Cotswolds Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the Cotswolds on foot


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  • Central location
  • Meadows & hills


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £360.00 - 3 nights


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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Cotswolds. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

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.


HF Holidays' Harrington House in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham

Dating from the Tudor period and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.

Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages. 


'Good' Rooms 

An example of our rooms at Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

An example of our Better Rooms at Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

An example of our Best Rooms at Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

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 lawn


AAn example of Bourton-on-the-water evening mealll 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

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.


Due to the layout and age of Harrington House, it is not recommended for wheelchair users or anyone with restricted mobility.

Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and internally there are some steps to negotiate.

More details on Bourton accessibility

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


This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Cotswolds. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Half-Day walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Lower Slaughter

Easier walks 

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Birdlip view

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier


 Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

The Slaughters and the Windrush Valley

Available on: 13 Jul 2019, 17 Aug 2019

Option 1: The Lower Slaughter

Windrush Valley

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 100 feet (40m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start by following the Monarch’s Way before crossing the Windrush valley passing some of the quarry lakes to Salmonsbury Camp and Bourton.

Don’t miss: 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 2: Around the Slaughters              

Upper Slaughter

Distance: 6 miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (80m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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: Along the Windrush valley            

Little Rissington villlage

Distance: 7½ miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 560 feet (180m) 

The walk in a nutshell: We follow the Monarch’s Way to Clapton-on-the-Hill; we then take the route across the valley to Little Rissington with its ‘plague church’.  We return via the quarry lakes to Bourton

Don’t miss: 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.  


Available on: 14 Jul 2019, 18 Aug 2019

Option 1: Fish Hill to Broadway

Blue skies at Broadway Tower

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 140 feet (40m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

Cotswold Tourism

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

River Windrush

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

The walk in a nutshell: 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

Don’t miss: Take time to explore delightful Snowshill  with its timeless church and National Trust manor house.

Chedworth Roman Villa

Available on: 16 Jul 2019, 20 Aug 2019

Option 1: Hampnett to Chedworth

Hampnett village

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: St George's church in Hampnett with it's beautiful Victorian stencilling. 

Option 2: Northleach to Chedworth

Moscaic at Chedworth Roman Villa

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

The walk in a nutshell: 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 the Old Prison, it houses the Discovery Centre and café. Onwards to Hampnett, and follow the same route as the Gentle Walk to Chedworth Villa.

Don’t miss: 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

Cotswold scenery

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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

Don’t miss: Northleach's ancient Market Place and its half-timbered buildings dating from the 15th and 16th Centuries.

Hailes Abbey & Sudeley Castle

Available on: 17 Jul 2019, 21 Aug 2019

Option 1: Hailes Abbey to Sudeley Castle

Cotswold Way - Signpost for Hailes Abbey

Distance: 2½ miles (4½km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Sudley 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

Exterior of Sudeley Castle

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m) 

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

St Faiths chapel of ease at Farmcote

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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. 

Don’t miss: The little chapel of ease at Farmcote is a hidden gem.

Chipping Campden and the Cotswolds

Available on: 18 Jul 2019, 22 Aug 2019

Option 1: Along the Diamond Way to Chipping Campden

Market place in Chipping Campden

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 150 feet (40m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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! 

Don’t miss: 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                                                       

Walkig towards Ilmington village

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: Hunt out the 11 mice carved into the pews in Ilmington's fine Norman church.

Option 3: Hidcote to Chipping Campden                                                                        

Hidcote Gardens

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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. 

Don’t miss: Hidcote gardens are designed in an Arts & Crafts style and are famed for its colourful outdoor 'rooms'; each planted in a different style.

Local area

Discover the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages.

Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village  green. Local attractions include the motor museum, model village and Birdland wildlife park, all within easy walking distance.

The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank.

During your stay at Harrington House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Chipping Campden
The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes' drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.

Pathway through elegant gardensHidcote Manor Gardens
Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes' north from Bourton-on-the-Water. 



Rolling hills and Broadway TowerBroadway
Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Don’t let this put you off; Broadway is still worth a visit. To get away from the crowds, consider a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes' drive from Bourton.


Inside the Royal Shakespeare TheatreStratford-upon-Avon
Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes' drive from Bourton. or



Exterior and gardens of Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as the ancestral home of Winston Churchill.



The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes' drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.

The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes' drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum. or

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Ride the steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes' drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham.

The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum.


Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley


Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water

Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and route planning by train visit or phone 03457 48 49 50.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £21 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £40 if pre-booked. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.


By bus:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station catch the 801 bus to Bourton-on-the-Water,from where it is a short walk to our Country House. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 150 metres until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left.

Driving to us

By car:

From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water.  At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Cross the narrow bridge and continue for approximately 100yds.  Just before the road forks, Harrington House is on the left.  Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh. It's a relatively straightforward journey - just over 2 hours. See for train times.

From Moreton-in-Marsh you can travel on to Bourton-on-the-Water by bus or taxi (see above).

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
16 Aug 2019 BNBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Bourton-on-the-Water 3 £375.00 £360.00 Save £15 Per Person Book Now

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