6-Night Cotswolds Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 6 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2

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; 1 free day
  • 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 PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon 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 - A Quiet Walk to Broadway

Distance: 7miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: A fine walk starting at Ford we head north, partly following the Cotswold Way passing Snowshill, all the way to Broadway.

Highlight: Visiting Broadway a fine show village filled with old cottages and gabled houses 

Option 2 - Three villages and a Hamlet to Broadway

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 740 feet (225m)

In Summary: A pleasant walk beginning east of Temple Guiting heading through the historic viilage of Snowshill on our way Broadway.

Highlight: Visiting Broadway a fine show village filled with old cottages and gabled houses 

Option 3 - Over the Hills to Broadway

Distance: 11½ miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,140 feet (350m)

In Summary: A walk from Snowhill through Temple Guiting leading through historic villages and finishing in Broadway. 

Highlight: Visiting Broadway a fine show village filled with old cottages and gabled houses 


Discover more about Harrington House and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day.


Option 1 - Couple of Rissingtons

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 270 feet (80m)

In Summary: Crossing Salmonsbury camp we leave the Windrush valley and head up the first of two Rissington villages, Wyck Rissington and then on to Little Rissington with its memorial to the RAF before dropping back down into the valley and back to the house.

Highlight: The moving testament to the memory of RAF serviceman who lost lives in World War II in Little Rissington church. 

Option 2 - Three of the Rissingtons

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In Summary: Leaving the valley we explore three of the Rissington villages, Wyck Rissington, Little Rissington (and the RAF memorial) and Great Rissington before returning to the house via the Quarry Lakes of the Windrush Valley.

Highlight: Beautiful Cotswold villages full of character and great views across the Cotswold countryside.

Option 3 - Bourton to Stow and back

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In Summary: We head north via Greystones nature reserve, taking attractive field paths and tracks to follow the Oxfordshire Way. This takes us to the market town of Stow on the Wold with its 17th and 18th century buildings built around the bustling market square. We leave Stow with views across the Wolds and cross farmland paths to idyllic Lower Slaughter with its fine old houses and cottages sitting beside the picturesque Rive Eye and its attractive bridges. Our walk then follows a track back to Bourton-on-the-Water

Highlight: St Edwards Church (rarely it has the war memorial inside) and the bustling market square at Stow-on-the-Wold.


Option 1 - Tunnel Inn, Coates to Cirencester

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

In Summary: Today's walk will explore the village of Coates, with its church dating from the Norman period. Moving on to the source of the River Thames we’ll continue alongside a canal and through fields into Cirencester, the 'capital' of the Cotswolds.

Don’t miss: Explore Cirencester at the end of the walk. There's much of historical interest in what was Roman Britain’s second largest city.

Option 2 - Sapperton & Cirencester

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Ascent: 480 feet (140m) 

In Summary: We start today's walk at the ornate church of Sapperton, before walking across  fields and through woodland to the impressive southern entrance of the Sapperton Canal Tunnel. Taking time to visit the source of the River Thames we continue to the village of Coates and on to Cirencester.

Highlight: In Cirencester you could explore the Abbey grounds, the Corinium museum or the superb 15th century church.

Option 3 - Wysis Way & the source of the Thames

Distance: 11½ miles (17.5km)

Ascent: 820 feet (250m)

In Summary: Starting in the village of Frampton Mansell we follow the Wysis Way along the Severn Thames canal. We have the opportunity to visit both north and south entrances to the Sapperton canal tunnel before following the same route as Option 2 to Cirencester.    

Highlight: A walk rich in history, including charming Saxon and Norman village churches, rich Roman archaeology and industrial history.


Option 1 - Hampnett to Bourton

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m)

In Summary:  Follow the Diamond and the Macmillan Way to Cold Aston. A third trail - the Gloucestershire Way takes us back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: St George's church in Hampnett with it's beautiful Victorian stencilling.

Option 2 - Hazleton to Bourton

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

In Summary: Follow the Gloucestershire Way and Diamond Way through rolling countryside to the Wold villages of Notgrove and Cold Aston, before arriving back at Bourton-on-the-Water.

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

Option 3 - The Gloucestershire Way

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Follow the Gloucestershire Way through the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds. We'll pass sleepy villages, then make our way back to Bourton-on-the-Water through the Windrush Valley.

Highlight: We start near the supposedly haunted Frog Mill Inn; once the staging post for the Oxford to Gloucester mail coach.


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.

 

Rooms

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 24 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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.

Facilities

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. Food at Harrington House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

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

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Essential Information

“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.

Essentials

  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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

Duration:
6 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1

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