The scenic hills of the Cotswolds in the heart of England, in the historic counties of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, reach a height of approx. 300 m. During the Middle Ages the region prospered through the woollen trade. Nowadays the recognised “Region of outstanding beauty” is famous for its original villages. Scenic views from the hills, some of the most beautiful churches of England, manor houses, neolithical stone-graves, ruins of monasteries, gothic half timbered houses in narrow alleys, colourful cottage gardens – there is no better way to explore the many details than walking. But not only the eye is spoiled for choice, you pass many traditional pubs serving local specialities and ale!
Follow the traces of William Shakespeare in the historic old town. A longer walking tour explores the surroundings of Stratford. Walking time: approx. 3.5 hrs.
Transfer to Mickleton (or Hidcote). Walk to Chipping Campden, one of the pretty towns of the Cotswolds (transfer also possible to Chipping Campden). The main street is seamed by the typical stone cottages with sumptuous gardens. Visit the „Wool-Church“, wealthy wool merchants of the Cotswolds used to donate churches. Continue your walk to Moreton-in-Marsh where you will stay overnight. Walking time: approx. 3 to 5.5 hrs.
Put on your walking boots and follow the paths across meadows and fields through Sezincote, with the unique Mughal house, past Stow-in-the-Wold, the highest village of the Cotswolds and through pretty Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water. Walking time: approx. 5 hrs.
Today you follow the pretty stream Windrush to Naunten. Here you cross the Wolds to Winchcombe, once capital of the Saxons. Walking time: approx. 6 hrs.
Recuperate from the day before, explore Sudeley Castle and the old church and sustain yourself in one of the restaurants. The more enterprising can take the coach to Cheltenham, about 12 km away.
Breathtaking walk through the country to Stanway and Stanton, the best maintained of the Cotswolds villages (many historic films are taken here). Then you reach the historic coach-village Broadway, where you will stay overnight. Walking time approx. 5 hrs.
Comfortable walks on well maintained paths, easily manageable with a basic fitness level.The Cotswolds are gently rolling hills (up to 300 m elevation), so you have to take into account the occasional gentle climb. You walk on footpaths across farmland, villages and sometimes even through gardens, from 8 to 15 km per day.
Daily departures possible from March to October
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1120|
|Single room surcharge||$500|
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment