Cotswold Way

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • Medium
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Holiday overview

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The Cotswold Way covers 100 miles from Chipping Campden to the city of Bath. We will follow the 56 miles along the Cotswold escarpment from Chipping Campden to Wotton‑under‑Edge. 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.  

 

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Accommodation

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. 

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• 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

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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

An example of Bourton-on-the-water evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


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.

 

Itinerary

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Planned Itinerary

Chipping Campden to Stanway

From Chipping Campden the walk commences with an ascent to Dovers Hill, 700 feet above the town. We continue to Broadway Tower, a folly built in 1799 by the Earl of Coventry and to Broadway. We continue through fields to the escarpment with views of Buckland, to Stanton and Stanway; famous for its thatched village cricket pavilion, its Jacobean mansion with a magnificent gateway, and a wonderfully preserved tithe barn. 12 miles (19km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent.

Stanway to Cleeve Common

From Stanway, we walk by field paths up to Stumps Cross, 400 feet above, then down to Hailes Abbey. This was one of the last abbeys founded by the Cistercians, in 1215. The abbey became very famous because it housed a phial reputed to hold some of Christ’s blood. We continue to Winchcombe, once capital of Mercia, and then ascend to Belas Knap. We head through Breakheart Plantation adjacent to Cleeve Common, and we are now near the highest point of the Cotswolds. 12 miles (19km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.

Cleeve Hill to Ullen Wood

From Cleeve Hill we walk around the edge of Cleeve Common with views over Cheltenham, and then by field paths to Dowdeswell Reservoir. Then climbing through fields and woodlands, we may have time for a detour to Seven Springs, an alternative source of the Thames. An ascent follows to Charlton Kings Common before we move on to Leckhampton Hill with a visit to the Devil's Chimney. 12 miles (19km) with 1,800 feet (500m) of ascent.

Ullen Wood to Painswick

From Ullen Wood, we walk through lanes to the ridge, with splendid views to Crickley Hill Camp. Archaeologists have been at work here for nearly 20 years, unearthing remnants from different occupations dating back to about 4,000BC. We pass the Balloon Inn and walk along field paths below Barrow Wake. Beyond Birdlip, a long walk follows through Witcombe Wood to Coopers Hill and Painswick, where we see ‘spectacle’ stocks and a wonderful church, with 99 yew trees.11.5 miles (18.5km) with 1,800 feet (550m) of ascent.

Painswick to Cliff Wood

From Painswick we cross fields to Edgemoor Inn, passing through an old quarry. We walk across open common land and into woods, passing Cromwell's Siege Stone, then on to Haresfield Beacon. On a good day we have wonderful views across the Severn and to South Wales. After crossing an open common the walk continues through Standish Wood, through Westrip and by field paths to Ryeford. We then bypass Middle Yard to Stanley Wood and Coaley, passing Neolithic Long Barrows, ending the walk at Cliff Wood.10 miles (16km) with 1,700 feet (500m) of ascent.

Cliff Wood to Wotten-under-Edge

Starting at Cliff Wood, we walk the edge of the scarp and woods to take us to Cam Long Down. The town of Dursley is our first since Winchcombe, after which comes an ascent to Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course. Descending to North Nibley, we then make our last ascent of our holiday 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. After this we walk steadily through woods to descend to Wotton‑under‑Edge for the completion of our part of the Cotswold Way. 10 miles (16km) with 1,600 feet of ascent.

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

 

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote 

 

 

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. www.rsc.org.uk or www.shakespeare.org.uk

 

 

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. www.blenheimpalace.com

 

 

Cheltenham
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.

Gloucester
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. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

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. www.gwsr.com

Oxford
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. www.ashmolean.org

 

Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Travel

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 general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train at Moreton-in-Marsh station 

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 £42 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.

 

Bus

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.

 Bus heading to Bourton-on-the-Water

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. Follow this road for 150yds, crossing the river and passing the motor museum until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left before the fork.  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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

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

 Quantas Boeing 747

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  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
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