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Self-Guided Walking : Europe

England: The Cotswolds

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 6-12 Miles Daily

England: The Cotswolds

Covering some 800 green square miles, the Cotswolds are England’s largest “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”—and it’s easy to see why. Its ancient limestone villages and gentle hills (or “wolds”) are the very essence of England. Though time appears to stand still here, you won’t! You’ll follow detailed maps from the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the- Water, the “Venice of the Cotswolds.” Peruse antique shops in Stow-on-the-Wold, then meander to the Saxon capital of Winchcombe, site of 500-year-old Sudeley Castle. Your walk to Broadway enthralls with 16th-century architecture and an 18th-century folly tower. Delve still deeper into history at the ruins of Hailes Abbey, an important Cistercian monastery. Explore the almshouses and covered market of Chipping Campden on a route rich with discoveries—from tiny shops and Elizabethan cottages to gourmet restaurants and classic village pubs where you can savor a pint with the locals.


Tour Highlights:
  • Stroll through a bucolic landscape of plowed fields, pastureland, forests, and grassy paths straight out of a fairytale.
  • Stay in quaint country inns and converted manors brimming with English charm and surrounded by beautiful gardens.
  • Connect with locals and soak up the ambiance in historic pubs.
  • Visit the beautifully preserved Sudeley Castle and gardens, where King Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Queen Katherine Parr, is buried.
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7 days, 6 nights

FROM $1,898 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Moreton-in-Marsh

Begin your adventure in the thriving market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley.

Accommodation: The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh

On the main street of Moreton-in-Marsh, a 16th-century golden-stone manor converted into a classic country-house luxury hotel. Bedrooms are stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and warm colors, and feature views of the surrounding town and countryside. Common rooms include a library, inviting sofas, striking artwork, and an open terrace on the ground floor onto a tranquil garden with herbaceous borders, pathways, and a 300-year-old mulberry tree. Moreton-in-Marsh has been a market town since the 1,200s and a travelers’ stop for 1,700 years; its main street has many 18th-century inns and houses.

Day 2

Broadwell Crossroads to Lower Slaughter

Today you’ll pass through a bucolic landscape of green pastures and wheat fields, breaking for lunch in the antique-filled village of Stow-on-the-Wold, once a mainstay of the Cotswolds’ wool industry. This evening’s destination is a rural manor turned boutique hotel in the tiny hamlet of Lower Slaughter.

Accommodation: The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter

A rural manor converted into a stylish boutique hotel, blending traditional architecture and furniture with strategically placed modern art. Plush guest rooms incorporate vintage and handmade furnishings and luxurious linens. Occupying manicured gardens on the bank of the River Eye, the inn is just a 15-minute stroll along country paths to Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswolds’ best-known village for its picturesque streets, series of bridges over the Windrush River, and bird habitat.

Day 3

Layover day in Lower Slaughter

Spend a relaxing day exploring the surroundings of Lower Slaughter. Stroll hidden streets full of tiny shops, Tudor houses, and gourmet restaurants in Bourton-on-the-Water, regularly voted England’s prettiest village; or walk along the Windrush River to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, passing through the timeless villages of Naunton and Guiting Power. Near Winchcombe, visit enchanting Sudeley Castle, set against the quiet dignity of the Cotswold hills.

Accommodation: The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter

A rural manor converted into a stylish boutique hotel, blending traditional architecture and furniture with strategically placed modern art. Plush guest rooms incorporate vintage and handmade furnishings and luxurious linens. Occupying manicured gardens on the bank of the River Eye, the inn is just a 15-minute stroll along country paths to Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswolds’ best-known village for its picturesque streets, series of bridges over the Windrush River, and bird habitat.

Day 4

Winchcombe to Broadway

Begin your day walking the Cotswolds Way from Winchcombe to the eerie ruined arches of Hailes Abbey. From here, it’s a gentle climb to the Iron Age fortress at Beckbury Camp for superb valley views. After a pub lunch in Stanton, amble through open meadows to charming Broadway—dubbed the “Jewel of the Cotswolds”—with its picturesque tree-lined High Street.

