5 Night Cotswolds Guided Walking Holiday

Crickley Hill at Sunset, Cotswold UK
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £699pp

You get the best of all worlds in the Cotswolds, a designated National Landscape that never fails to enchant with honey-coloured villages, old-fashioned tearooms, historic attractions, and a wealth of walking delights. As a fabulous introduction to the area, this holiday is perfect for those keen to enjoy beautiful scenery and the choice of up to three different-grade daily guided walks around the Windrush Valley, the Slaughters, and parts of the Cotswold Way.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the gorgeous Cotswolds countryside on foot 
  • Exploring postcard-pretty villages with thatched cottages 
  • Spending time with like-minded people in the great outdoors 
  • Finding new routes and places to explore with your HF Holidays Leader 
  • Staying just a skip away from the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water 
  • Relaxing at Harrington House, our Grade II-listed country house 

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee
  • Guided walking with experienced HF Holidays Leaders
  • Choice of up to three different-grade daily walks
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - The Quarry Lakes and Salmonsbury Camp

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: On this circular walk from Bourton we follow the Monarch's Way to Clapton on the Hill. Our return route takes us via the quarry lakes back to Bourton.

Highlight: At the end of your walk there is plenty of time to explore Bourton-on-the-Water. Enjoy a pint in one of the pubs, visit the shops, or find a bench beside the River Windrush and soak up this charming rural village.

Option 2 - Little Rissington

Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 560 feet (170m) 

In summary: Follow the Monarch’s Way to Clapton-on-the-Hill, then take the route across the valley to Little Rissington. We return via the quarry lakes to Bourton. 

Highlight: Visit the 'plague church' at Little Rissington with its memorial window to the Red Arrows and the graves of those killed at the nearby RAF Flying School.

Option 3 - Sherborne

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 700ft (220m)

In summary: Walk from Bourton to Clapton-on-the-Hill,  then track south to the attractive village of Sherborne before returning to Bourton via the Windrush valley.

Highlight: An opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy the rolling countryside to the south of Bourton-on-the-Water.


Option 1 - Broadwell to Bourton

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)

In summary: A walk along the Monarch's Way from the village of Broadwell to Bourton-on-the-Water. We'll stop to explore Stow-on-the-Wold and the delightful village of Lower Slaughter.

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

Option 2 - Longborough to Bourton

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In summary: This walk starts in the village of Longborough. We'll head first to Stow-on-the-Wold, then on to Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds. Explore the market square, once the site of the town's annual sheep fairs.

Option 3 - Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In summary: Follow the Monarch's Way through gently rolling countryside. Starting from Moreton-in-Marsh our route takes us through Stow-on-the-Wold and Lower Slaughter back to Bourton.

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


Option 1 - Ilmington to Chipping Campden

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In summary: Starting from the village of Ilmington we'll climb up over the ridge past the 18th century Foxcote House to the neighbouring village of Ebrington. Our route continues along the Monarch’s Way into Chipping Campden.

Highlight: Chipping Campden is another fine market town whose wealth derived from affluent wool merchants in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Option 2 - Hidcote to Chipping Campden

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (300m)

In summary: Our walk links the National Trust gardens at Hidcote Manor with Chipping Campden. We'll pass over the rolling hills via the village of Ilmington.

Highlight: Hidcote Manor Garden is designed in an Arts & Crafts style and is famed for its colourful outdoor 'rooms', each planted in a different design.

Option 3 - Mickleton to Chipping Campden

Distance: 10½ miles (17.5km)

Total ascent: 1300 feet (400m)

In summary: Starting from the village of Mickleton, we'll first climb the hill to Hidcote Manor, then continue over the downs to Ilmington. Our walk continues along the Monarch's Way to Chipping Campden.

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


Option 1 - The Slaughters and Salmonsbury Camp

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 300 feet (100m)

In summary: On this circular walk from Bourton we visit the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter following the River Eye, before returning to Bourton via Salmonsbury Camp.

Highlight: The twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter are just a couple of miles' walk from Bourton-on-the-Water. The River Eye flows through these most picturesque of villages, creating a picture-postcard scene.

Option 2 - The Slaughters and Lower Harford

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m) 

In summary: Visit both Upper and Lower Slaughter and the medieval village of Lower Harford, before a riverside walk beside the Windrush takes us back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: The twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter are just a couple of miles' walk from Bourton-on-the-Water. The River Eye flows through these most picturesque of villages, creating a picture-postcard scene.

Option 3 - Naunton & the Windrush Valley

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In summary: Follow a clockwise loop from Bourton along the tranquil valley of the River Windrush to Lower Harford and the village of Naunton. Our return route takes us over the fields via the Slaughters.

Highlight: We should have time for refreshments in the Black Horse Inn at Naunton and/or the charming mill shop at Lower Slaughter. Keep a lookout for herons on the riverside section of this walk.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Harrington House

You get the best of all worlds at this Grade II-listed retreat just a skip away from the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water – the impossibly pretty Cotswolds town with chocolate-box cottages, old-fashioned tearooms, and low-arched stone bridges that span the River Windrush. Not only will you be within walking distance of the Cotswold Motoring Museum, the Model Village, and Birdland Wildlife Park & Gardens, but it’s an easy drive from village beauties Broadway and Bibury. For walkers and hikers, there’s no shortage of thrills, especially for those keen to explore the well-trodden trails and paths around the Windrush Valley, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire Way, Cotswold Way, and Monarch Way.

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Harrington House has 27 well-appointed guest rooms available in three categories: Classic, Premium, and Superior. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

Superior Rooms are even more spacious en-suite guest rooms offering upgraded views of the surrounds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: Rooms 1 and 2 on the first floor for their master bedrooms, original Palladian design, and lovely views. Room 24 in the Windrush Cottage is a large twin room with its own private garden.  

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out 
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Superior Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
£25 pppn £20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Harrington House

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Getting to Harrington House

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Address

Harrington House
Sherborne Street
Bourton-on-the-Water
Gloucestershire GL54 2BY

Tel: +44 (0)1451 821213

By train

The nearest station is Moreton-in-Marsh.  

However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa. 

Check National Rail for train times and routes. 

By taxi

From Moreton-in-Marsh, it’s a nine-mile journey taking 20 to 30 minutes.

From Cheltenham Spa, it’s an 18-mile journey taking 35 to 45 minutes.

For pricing, please contact Limozena taxis directly.

Limozena
You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended company, Limozena*. We recommend booking your taxi at least seven days in advance by contacting:

Tel: +44 (0)1451 820972
Email: denwalmsley@yahoo.co.uk

A return journey can be arranged on your behalf by the HF Holidays House Manager at Harrington House.

*Limozena is not owned or managed by HF Holidays.

By bus

The 801 bus goes from Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water and takes about 30 minutes. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop from where it’s a short walk to Harrington House.  

By car

There’s free car parking at Harrington House if you decide to drive. 

Directions 
From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water. At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Cross the narrow bridge and continue to just before the road forks. You’ll find Harrington House on the left.  

By air

The nearest airport is London Heathrow Airport.

From the airport 
Take the train to London Paddington station from where there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh, which takes just over two hours. Then you can get the bus or a taxi to Bourton-on-the-Water. 

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Harrington House Calendar

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
  • Unavailable to Book

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.


Holiday prices

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2024

08 Dec - 13 Dec 2024

5 nights

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