5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour
5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

5 days

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Explore the quaint country villages of the Cotswolds on this self-guided walking tour

Have the quintessential English countryside experience on this self-guided walking tour of the Cotswold villages! Each day you’ll take a lovely walk through the bucolic villages whose honey-coloured stone walls transport you back in time.

On this walking tour, you’ll be travelling from Cheltenham to Moreton-in-Marsh on foot. This is the best way to experience the rolling hills and stunning country manor houses of the area. You’ll have plenty of time to wander through gardens and picture-perfect villages along your route. The 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking tour is the perfect, easy-going self-guided tour for you to explore this beautiful part of England.

Highlights of the 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

Enjoy the pleasant paths that wind along the rivers, streams, and rolling hills of the English countryside.
Discover the charm of each of these picturesque villages as you take in their unique architecture and personality.
Stay in welcoming local inns and bed & breakfasts that will immerse you in laid-back country life.
Experience history coming to life as you walk to mills, museums, shops, and gardens that have been carefully preserved.

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From $525USD
5 days
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5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Begin your Journey from Cheltenham to Bourton-on-the-Water

Your tour will begin in Cheltenham, where you’ll be picked up and transferred to the start of your walk.

You can choose between two points of interest to start your walk today. The Chedworth Roman Villa is a beautiful exposed Roman villa, and Northleach is a charming market town featuring a 15th-century church. You’ll walk along the Monarch’s way through the rolling countryside and little villages to Bourton. This is the most famous village in the area, and it is full of museums, shops, and even an outdoor maze.

Enjoy the evening here, perhaps finding a cozy pub for dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water
Distance: Long route 3-4 hours, 17 km
Short route 2-3 hours, 10 km
Meals: None

Day 2 Visit Lower and Upper Slaughter to Stow-on-the-Wold

This morning, you’ll walk along the banks of the little River Eye and explore Lower and Upper Slaughter. These picturesque riverside towns are full of classic cottages, manor houses, and even a water mill.

As you continue on, you’ll visit the charming country villages of Lower and Upper Swell and make your way to Stow-on-the-Wold. Learn about the ancient agricultural history of the market square before you stop for dinner and settle in for the evening.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
Distance: Long route 3 hours, 12 km
Short route 2.5 hours, 10 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Hike to Moreton-in-Marsh

Today you’ll continue walking up the lovely Evenlode Valley, passing the English manor at Donnington. You’ll also see an unusual house in Sezincote! This 18thcentury manor is built in distinctive Indian style.

You’ll eventually arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh to explore its historic, picture-perfect main street.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh
Distance: Long route 3 hours, 12 km
Short route 2.5 hours, 10 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Explore Blockley and Batsford

Your route today will be a circuit around Moreton-in-Marsh. You’ll be walking to Blockley, which was formerly the site of many mills that were built along the stream. Today it’s host to beautiful gardens that cover the areas around the ponds, streams, and old buildings.

Walk on to Batsford, which is home to a beautiful Asian-inspired Arboretum. You can also visit the Falconry Centre and the 14th-century barn at Bourton on the Hill. This stop will certainly give you the quintessential Cotswold experience.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh
Distance: 2-3 hours, 10 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Final Morning in Moreton-in-Marsh

Your tour ends after breakfast when you check out of your hotel. Travel back to London for your flight home or continue your journey.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour is run as a custom tour for your group and the price per person is fixed.

The best time to travel to England for this tour is the summer (June-September) when the weather is at its warmest and driest.

Private Self-Guided 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Self-guided groups of 2+: $525 USD
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Accommodation on the 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels and bed & breakfasts. These boutique hotels offer comfortable rooms in charming locations.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel (please inquire for the pricing). Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Lansdowne Guest House, Bourton-on-the-Water ★★★★

This lovely family-owned-and-operated guesthouse is conveniently located near the center of Bourton-on-the-Water. You’ll be well taken care of so can focus on enjoying this beautiful area.

The Limes Guest House, Stow-on-the-Wold ★★★

Enjoy this clean and comfortable guesthouse, with a highlight being the peaceful gardens. Sip a cup of tea by the koi pond and listen to the birds.

The Redesdale Arms, Moreton-in-Marsh ★★★

This has the character and charm of an old coaching inn, but renovated to include modern amenities for your comfort. Enjoy the courtyard when the weather is good and the roaring log fire when it isn’t.

What’s Included in the 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour?

Meals

4 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 4 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Cheltenham and after the tour in Moreton-in-Marsh are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for your luggage is included each day between your hotels as outlined in the itinerary. Your transfer to the beginning of your trail on the first day is also included.

Also Included

  • Complete tour information packages
  • Smartphone app with GPS routes
  • Access to 24-hour emergency helpline

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from England
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, or snacks
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Busses and/or ferries, unless stated otherwise
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Gratuities for restaurant servers or hotel staff

Frequently Asked Questions about 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

Compass Holidays has been helping walkers explore the best walks in the UK since 1990. Their expert team organize great walking holidays so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your time away.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. Please be prepared to walk between 2 and 3 hours each day on non-challenging terrain.

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