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 £1,029pp

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.


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. 


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


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.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

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.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. 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).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

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 Good, Better and Best 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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 Available Trip Notes Book Now
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

7 nights from £1,029pp

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