7-Night Cotswolds Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

View from Snowshill, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £1,099pp

Spend the festive season in the Cotswolds in the picture-postcard town of Bourton on the Water, socialising and walking in this stunning place. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk in the Cotswold countryside.

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Broadway is the epitome of a ‘show village’ because of its fine old cottages and gabled houses of mellow Cotswold stone. All walks finish here today, the harder reaching it via the village of Temple Guiting. The medium walk starts at Ford while the easier walk starts at Drover’s Hill following the Cotswold Way past the superb viewpoint of Broadway Tower, all the way to Broadway.


Option 1 - Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)

Ascent: 300 feet (140m)

In Summary: An attraction of this walk is that it includes three villages. We start in bustling Bourton-on-the-Water, crossing farmland to idyllic Lower Slaughter with its fine old houses and cottages sitting beside the picturesque Rive Eye and its attractive bridges. With time to visit the church, look at the Mill, and possibly enjoy the tea room, we then cross meadows to the sleepy and unspoilt village of Upper Slaughter before picking up the River Windrush to return to Harrington House.

Highlight: The mill at Lower Slaughter and two unspoilt Cotswold villages

Option 2 - Bourton to Icomb

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Leaving Bourton via the quarry lakes we ascend to Great Rissington and then across the Cotswold countryside to the idyllic Cotswold stone village of Icomb. With fine views across the Cotswold landscape we return to Harrington House via Greystones nature reserve and the picturesque main street of Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Take your camera – plenty of quintessential Cotswolds photo opportunities.

Option 3 - All Four of the Rissingtons

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Leaving the valley behind we ascend to explore all four of the Rissington villages – Wyck Rissington, Little Rissington ( with a chance to visit the RAF memorial), Great Rissington and Upper Rissington (Disused RAF airfield) before returning via the Quarry Lakes of the Windrush valley.

Highlight: Take a stroll through history as we explore the outstanding churches and stone cottages ranging from the 1400’s to the present day.


Today’s walks finish at Cirencester called by the Romans “Corinium” and a vital hub of their road network. Walks start at, or within a few miles of Gloucester Beeches on the Roman Ermin Way,and take in ‘all the Dunts’– Duntisbourne Leer, Middle Duntisbourne and Duntisbourne Rouse. The easier walk explores the source of the Thames and the Roman Amphitheatre – all finish at The Parish Church of John the Baptist.

Option 1 - Coates, Thames Source and Cirencester

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 315 feet (96m)

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 and 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 onwards to Cirencester.

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

 


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


Option 1 - Broadwell to Bourton

 

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

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: 11 miles (18km)

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. 

 


The easier walk follows part of the Monarch’s way from Hidcote Manor to the butter and honey coloured houses of Chipping Campden. The medium walk starts in Ilmington and passes through Ebrington also finishing in Chipping Campden. From Hidcote Manor, our harder walk first visits Ilmington, then follows the same route as the easier walk.

Option 1 - Hidcote to Chipping Campden

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) 

Total ascent: 900 feet (300m) 

In SummaryStarting at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor with its spectacular gardens, we walk across country to Ilmington and follow the route of the Easier Walk into Chipping Campden.  

Highlight: Hidcote gardens are designed in an Arts & Crafts style and are famed for its colourful outdoor 'rooms'; each planted in a different style. 

 

Option 2 - 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 3 - 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.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - The Slaughters and Salmonsbury Camp Circuit

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 around Lower Harford

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 570 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 and the Slaughters

Distance: 10.5miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

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

Highlight: Keep a lookout for herons on the riverside section of this walk.


Option 1 - Bourton to Clapton Hill

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 320 feet (100m)

In Summary: Our walk today follows the Monarch's Way south to the beautiful village of Clapton-on-the-Hill. After enjoying the village, we return via a different route to Bourton. 

Highlight: The views across the Cotswolds from Clapton-on-the-Hill.

