4-Night Cotswolds Gentle Walking Holiday

Rural homes, Cotswold, UK
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1
from £449pp £374pp

Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking. You'll discover glorious golden stone villages with thatched cottages, mansion houses, pastoral countryside and quiet country lanes.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire the gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking
  • You'll discover glorious golden stone villages with thatched cottages, mansion houses, pastoral countryside and quiet country lanes
  • Let our leaders bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • In the evenings relax in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the days adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • 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 PDFs for each holiday.

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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.

Arrive at Harrington House


Option 1 - Hampnett to Chedworth

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

In Summary: We start this walk by exploring the beautiful 12th century church of Hampnett. It has the most astonishing ornate patterns of mock-medieval stencilling all over the inside. We then follow the Macmillan Way to the small rural parish of Yanworth. Finally we arrive at the Roman Villa at Chedworth. 

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

 

Option 2 - Northleach to Chedworth

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: The market town of Northleach is our start. Explore the town and its impressive church of St Peter and St Paul one of the finest examples of the Cotswold perpendicular style. We then head towards Hampnett, and follow the same route as the Gentle Walk to Chedworth Villa. 

Highlight: Our walk finishes at the Chedworth Roman Villa. Now managed by the National Trust, this is one of England's best preserved Roman sites, with fine mosaics dating from AD120-400. 

 

 

 

Option 3 - Farmington to Chedworth

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In Summary: Starting in the small village of Farmington, we follow the Diamond Way south passing the lake to Upper End, turning west to Northleach. Once there we follow the same route as the Easier Walk.

Highlight: Northleach's ancient Market Place and its half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th and 16th Centuries. 

 


Option 1 - Hailes Abbey to Sudeley Castle

Distance: 2½ miles (4.5km) 

Ascent: 200 feet (60m) 

In Summary: We have time to explore Hailes Abbey and the church before a gentle walk to Winchcombe. Views of the heritage steam railway before arriving at Sudeley Castle. 

Highlight: Sudeley Castle - steeped in history, the castle was once home and is now the burial place of Queen Catherine Parr, one of Henry VIII’s many wives.

 

Option 2 - Toddington to Sudeley Castle

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km) 

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)  

In Summary: Walk through gently rolling countryside, passing a heritage railway, ancient churches, and the ruined Hailes abbey, before ending the day at the interesting Cotswold town of Winchcombe and finishing at Sudeley Castle. 

Highlight: The ruins of Hailes Abbey. Richard Earl of Cornwall, founded the Abbey in 1246, to thank God after he survived a shipwreck.

 

Option 3 - Winchcombe to Sudeley Castle

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Ascent: 950 feet (300m) 

In Summary: Enjoy the views over the far reaching Evesham Vale, before passing Hailes Abbey and following the Cotswold Way back to Winchcombe and finishing at Sudeley castle.  

Highlight: The little chapel of ease at Farmcote is a hidden gem. 

 


Option 1 - Along the Diamond Way to Chipping Campden

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 150 feet (40m)

In Summary: We walk along part of the North Cotswolds Diamond Way, crossing undulating farmland and woods, dipping into valleys, before reaching the picture postcard honey-coloured houses of Chipping Campden, and it’s many tea shops!

Highlight: Chipping Campden is another fine market town whose wealth derived from affluent wool merchants in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Option 2 - Ilmington to Chipping Campden

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 650 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 3 - Hidcote to Chipping Campden

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (300m)

In Summary: Starting 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.


Depart after Breakfast 


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.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
  • Ballroom
  • At the very top of the house is the observatory
  • Free WiFi in public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet law

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

  • Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
  • Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
  • A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

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 23 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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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

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Getting to Harrington House

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
20 Apr - 24 Apr
4 Gentle Walk £519 Available Trip Notes Book Now
09 Nov - 13 Nov
4 Gentle Walk £449 £374 Save £75 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

4 nights from £449pp £374pp

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