5-Night Cotswolds Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 6 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £555pp £465pp

Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking. On our Guided Walking holidays you'll discover glorious golden stone villages with thatched cottages, mansion houses, pastoral countryside and quiet country lanes.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful countryside and rich history of the Cotswolds
  • Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking
  • Let your leader bring the picturesque countryside and history of the Cotswolds to life
  • In the evenings relax and enjoy the period features and historic interest of Harrington House 

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 4 days guided walking
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Option 1 - Hampnett to Bourton

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Ascent: 550 feet (170m)

In Summary: Today we follow the famous Cotswold trails of the Diamond Way and the Macmillan Way to Cold Aston. The Gloucestershire Way, our third national trail of the day, then leads us back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: The village church at Hampnett is quite unusual, with remarkable Victorian stenciling.


Option 2 - Hazelton to Bourton

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In Summary: From near Hazleton, the Gloucestershire Way and the Diamond Way take us through Notgrove and to Cold Aston. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Discover the legend of the Notgrove Long Barrow, said to contain a golden coffin.


Option 3 - Diamond Way to Bourton

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 920 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Starting near the village of Andoversford, we head south to Shipton before following the Gloucestershire Way through Salperton, on to Notgrove and then Cold Aston. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Notgrove Norman Church and nearby manor house, and the walk through the long avenue of Beech trees.

Option 1 - The Monarch's Way to Bourton

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

In Summary: From near Broadwell, we follow the Monarch’s Way to picturesque Stow-on-the-Wold. We have lunch here before our walk continues through beautiful countryside, to picturesque Lower Slaughter, and then back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Our walk follows the Monarch’s Way - the escape route of Charles II after his defeat at the battle of Worcester in 1651.


Option 2 - Longborough to Bourton

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: The Monarch’s Way leads us through Cotswold stone villages, to picturesque Stow-on-the-Wold, where we enjoy lunch. Rolling countryside then takes us to picturesque Lower Slaughter and back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Timeless Lower Slaughter was voted the 'most romantic street in Britain'. With its idyllic cottages and watermill lining the River Eye, this is delightful spot to stop and relax.


Option 3 - Along the Monarch's Way

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 918 feet (280m)

In Summary: We pick up the Monarch’s Way from the centre of Moreton-in-marsh, following it south through typical English countryside towards the village of Longborough. The route then follows the medium walk through the lovely villages of Donnington and Broadwell arriving in Stow-on-the-Wold, then via Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds. Explore the large market square, once the site of the town's annual sheep fairs, that is surrounded by elegant houses and shops. 


Option 1 - Ilmington to Chipping Campden

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 600 feet (190m)

In Summary: From the pretty stone built village of Ilmington we walk through rolling Cotswold countryside to the equally pretty village of Ebrington. We finish our walk in the small town of Chipping Campden.

Highlight: Hunt out the 11 mice carved into the pews in Ilmington's fine Norman church.


Option 2 - Stoke Hill to Chipping Campden

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Starting with an exhilarating climb over Stoke Hill, our walk takes us to the pretty village of Ilmington, then follows paths and tracks to Ebrington. We continue to the pleasant market town of Chipping Campden.

Highlight: At the end of your walk there is plenty of time to explore Chipping Campden. Enjoy a pint in one of the pubs, have a look around the shops or visit the magnificent 15th century St James Church.


Option 3 - Visiting Darlingscott

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: This walk follows the same route as the medium walk to the pretty village of Ilmington. Our paths then deviate and we visit Darlingscott before turning west to eventually rejoin the medium walk in Ebrington. We then continue to the pleasant market town of Chipping Campden.

Highlight: The 17th century market hall in Chipping Campden at the end of your walk and the charming Cotswold stone buildings along the High Street.

Option 1 - Cranham Valley and Painswick Beacon

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Visit a  beautiful, hidden valley in which is the village  of Cranham with church and the cosy pub. From there walk up through the beech woods to Painswick Beacon. Descend along the Cotswold Way to The Rococo Gardens and café.

Highlight: On our walk is the iron age camp of Painswick Beacon with stunning views across to the Black Mountains in Wales. 


Option 2 - Witcombe Woods and the Cotswold Escarpment

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1100 feet (340m)

In Summary: A winter walk through the beautiful beech woods along the Cotswold Way escarpment before ascending Painswick Beacon and descending to the Rococo Gardens and café.

Highlight: On our walk is the iron age camp of Painswick Beacon with stunning views across to the Black Mountains in Wales.

Option 3 - The Cotswolds Way to Painswick Beacon

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 1650 feet (500m)

In Summary: We begin our walk along the Cotswold Way passing the infamous Coopers Hill (cheese rolling). Continuing to walk along the escarpment through beautiful beech woods in winter before ascending Painswick Beacon. We then descend to the Rococo Gardens and café.

Highlight: On our walk is the iron age camp of Painswick Beacon with stunning views across to the Black Mountains in Wales.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 

Harrington House

In one of the prettiest spots in the Cotswolds, Harrington House provides a stylish escape in the form of a traditional country retreat, with the trimmings and flourishes you’d expect. All set in a stately Georgian house that mirrors the mellow architectural styles of the Cotswolds and retains many of its original features; the most breathtaking is the sunny walled garden, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens. As well as 29 bedrooms, two lounges, a cosy bar and pleasant dining room, there are further feathers in this handsome house’s hat. Quintessential English countryside, described by JB Priestly as, ‘the most English and least spoiled of all our countryside’, is just a short stroll away with pretty villages such as Chipping Campden and the Slaughters, rolling landscapes and classic trails from the Cotswold Way to the Gloucestershire Way and Monarch Way waiting for you to discover them.


Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.


Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent cottages. With 26 bright and airy bedrooms, Harrington House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: for a stylish stay opt for rooms 1 or 2, both large master bedrooms located on the first floor that come complete with some of the original Palladian features dating back to 1730, pretty feature wallpaper and views out of the front of the building of classic Cotswolds scenery. Alternatively, for a romantic hideaway, plump for Room 23 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day ambling through the Cotswolds, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the gardens or having a game of croquet on the lawn. Retire to either of the two lounges or climb the sweeping stately staircase to the very top of the house where there’s an observatory looking out across the rooftops of the village. Then pop in to the snug bar for a pint of local ale and a chin wag with fellow guests about their discoveries.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Harrington House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cotswold leg of lamb, Bibury rainbow trout and a selection of Gloucestershire cheeses, accompanied with Harrington House homemade chutneys.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.


  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.


  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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