7-Night Cotswolds Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Bourton on the Water Cotswolds Gloucestershire England
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking Holidays for Solos
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
  • 5 days guided walking and 1 free day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

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 - 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 - 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 - 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.


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


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: 920 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: 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 (18.5km)

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 - The Slaughters and Salmonsbury Camp

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 150 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 (12km)

Total ascent: 580 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

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

We appreciate that COVID-19 continues to impact the nations.  The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not always in sync, so measures in our country houses may vary between the nations. We thank all guests for adhering to the measures we have introduced to keep our guests, leaders and team members safe.

You can see our latest FAQs and guarantees at https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/coronavirus-travel-advice 

Ventilation, Physical Distancing Measures and Group Sizes around the Houses

We will keep our public areas well ventilated; for your comfort you might want to pack an extra layer to keep you comfortable.

With the relaxation of physical distancing, we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together.

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available in frequently used public areas for guests and staff use. It is advisable to bring additional hand sanitiser for whilst you are out walking.

We always follow the latest regional government advice, but our one recommendation is don’t forget your face mask! There is no requirement to wear a face covering in communal areas, but you may of course choose to. Some places throughout the UK may still require you to wear a mask even if the government legislation does not. With this in mind we suggest you bring a personal supply of face coverings for the duration of your stay.

Servicing Bedrooms:

At this stage we are not reintroducing our daily room servicing.  Extra tea, coffee, milk, towels and toiletries will be available on request from our team. Bins can be left outside your door for emptying.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Cases 

If a guest has symptoms of COVID-19 then they should inform the house team and immediately self-isolate to minimise any risk of transmission and make arrangements to request a COVID test. If a guest receives a positive test result, they should return home if they reasonably can. They should where possible use private transport but only drive themselves if they can do so safely. If a guest cannot reasonably return home, they should discuss their circumstances with the House Manager. Additional charges may be levied if a guest needs to self-isolate for longer than their planned holiday.

What can you do to help keep everyone safe?

  • Wear a face mask/covering where required and please bring plenty of face coverings for the duration of your stay
  • Carry/use hand sanitiser
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water when possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid passing round objects such as cameras & phones
  • If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not travel to an HF Holidays House

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.

Check in:

Check in opens at 4pm for all guests. Guests will be unable to access any of the Country House facilities, including leaving luggage before 4pm.

We are delighted to invite you to enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival. Relax and meet your fellow guests and leaders. 

Check out:

Check out time: 10am

Please note, you will need to settle your bill before departure and payment will only be possible by card.  Gratuities and donations to the Pathway Fund can also be made by card.

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.

Welcome Information

A Welcome Information Pack providing details about the Country House and your holiday will be available in each bedroom. This personal pack of information will detail what to expect during your stay in the house, the menu for the duration of your stay, dinner & picnic lunch order forms and the guest registration form for completion.

Our houses are locked at night-time and accessible with a door code which is available in the Welcome Pack. However, we also recommend making a note of the Duty Manager number on arrival, in case of an emergency or getting locked out.

Evenings

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings to see if you’ve got the knowledge to triumph in the HF Big Pub Quiz!  There will also be another evening of entertainment at the beginning of the week which will vary depending on the house you are visiting.

If there are leaders resident, they will be available to chat to guests about self-guided walks. You can borrow walking route notes and maps from our Discovery Point.

Walks Talks – Guided Walking Information Briefings

Self-Guided guests are always welcome to join our Guided Walking briefings to hear about the local conditions. 

Our leaders will deliver a Guided Walking Information Briefing on each arrival day before and after dinner followed by a group Walks Talk to let guests know about the following day’s walks. Walks Talks are usually before and after dinner prior to each walking day. The information is repeated so you can join whichever time suits you. 

If you are undecided which walk to do, our leaders will be available in the bar or lounge to answer any questions you might have. Our website contains up-to-date information about the walks for each holiday.

Before you leave for your walk your leader will run through a short safety briefing for the day.

Each day, the latest weather forecast will be displayed for all guests to check to ensure appropriate clothing is worn for the walks.

Please note, if you decide to do your own walks, or you are on a self-guided walking holiday, you must complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house.

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.

Along with many hospitality business across the UK we are presently experiencing disruption to our food and drink supply chain. COVID continues to limit the ability of suppliers to deliver and the war in Ukraine (along with several other global challenges) is impacting availability of many basic products.  We are working hard to ensure that these challenges do not negatively impact your holiday but ask for your understanding should we need to make last minute changes to dishes or menus.

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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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:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking Holidays for Solos
Walking Grade:
1

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