7-Night Cotswolds Gentle Walking Holiday

Rural homes, Cotswold, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1
from £1,029pp

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
  • 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 - Salmonsbury Camp

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 100 feet (40m)

In Summary: Walking from Harrington House, we follow footpaths from Bourton exploring the area directly to the south. Heading back we will follow the Diamond Way.

Highlight: The interesting Salmonsbury Camp.

Option 2 - 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 3 - 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 1 - Fish Hill to Broadway

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Ascent: 100 feet (40m)

In Summary: A fine walk starting at Fish Hill we walk past the impressive Broadway tower and partly following the Cotswold Way to Broadway.

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 


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


Option 1 - Hampnett to Chedworth

Distance: 4 miles (7km) 

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

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 (9km) 

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: 840 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: 3 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 (10.5km) 

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 Circular

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (320m) 

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

Highlight: The little chapel of ease at Farmcote.

 


Option 1 - Lower Slaughter

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Ascent: 150 feet (60m)

In Summary: This is a short circular walk from Harrington House to Lower Slaughter, a very attractive village which is one of the most photographed villages in England.

Highlight: The twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter are just a couple of miles' walk from Bourton-on-the-Water.

Option 2 - Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 480 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: 9½ 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.

 

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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Getting to Harrington House

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More Information

Essential Information

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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
03 Jun - 10 Jun 2022
7 Gentle Walk Version 1 £1,029 Trip Notes Book Now
16 Sep - 23 Sep 2022
7 Gentle Walk Version 1 £1,029 Trip Notes Book Now
2023
09 Jun - 16 Jun 2023
7 Gentle Walk Version 1 £1,049 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
08 Sep - 15 Sep 2023
7 Gentle Walk Version 1 £1,049 Trip Notes Book Now
15 Sep - 22 Sep 2023
7 Gentle Walk Version 1 £1,209 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

7 nights from £1,029pp

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