Accommodation: Broadway Hotel, Broadway

A 16th-century coaching inn on the main street of the “Jewel of the Cotswolds” features tastefully appointed rooms surrounding a small central courtyard. Guestrooms, located in a converted wing, are luxuriously furnished and decorated in light colors. Bar, restaurant, and lounge areas on the ground floor have low beams, open fires, warm colors, and paneled walls. The honey-colored limestone buildings and garden-lined streets were an inspiration to many artists and writers, such as J.M. Barrie and John Singer Sargent.

Day 5

Broadway to Chipping Campden

This morning you’re rewarded with stunning, unspoiled vistas at Broadway Tower, the second-highest point in the Cotswolds. From here, it’s a gentle descent to Chipping Campden, a charming town once famous for its wool trade, with many fine 14th-century buildings and a covered market.

Accommodation: Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Campden

In addition to its award-winning spa, fine food, and exemplary service, the Cotswold House boasts an idyllic location in the heart of the beautiful market town of Chipping Camden at the start of the Cotswold Way walking route. Spacious and comfortable guest rooms offer views over either the dazzling two-acre gardens or Chipping Campden’s historic High Street. The town that was once the center of Europe’s wool trade contains the region’s most beautiful “wool church” and rows of historical stone houses.

Day 6

Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh

After a morning walk to Blockley, visit the arboretum at Batsford, filled with spectacular coral bark maple and russet-berried mountain ash trees. The final stretch is an easy stroll to Moreton-in-Marsh, where your Cotswolds walking journey began six days ago.

Accommodation: The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh

On the main street of Moreton-in-Marsh, a 16th-century golden-stone manor converted into a classic country-house luxury hotel. Bedrooms are stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and warm colors, and feature views of the surrounding town and countryside. Common rooms include a library, inviting sofas, striking artwork, and an open terrace on the ground floor onto a tranquil garden with herbaceous borders, pathways, and a 300-year-old mulberry tree. Moreton-in-Marsh has been a market town since the 1,200s and a travelers’ stop for 1,700 years; its main street has many 18th-century inns and houses.

Day 7

Departure from Moreton-in-Marsh

After breakfast, transfer on your own for onward travel connections.

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Day 1

Arrival in Moreton-in-Marsh

Begin your adventure in the thriving market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley.

Accommodation: The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh

On the main street of Moreton-in-Marsh, a 16th-century golden-stone manor converted into a classic country-house luxury hotel. Bedrooms are stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and warm colors, and feature views of the surrounding town and countryside. Common rooms include a library, inviting sofas, striking artwork, and an open terrace on the ground floor onto a tranquil garden with herbaceous borders, pathways, and a 300-year-old mulberry tree. Moreton-in-Marsh has been a market town since the 1,200s and a travelers’ stop for 1,700 years; its main street has many 18th-century inns and houses.

Day 2

Broadwell Crossroads to Lower Slaughter

Today you’ll pass through a bucolic landscape of green pastures and wheat fields, breaking for lunch in the antique-filled village of Stow-on-the-Wold, once a mainstay of the Cotswolds’ wool industry. This evening’s destination is a rural manor turned boutique hotel in the tiny hamlet of Lower Slaughter.

Accommodation: The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter

A rural manor converted into a stylish boutique hotel, blending traditional architecture and furniture with strategically placed modern art. Plush guest rooms incorporate vintage and handmade furnishings and luxurious linens. Occupying manicured gardens on the bank of the River Eye, the inn is just a 15-minute stroll along country paths to Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswolds’ best-known village for its picturesque streets, series of bridges over the Windrush River, and bird habitat.

Day 3

Layover day in Lower Slaughter

Spend a relaxing day exploring the surroundings of Lower Slaughter. Stroll hidden streets full of tiny shops, Tudor houses, and gourmet restaurants in Bourton-on-the-Water, regularly voted England’s prettiest village; or walk along the Windrush River to the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, passing through the timeless villages of Naunton and Guiting Power. Near Winchcombe, visit enchanting Sudeley Castle, set against the quiet dignity of the Cotswold hills.

