5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

England
Walking
Self-Guided
5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

Prices

From $675USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, B&Bs

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Highlights

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

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.

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.

Short route 2-3 hours, 10 km

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water
Distance
Long route 3-4 hours, 17 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.

Short route 2.5 hours, 10 km

Overnight Location
Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold
Distance
Long route 3 hours, 12 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.

Short route 2.5 hours, 10 km

Overnight Location
Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh
Distance
Long route 3 hours, 12 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

5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided hiking tour in England is run as private tour for your group only and the price depends on the type of room that you choose.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: £550GBP
  • Price per person staying in a single room: £675GBP
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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.

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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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

Frequenty Asked Questions about 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

How hard is the 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour?

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

Do I need a visa to travel to England?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour?

4 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Cheltenham to start this tour?

The closest international airports to Cheltenham are London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW). From London, you can reach Cheltenham via Junction 11 of the M5 if you are driving. You can also take the train; the Great Western Railway runs to Cheltenham Spa from Didcot Parkway, Reading, and London Paddington station.

Is the 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour guided?

No, this is a self-guided walking tour. You’ll be provided with a tour information package and a GPS app to guide you along your route.

Where does the 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour end?

This tour ends in Moreton-in-Marsh. You can take the train back to London from here.

Are equipment rentals included?

No, there are no equipment rentals provided. Please bring all personal equipment desired.

What should I wear on the 5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour?

It’s recommended that you wear comfortable layered clothing on your walks. Breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics are a great choice. It’s a good idea to bring waterproof clothing in case of rain, as well as a hat for sun protection.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to the United Kingdom?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for the United Kingdom?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to England for this tour?

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

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel, since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

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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Prices

From $675USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, B&Bs

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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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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