Option 2 - The Quarry Lakes and Salmonsbury Camp

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: A circular walk starts out along the Monarch’s Way reaching the village of Clapton-on-the-Hill. We return along the Windrush valley back to Bourton.

Highlight: At the end of the walk there's plenty of time to enjoy Bourton-on-the-Water. Visit the speciality shops, relax in one of the pubs or tea-rooms, or just sit beside the river and watch the world go by.

 

Option 3 - Little Rissington

Distance: 7½ miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 560 feet (180m) 

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.

 


Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.


Option 1 - Bourton & Salmonsbury Ironage Walk

Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)

Ascent: 60 feet (20m)

In Summary: Opportunity to explore the prehistory of Bourton on the Water from the still visible earth works and reconstruction of two iron age houses. Also walk Salmonsbury Camp ramparts and arrive at Greystones Visitor Centre.

Highlight: Explore Bourton's history.

Option 2 - Couple of Rissington Villages

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)

Ascent: 250 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 3 - Three of the Rissington Villages

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m)

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 1 - Little Aston Mill

Distance: 3 miles (4.5km)

Total Ascent: 160 feet (50m)

In Summary: This is a short circular walk from Harrington House to Little Aston Mill. Then we follow the Macmillan Way and parts of the Monarch’s Way back into Bourton with its Iron Age relics and interesting St Lawrence’s Church.

Highlight: The beautiful Cotswold countryside.

Option 2 - Bourton to Cold Aston Circular

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m)

In Summary: This walk leaves Bourton-on-the-Water on the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways to arrive in Cold Aston. A lovely village arranged around a green and a sycamore tree. The Plough Inn is an ideal place for some refreshment. The walk continues across fields and around farms on the Sabrina Way and Monarch’s Way back to Bourton-on-the-water.

Highlight: Do look around at various times for some super views towards Little Rissington.

Option 3 - Cold Aston and Clapton Cirular

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: This walk leaves Bourton-on-the-Water on the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways to arrive in Cold Aston. A lovely village arranged around a green and a sycamore tree. The Plough Inn is an ideal place for some refreshment. The walk continues across fields and around farms on the Sabrina Way. The route then goes to Clapton on the Hill, before descending down through Marshmouth Farm and back into Bourton.

Highlight: The lovely church at Clapton on the Hill.


Option 1 - Bourton, Quarry Lakes & Salmonsbury

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 120 feet (40m)

In Summary: Today we will walk South through Bourton and across the fresh Cotswold countryside. In the afternoon, we follow the Diamond Way back to Bourton. 

Highlight: Walk across the scenic countryside.

Option 2 - Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)

Ascent: 300 feet (140m)

In Summary: An attraction of this walk is that it includes three villages. We start in bustling Bourton-on-the-Water, crossing farmland to idyllic Lower Slaughter with its fine old houses and cottages sitting beside the picturesque Rive Eye and its attractive bridges. With time to visit the church, look at the Mill, and possibly enjoy the tea room, we then cross meadows to the sleepy and unspoilt village of Upper Slaughter before picking up the River Windrush to return to Harrington House.

Highlight: The mill at Lower Slaughter and two unspoilt Cotswold villages

Option 3 - Bourton to Icomb

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Leaving Bourton via the quarry lakes we ascend to Great Rissington and then across the Cotswold countryside to the idyllic Cotswold stone village of Icomb. With fine views across the Cotswold landscape we return to Harrington House via Greystones nature reserve and the picturesque main street of Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Take your camera – plenty of quintessential Cotswolds photo opportunities.


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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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 will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

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

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. 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.

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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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
23 Dec - 30 Dec 2021
7 Christmas £1,099 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
27 Dec - 03 Jan 2021
7 New Year £1,029 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2022
23 Dec - 30 Dec 2022
7 Christmas £1,209 Available Trip Notes Book Now
27 Dec - 03 Jan 2022
7 Christmas £1,099 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1

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