The Cotswold Way covers 100 miles from Chipping Campden to the city of Bath. We will cover the entire route, from the bustling streets of Bath to the medieval town of Chipping Campden. 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.
- Views and Panoramas from Bath to Chipping Campden
- Honey coloured villages and market towns
- Field paths, woodland trails and old drove roads
- 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
Leaving Bath Abbey, we walk through the city of Bath passing The Roman Baths and The Royal Crescent. Ascending to Landsdown Racecourse we cross an area steeped in history including one of the major battles of the English Civil war.
Distance: 10 miles (16km) with 1,650 feet (500m) of ascent
Following the Cotswold escarpment we pass through the Georgian park lands of Dryham and Dodington before reaching the Roman Camp at Sodbury. Journeys end is at the village of Horton.
Distance 11 miles (18km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Passing Horton Court manor house, we travel through the Cotswold Countryside with Newark Park, a countryman’s residence to the east. We then ascend Wortley Hill before dropping down to the town of Wotton where we finish today’s walk. 10 miles (16 km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent
Leaving Wotton‑under‑Edge we ascend Wotten 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. Passing through North Nibley and crossing Stichcombe Hill we continue past the town of Dursley to Coaley Peak. 12 miles (19km) with 2,350 feet (700m) of ascent.
Continuing along the escarpment we pass the Nympsfield Neolithic long barrow before descending to the Stroudwater Canal. From here we walk to Standish Wood and Painswick, where we see ‘spectacle’ stocks and the wonderful St Mary’s church, with its 99 yew trees. 13 miles (12km) with 2100 feet (640m) of ascent.
Ascending Painswick Beacon and an Iron age camp we continue to Cooper’s Hill, infamous for cheese rolling. Walking through ancient beech wood land we reach Crickley Hill Country Park, where archaeologists have been at work nearly 20 years, unearthing remnants from different occupations dating back to about 4,000BC. 10 miles (16km) with 1,900 feet (580m) of ascent.
Today we ascend Leckhampton Hill passing the Devils Chimney along the way. We pay a visit to Seven Springs where the River Thames rises, and Dowesdeswell Reservoir before ascending to Cleeve Hill the highest point on the Cotswold Way. 12 miles (19km) with 1,950 feet (600m) of ascent.
Leaving Cleeve Club House, we pass the Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knapp and descend into Winchcombe. A short walk from takes us to Hailes Abbey, which was founded by the Cistercians in 1215 and then on Stanway House which is where we end our day. 12 miles (19km) with 1,410 feet (440m) of ascent.
Today we view Stanway House; famous for its thatched village cricket pavilion, this is a Jacobean mansion with a magnificent gateway and a wonderfully preserved tithe barn. We continue through fields to the village of Broadway and ascend to Broadway Tower, a folly built in 1799 by the Earl of Coventry. Descending Dovers Hill, we complete the Cotswold Way in the medieval town of Chipping Campden. 12 miles (19km) with 1,650 feet (500m) of ascent.
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
- 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
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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
- Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
- Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
- Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
- Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
- Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
- 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)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
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