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Self-Guided Walking : Europe

England: The Cotswolds

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 7-10 Miles Daily

Country Walkers Self-Guided Walking - England: The Cotswolds Map

Often called the “walking capital of England,” the Cotswolds are graced with ancient footpaths walked by pilgrims and kings. Gently undulating hills, stone villages in hues of honey and cream, lovely country gardens, and handsome old market towns converge into enchanting landscapes torn from a storybook. This truly is English country walking at its most sublime and our detailed maps help you witness it all. From the Regency city of Cheltenham, follow ancient routes to a 500-year-old castle and its gardens, the ghostly ruins of an abbey, the folly tower of a countess, England’s oldest deer course, and more. Stroll the quaint medieval lanes of stone-carved storybook towns, from Broadway to Broad Campden, Blockley to Lower Slaughter. Walk in the footsteps of the wool and silk traders who brought wealth to hamlets like Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Northleach. Along the way, indulge in stellar accommodations where every evening invites relaxation. Savor farm-to-fork cuisine from traditional pubs to upscale dining establishments where every meal is a seduction. And immerse yourself in the famously slow and bucolic pace of the Cotswolds, where every step is a revelation.

Note: the tour overview, inclusions, and the map pertain to the 2019 itinerary.


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.
  • Explore the enchanting grounds of the beautifully preserved Sudeley Castle & Gardens, resting place of the sixth wife of Henry VIII.
  • Follow some of England’s most renowned walking trails, from the Cotswolds Way and the Heart of England Way to the Monarch’s Way.
  • Admire the graceful Regency architecture of Cheltenham, the cultural capital of Gloucestershire County.
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7 days, 6 nights

FROM $2,248 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All breakfasts, one lunch, and three dinners
  • Boutique accommodations
  • Detailed maps & route notes
  • Local representative available 24/7
  • Scheduled taxi transfers

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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 sits the Manor House Hotel, 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, and striking artwork. A terrace on the ground floor opens 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 1200s 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

5.1 miles, easy to moderate, 1,050-ft. elevation gain and 1,000-ft. elevation loss

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

This rural manor has been 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

12.5 miles, moderate, 1,050-ft. elevation gain and 1,200-ft. elevation loss, or 8.3 miles, easy to moderate

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

This rural manor has been 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

12.3 miles, moderate, 1,500-ft. elevation gain and loss or 9 miles, moderate, 1,050-ft. elevation gain and 1,000-ft. elevation loss

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

6 miles, easy to moderate, 850-ft. elevation gain and 700-ft. elevation loss

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 Campden 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

6.8 miles, easy to moderate, 1,000-ft. elevation gain and 1,050-ft. elevation loss

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 sits the Manor House Hotel, 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, and striking artwork. A terrace on the ground floor opens 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 1200s 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 Cheltenham, England

You may arrive in Cheltenham, cultural capital of the Cotswolds, whenever you wish today. Meet your local Country Walkers representative this evening at 6:00 p.m. for an orientation meeting and welcome drink at the hotel.

Accommodation: No. 131 Hotel, Cheltenham

Central to the renaissance of Cheltenham as a thriving cultural center, No. 131 Hotel is owned and operated by Sam and Georgie Pearman, a married couple who spent three years renovating this elegant property on the Promenade in the fashionable Montpellier neighborhood, just five minutes from the Cheltenham Spa train station. The couple—aside from “touching up” the hotel with antique fixtures, velvet couches, and modern artwork—also oversee the two-level restaurant and bar, Crazy 8’s, a popular farm-to-fork establishment that brings the bounty of the Cotswolds to your plate. Upstairs, each intimate guest room offers classic comforts and modern amenities.

Day 2

Winchcombe to Broadway

9.3 miles, moderate, 650-ft. elevation gain and loss

Explore the enchanting Sudeley Castle & Gardens, then follow the Cotswolds Way to the Hailes Abbey ruins and an Iron Age Fortress. After a hearty pub lunch in Stanton, traverse open meadows to the beautiful village of Broadway.

Accommodation: Dormy House Hotel & Spa, Broadway

At once elegant and rustic, the Dormy House is bathed in soothing neutral palettes and farmhouse chic. This rural retreat rests near the top of the Cotswold escarpment, high above the village of Broadway, and provides sweeping views of spellbinding landscapes. Inspired by the furnishings and warmth of a stylish home, its streamlined interiors evoke Scandinavian designs. The outstanding spa offers a lavender sauna, salt-infusion steam room, and infinity pool. Exposed stone walls and beams round out the historic character of this gorgeous property. At mealtime, choose from three venues: The Garden Room provides exquisite meals and al fresco dining; The Potting Shed offers brasserie classics; and The Greenhouse is your choice for lighter fare. At breakfast, savor a feast of fresh fruits, cereals, meats, pastries, and hot options.