Accommodation: The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter

A rural manor converted into a stylish boutique hotel, blending traditional architecture and furniture with strategically placed modern art. Plush guest rooms incorporate vintage and handmade furnishings and luxurious linens. Occupying manicured gardens on the bank of the River Eye, the inn is just a 15-minute stroll along country paths to Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswolds’ best-known village for its picturesque streets, series of bridges over the Windrush River, and bird habitat.

Day 4

Winchcombe to Broadway

Begin your day walking the Cotswolds Way from Winchcombe to the eerie ruined arches of Hailes Abbey. From here, it’s a gentle climb to the Iron Age fortress at Beckbury Camp for superb valley views. After a pub lunch in Stanton, amble through open meadows to charming Broadway—dubbed the “Jewel of the Cotswolds”—with its picturesque tree-lined High Street.

Accommodation: Broadway Hotel, Broadway

A 16th-century coaching inn on the main street of the “Jewel of the Cotswolds” features tastefully appointed rooms surrounding a small central courtyard. Guestrooms, located in a converted wing, are luxuriously furnished and decorated in light colors. Bar, restaurant, and lounge areas on the ground floor have low beams, open fires, warm colors, and paneled walls. The honey-colored limestone buildings and garden-lined streets were an inspiration to many artists and writers, such as J.M. Barrie and John Singer Sargent.

Day 5

Broadway to Chipping Campden

This morning you’re rewarded with stunning, unspoiled vistas at Broadway Tower, the second-highest point in the Cotswolds. From here, it’s a gentle descent to Chipping Campden, a charming town once famous for its wool trade, with many fine 14th-century buildings and a covered market.

Accommodation: Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, Chipping Campden

In addition to its award-winning spa, fine food, and exemplary service, the Cotswold House boasts an idyllic location in the heart of the beautiful market town of Chipping Camden at the start of the Cotswold Way walking route. Spacious and comfortable guest rooms offer views over either the dazzling two-acre gardens or Chipping Campden’s historic High Street. The town that was once the center of Europe’s wool trade contains the region’s most beautiful “wool church” and rows of historical stone houses.

Day 6

Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh

After a morning walk to Blockley, visit the arboretum at Batsford, filled with spectacular coral bark maple and russet-berried mountain ash trees. The final stretch is an easy stroll to Moreton-in-Marsh, where your Cotswolds walking journey began six days ago.

Accommodation: The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh

On the main street of Moreton-in-Marsh, a 16th-century golden-stone manor converted into a classic country-house luxury hotel. Bedrooms are stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and warm colors, and feature views of the surrounding town and countryside. Common rooms include a library, inviting sofas, striking artwork, and an open terrace on the ground floor onto a tranquil garden with herbaceous borders, pathways, and a 300-year-old mulberry tree. Moreton-in-Marsh has been a market town since the 1,200s and a travelers’ stop for 1,700 years; its main street has many 18th-century inns and houses.

Day 7

Departure from Moreton-in-Marsh

After breakfast, transfer on your own for onward travel connections.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2016 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
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Solo Surcharge
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Jun 1 - Sep 30 $2,098 $2,098 $2,098 $2,098 $2,098 $645 $145
Oct 1 - Oct 31 $1,898 $1,898 $1,898 $1,898 $1,898 $645 $145
*All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2017 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
more info
Solo Surcharge
more info
Apr 1 - May 31 $2,048 $2,048 $1,948 $1,948 $1,948 $615 $135
Jun 1 - Sep 30 $2,148 $2,148 $2,048 $2,048 $2,048 $615 $135
Oct 1 - Oct 31 $2,048 $2,048 $1,948 $1,948 $1,948 $615 $135
This tour is available daily, on request, from April 1 through October 31, 2017. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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