Cotswold Way Guided Trail

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Duration: 10 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,549pp

The Cotswold Way covers 100 miles from Chipping Campden to the city of Bath. We will cover the entire route, from the medieval town of Chipping Campden to the bustling streets of Bath. Soak in the long views and panoramas as you walk along field paths, woodland trails and old drove-roads and take in picturesque honey coloured villages and market towns with an abundance of history along the way.

Holiday Highlights

  • Views and Panoramas from Chipping Campden to Bath 
  • Honey coloured villages and market towns
  • Field paths, woodland trails and old drove roads

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays' walks leader
  • All transport on walking days

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.

100 miles with 10-12 miles and up to 1,750 feet of ascent in a day.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


We begin our walk from the market town of Chipping Campden, we follow the trail up onto Dovers Hill offering fine views of the surrounding landscapes.  We descend to Broadway Tower, a folly built in 1799 by the Earl of Coventry and then on to the village of Broadway.  We then continue through fields to Stanway House; famous for it's thatched village cricket pavilion, this is a Jacobean mansion with a magnificent gateway and a wonderfully preserved tithe barn.

Disctance 12 miles (19km) with 1500 feet (450m) of ascent


Leaving Stanway House we follow the trail to Hailes Abbey, which was founded by the Cistercians in 1215.  We then walk through Winchcombe and pass the Neolithic barrow of Belas Knapp, finishing our walk at Cleeve Common.

Distance 12miles (19km) with 1,410 feet (440m) of ascent


We begin the day with an ascent onto Cleeve Hill the highest point on the Cotswold Way, we then walk past Dowdeswell Reservoir and pay a visit to Seven Springs where the River Thames rises.  We then pass the Devils Chimney and ascend Leckhampton Hill.

Distance 12 miles (19km) with 1,800 feet (550m) of ascent 


We follow the trail to Crickley Hill Country Park, where archaeologists have been at work nearly 20 years, unearthing remnants from different occupations dating back to about 4,000BC.  We then walk through ancient beech woodland and up on to Cooper's Hill, infamous for cheese rolling.  We then walk along to Painswick Beacon and an iron age camp.

Distance 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,900 feet (580m) of ascent    


Leaving Painswick we walk to Standish wood, where we see 'spectacle' stocks and the wonderful St Mary's church, with it's 99 yew trees.  We then reach the Stroudwater Canal and ascend onto  the escarpment passing the Nympsfield Neolithic long barrow. 

Distance: 13 miles (20.5km) with 2,250 feet (680m) of ascent.


Starting our walk today from Coaley Peak we follow the trail through the town of Dursley crossing Stichcombe Hill and passing through North Nibley. We then ascend Wotton Hill to see the Tyndale Monument, a 111 foot commemoration of William Tyndale, who was executed in 1536 for opposing Henry VIII's divorce and translating the bible into English.  We then descend to Wotton under Edge.

Distance 12 miles (19km) with 1,850 feet (560m) of ascent


Passing through the town of Wotton we ascend Wortley Hill. We then travel through the Cotswold countryside with views of Newark Park a Grade 1 listed country house, before ending our day at the St Adeline Church in Little Sodbury.

Distance: 11 miles (17km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent.


We leave Little Sodbury and it's iron age hill fort and pass through the Georgian park lands of Dodington and Dyrham.  We follow the Cotswold escarpment to Cold Ashton.

Distance: 10 miles (17km) with 1,180 feet (360m) of ascent.


We follow the trail passing through Lansdown Racecourse an area steeped in history including one of the major battles of the English Civil war.  We head towards Bath passing The Royal Crescent and The Roman Baths before completing the Cotswold Way at Bath Abbey, with time to explore the beautiful city of Bath.

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Cotswold Way Map

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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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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
22 Jul - 01 Aug 2022
10 Guided Trail £1,549 Trip Notes Book Now
23 Sep - 03 Oct 2022
10 Guided Trail £1,549 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
10 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
3

10 nights from £1,549pp

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