The Cotswold landscape is an entrancing mixture of parkland, cultivated fields with dry-stone walls of Jurassic limestone and patches of unspoilt woodland. With almost all of the cottages, farmhouses and villages passed on the trail made of stone, the scenery blends with the structures creating a delightful fusion of natural and man made beauty. Staying in a selection of handpicked B&B's and guesthouses whose hosts welcome you each evening. This is a perfect introduction to walking in the English countryside.
We grade this walk as ‘Easy - Moderate’ in relation to our other U.K tours, the route is hilly, but not mountainous, the weather is rarely too bad for walking, and there are generally quite a number of villages enroute. Days of up to 20 km are not too long for most reasonably fit people.
Make your own way to Moreton-in-Marsh. The rest of the day is free to explore the town. The high street has many elegant eighteenth-century inns and houses including the Redesdale Market Hall located in the centre of town.
Accommodation: Acacia Guesthouse is located centrally.
Today's walk to the medieval wool town of Bourton on the Water will take you via Stow on the Wold and Lower Slaughter. The river Windrush flows down the main street of Bourton on the Water. Bourton is well known for its footbridges over the river Evenlode and for its scale model of the village.
Accommodation: The Lansdowne is a family run 4 star guesthouse where you can expect a warm welcome on arrival.
Today you will walk to the tiny village of Guiting Power. Nestled in the hills above a small valley, Guiting Power is a perfect example of a Cotswold village. Our accommodation tonight is situated in the small and isolated typical village that has allowed time to pass it by.
Accommodation: The 4 star Guiting Guesthouse is a restored 16th Century Cotswold stone farmhouse with all modern facilities.
via Sudeley Castle, . 18.5 km/11.5 miles, 5 h
via Warden’s Way & Sudeley Castle, 10.46 km/6.5 miles / 10.46 km, 2.5 h
The walk today leads you to the atmospheric ruins of Hailes Abbey, destroyed under Henry VIII, and the still inhabited Sudeley Castle, where Henry VIII's last wife Katherine Parr lived. Winchcombe is a delightful town nestling in a deep valley near the regency town of Cheltenham.
Accommodation: Wesley House is a 15th century merchants house, and its restaurant has been awarded a AA ** rosette developing a reputation for excellent food, elegant surroundings and exemplary service.
The trip concludes after breakfast.
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