made up of three 'rambler' rooms with shared facilities. All guest rooms come with a flat screen TV and tea coffee making facilities. Full English Breakfast is included daily. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Hadley House Bed Breakfast (2 star equivalent)
Linda and Duncan at the Hadley House Bed Breakfast offer a warm and friendly welcome. The B+B is located in the heart of Broadway village and rooms, with traditional decor, consist of a double room and a suite, with a sitting room and views over the pretty front garden, on the ground floor. The remaining double rooms are upstairs with views over the surrounding hills and Broadway Tower. All rooms are ensuite and have flat screen LED TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access, hairdryer and tea coffee making facilities. A full English breakfast and buffet items are served in the beautiful dining room that adjoins a conservatory and patio overlooking the rear garden. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

The Old Bakehouse B+B (3 star equivalent)
The Gabb family offer a warm and friendly welcome at The Old Bakehouse B+B. Thought to be one of the oldest houses in Chipping Campden and dating back over 600 years The Old Bakehouse has been in the family for over 95 years. Conveniently located in the centre of Chipping Campden this comfortable B+B offers a twin room and a king double room, both ensuite, with hairdryer, flat screen TV, free WI-Fi and tea coffee making facilities. The property is within easy reach of all that Chipping Campden has to offer. A locally sourced full English breakfast is served in the cosy dining room, overlooking the garden. Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Meals
Breakfast daily
Destinations
  • The Cotswolds
  • United Kingdom
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • History
  • Self Guided
  • Walking
Day 1: Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh
Standing at the crossroads betwen the Fosse Way Roman Road and what is now the A44, Moreton-in-Marsh, a small market town with a central market square and a set of stocks, is a great place to explore before heading out for dinner.

Day 2: Moreton-in-Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold (7.5mi/12km)
Cross the high wolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, complete with village stocks and picturesque square, via the fantastic Mogul manor house at Sezincote and a number of pretty hamlets.

Day 3: Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water (4.5mi/7km)
Today's route from Stow-on-the-Wold is a leisurely downhill walk across meadows to picturesque Lower Slaughter with its working mill and on to Bourton-on-the-Water, with its many attractions. A longer alternative walk is available for this day if you wish.

Day 4: Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power (6.5mi/10.5km)
The route follows the River Windrush to the village of Naunton with its ancient dovecote and on to lovely Guiting Power, where the church has a fine Norman arch.

Day 5: Guiting Power to Winchcombe (6.5mi/10.5km)
Walk through woods and fields before the dramatic descent to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, close to Sudeley Castle, last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife. Overnight in Winchcombe, with its fascinating church and local museums.

Day 6: Winchcombe to Broadway via Stanton (9mi/14.4km or 11m/17.7km)
Follow the pilgrims' route to Hailes Abbey, then over the hills to Jacobean Stanway House, with its magnificent gatehouse and medieval tithe barn and on to idyllic Stanton. Stay in the coaching village of Broadway, where an array of fine houses and inns flank the 'broad way'.

Day 7: Broadway to Chipping Campden (6mi/9.5km)
Walk up to Broadway Tower, the 18th century folly from where there are fine views across the vale before descending to Chipping Campden, the loveliest of all Cotswold villages, with its covered market place, beautiful 'wool church', almshouses and silversmiths.

Day 8: Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh (7.75mi/12.5km)
Pass through the charming villages of Broad Campden and Blockley and descend to Batsford, where you may visit the arboretum and falconry centre. On certain days of the week both Bourton House gardens and Sezincote House will be open. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to Moreton-in-Marsh.

Day 9: Depart after breakfast


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In 1985, Richard and Christine Bass made the life-changing decision to turn a passion into a business and thus Headwater was born at their kitchen table.

The first Headwater tours were launched in summer 1986 and modestly comprised three holidays in the Upper Loire Valley in France: a canoeing holiday and two self-guided walking holidays.

Their vision for Headwater was clear, right from the start. Richard and Christine wanted to offer their customers exactly what they loved in a holiday – family-run, friendly hotels, an authentic experience of a region, including culture, cuisine and fine wines, and above all a fantastic level of personal service, with staff on hand in resort to help and guide as required.

After a successful 10 years specialising in France, Headwater launched a new Great Walks in Europe brochure in 1995, offering a selection of hand-picked guided walking holidays in eight countries. As a result of the phenomenal success of this, a year later the first self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Italy were launched.

In 1999, Richard and Christine decided to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labour, and sold Headwater – but not before ensuring it was in the safest of hands to continue their legacy.

Today, they enjoy taking customers (new and loyal) on journeys on foot or by bike throughout 18 countries worldwide. Whilst they have embraced modern technology and changing times since 1985, Richard and Christine’s ethos remains key to all of their holidays and they consider it their mission to ensure that the same detail, knowledge and passion goes into delivering each and every trip.

With more than 32 years’ experience, their collection now includes 59 self-guided and 12 guided walking holidays and 62 cycling holidays. Their canoeing holiday in the Dordogne remains as popular as ever, as well as their choice of winter snow holidays (cross-country skiing and winter walking) that run between December and April in Austria and Norway.

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