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7-Night Cotswolds Gentle Walking Holiday

Rural homes, Cotswold, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1
from £1,029pp £979pp

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; 1 free day - please note that for holidays until 21st June 2021, walks may be repeated in the 7-night programme. Please check your itinerary for full details of your holiday.
  • 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 PDFs for each holiday.

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.

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


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 the Salmonsbury Camp

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total 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.

Highlight: At the end of your walk there is plenty of time to explore Bourton-on-the-Water. Enjoy a pint in one of the pubs, visit the shops, or find a bench beside the River Windrush and soak up this charming rural village.

 

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.

 


Option 1 - Fish Hill to Broadway

Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Ascent: 140 feet (40m)

In Summary: Starting at Fish Hill we follow a gentle walk along the Cotswold Way with time to visit Broadway Tower. Then descending to spend time exploring Broadway. 

Highlight: Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798. 

 

Option 2 - Snowshill & Broadway

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) of ascent. 

In Summary: From Ford we walk to the pretty village of Snowshill and then take field paths to Broadway with its beautiful cottages of mellow Cotswold stone. 

Highlight: Our walk ends in the ever-popular showpiece village of Broadway, with its beautiful cottages of mellow Cotswold stone. 

 

Option 3 - Temple Guiting to Broadway

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km) 

Ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In Summary:After walking to Temple Guiting we walk north following the River Windrush near to its source. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk from Ford.

Highlight: Take time to explore delightful Snowshill with its timeless church and National Trust manor house. 

 


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


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 - Lower Slaughter

Distance: 2.9 miles (4.7km)

Ascent: 160 feet (50m)

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: 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 - 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 the Salmonsbury Camp

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total 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.

Highlight: At the end of your walk there is plenty of time to explore Bourton-on-the-Water. Enjoy a pint in one of the pubs, visit the shops, or find a bench beside the River Windrush and soak up this charming rural village.

 

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.

 


Option 1 - Lower Slaughter

Distance: 2.9 miles (4.7km)

Ascent: 160 feet (50m)

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: 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.


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


Option 1 - Little Aston Mill

Distance: 2.9 miles (4.7km)

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

Option 2 - Bourton to Cold Aston

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

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 - 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 - Around the Slaughters and Lower Harford

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Ascent: 550 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 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 - Couple of Rissingtons

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 Rissingtons

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.


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. Swimming pools are being operated in line with guidance provided by Swim England.

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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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
2021
03 Sep - 10 Sep 2021
7 Gentle Walk Version 1 £949 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2022
03 Jun - 10 Jun 2022
7 Gentle Walk Version 1 £1,029 £979 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
16 Sep - 23 Sep 2022
7 Gentle Walk Version 1 £1,029 £979 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Gentle Walks
Walking Grade:
1

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