Day 3

Hidcote Gardens to Dormy House via Chipping Campden and Broadway Tower

9.7 miles, moderate, 700-ft. elevation gain and 450-ft. elevation loss

From Hidcote Gardens, skirt the Worcestershire Hills to Chipping Campden, an old wool-trading town. Then walk a gentle hill to Broadway’s Tower, the folly of a local countess.

Accommodation: Dormy House Hotel & Spa, Broadway

At once elegant and rustic, the Dormy House is bathed in soothing neutral palettes and farmhouse chic. This rural retreat rests near the top of the Cotswold escarpment, high above the village of Broadway, and provides sweeping views of spellbinding landscapes. Inspired by the furnishings and warmth of a stylish home, its streamlined interiors evoke Scandinavian designs. The outstanding spa offers a lavender sauna, salt-infusion steam room, and infinity pool. Exposed stone walls and beams round out the historic character of this gorgeous property. At mealtime, choose from three venues: The Garden Room provides exquisite meals and al fresco dining; The Potting Shed offers brasserie classics; and The Greenhouse is your choice for lighter fare. At breakfast, savor a feast of fresh fruits, cereals, meats, pastries, and hot options.

Day 4

Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh

7 miles, easy to moderate, 800-ft. elevation gain and 850-ft. elevation loss

Walk the celebrated Heart of England Way to two typical villages carved from the lovely golden Cotswold stone: Broad Campden, with its storybook thatched cottages, and Blockley, a rich repository of architecture from the ages. Later, arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh.

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

On the main street of Moreton-in-Marsh sits the Manor House Hotel, 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, and striking artwork. A terrace on the ground floor opens 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 1200s and a travelers’ stop for 1,700 years; its main street has many 18th-century inns and houses.

Day 5

Broadwell Crossroads to Lower Slaughter

4.6 miles, easy to moderate, 350-ft. elevation gain and 400-ft. elevation loss. Afternoon option: Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water and return, easy, no elevation gain or loss

Undulating landscapes through pastures and lovely villages lead from Broadwell Crossroads to Stow-on-the-Wold, an historic market town. After time here, continue to the tiny hamlet of Lower Slaughter. “The prettiest village in England,” Bourton-on-the-Water, is just a 15-minute walk away.

Accommodation: The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter

This rural manor has been 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 6

Great Rissington to Northleach

8.5 miles, easy to moderate, 550-ft. elevation gain and 500-ft. elevation loss

From Great Rissington, walk through sparsely populated landscapes through Sherborne, a pretty village with a tempting tea room, and the Sherborne Estate, a tranquil patch of protected land. Then follow the Monarch’s Way into charming Northleach for a final overnight.

Accommodation: The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach

Steeped in charm and adorned with thoughtful detail and touches, the elegant Wheatsheaf Inn is a traditional British inn occupying a honey-colored 17th-century coach house. Its stunning tiered cottage gardens are a delight to the eye and the nose and each soothing room offers luxuries that have earned it national and international accolades. Amid its historic character, wood floors, and renderings of hunting scenes and local portraits, a contemporary flair expresses itself in tastefully placed modern art. The restaurant and pub provided sophisticated cuisine, locally sourced and skillfully presented. The boutique hotel is located quite near Northleach’s market square.

Day 7

Departure from Moreton-in-Marsh

Transfer to Moreton-in-Marsh after breakfast to make connections home or to your next destination.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2018 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
Jun 1 - Sep 30 $2,348 $2,348 $2,248 $2,248 $2,248 $565 $115
Oct 1 - Oct 31 $2,248 $2,248 $2,148 $2,148 $2,148 $565 $115
This tour is available any day Wednesday through Sunday, on request, from April 1 through October 31, 2018. 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.

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2019 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
May 1 - Oct 31 $3,148 $3,148 $3,148 $3,148 $3,048 $1,165 $385
This tour is available starting Sunday through Thursday, on request, from May 1 through October 31, 2019. 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. Please also note that the tour price includes one departure transfer from Northleach to Moreton-in-Marsh on Day 7 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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