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

You're welcome to check in from 1pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Dovers Hill to Broadway

Distance: 5miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: A pleasant walk following the Cotswold way passing the superb Broadway tower. 

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

Option 2 - 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 3 - 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 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 - Bourton to Icomb

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Leaving Bourton via the quarry lakes and Wyck Rissington we then cross 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 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 - Windrush Valley, Clapton and Little Rissington

Distance: 7.5 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 560 feet (180m)

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

Highlight: Visit the ‘plague church’ at Little Rissington with it’s memorial window to the Red Arrows and graves of those killed at the nearby RAF flying school.

Option 3 - Windrush Valley and Sherborne

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 700 feet (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 rolling countryside to the south of Bourton-on-the-Water.


Discover more about Harrington House and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of 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: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 620 feet (200m)

In Summary: From Ilmington we cross the ridge of Pig Lane before descending past the 18th century Foxcote House, and through Ebrington to join the Monarch’s Way into Chipping Campden.

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

Option 2 - Hidcote to Chipping Campden

Distance: 9.0 miles (14.6 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 3 - Mickleton to Chipping Campden

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

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.


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 - 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: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 620 feet (200m)

In Summary: From Ilmington we cross the ridge of Pig Lane before descending past the 18th century Foxcote House, and through Ebrington to join the Monarch’s Way into Chipping Campden.

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

Option 2 - Hidcote to Chipping Campden

Distance: 9.0 miles (14.6 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 3 - Mickleton to Chipping Campden

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

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.


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


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 - Windrush Valley, Clapton and Little Rissington

Distance: 7.5 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 560 feet (180m)

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

Highlight: Visit the ‘plague church’ at Little Rissington with it’s memorial window to the Red Arrows and graves of those killed at the nearby RAF flying school.

Option 3 - Windrush Valley and Sherborne

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 700 feet (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 rolling countryside to the south of Bourton-on-the-Water.


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 - Bourton to Icomb

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Leaving Bourton via the quarry lakes and Wyck Rissington we then cross 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 1 - Dovers Hill to Broadway

Distance: 5miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: A pleasant walk following the Cotswold way passing the superb Broadway tower. 

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

Option 2 - 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 3 - 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 


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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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
2022
23 Dec - 30 Dec 2022
7 Christmas £1,209 Trip Notes Book Now
27 Dec - 03 Jan 2022
7 New Year £1,099 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1

7 nights from £1,099pp

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