3-Night Cotswolds Guided Walking Holiday

Crickley Hill at Sunset, Cotswold UK
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £339pp £299pp

Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking. On our Guided Walking holidays you'll discover glorious golden stone villages with thatched cottages, mansion houses, pastoral countryside and quiet country lanes.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful countryside and rich history of the Cotswolds
  • Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking
  • Let your leader bring the picturesque countryside and history of the Cotswolds to life
  • In the evenings relax and enjoy the period features and historic interest of Harrington House 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Around Bourton

 

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m) of ascent.

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 2 - 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 3 - Sherborne

 

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 700ft (220m)

In Summary: Walk from Bourton to Clapton-on-the-Hill,  then track south to the attractive village of Sherborne before returning to Bourton via the Windrush valley.

Highlight: An opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy the rolling countryside to the south of Bourton-on-the-Water.

 


Option 1 - Snowshill & Broadway

 

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) of ascent.

In Summary: Walk through rolling Cotswold countryside from Ford to the village of Snowshill, then on through the fields to Broadway.

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

 

Option 2 - Temple Guiting to Broadway

 

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

In Summary: Follow the River Windrush north from Temple Guiting towards its source, then continue on past Snowshill to Broadway.

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

 

Option 3 - Over the hills to Broadway

 

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5 km)

Ascent: 1,150 ft (340m)

In Summary: Follow a more undulating route over the hills to Cutsdean church and Snowshill, before following the Cotswold Way to Broadway.

Highlight: We'll see the site of the medieval village of Pinnock, abandoned in 1348 after its population was wiped out by the Black Death.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Upper and Lower Slaughter

 

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.

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)

Option 2 - Lower Harford and the Windrush Valley

 

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.

Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 580 feet (180m) 

Option 3 - Naunton & the Windrush Valley

 

In Summary: Follow a clockwise loop from Bourton along the tranquil vallley of the River Windrush to Lower Harford and  the village of Naunton. Our return route takes us over the fields via the Slaughters.

Highlight: We should have time for refreshments in the Black Horse Inn at Naunton and/or the charming mill shop at Lower Slaughter. Keep a lookout for herons on the riverside section of this walk.

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)


Option 1 - Little Barrington to Burford

 

In Summary: A countryside walk from the village of Little Barrington, passing through the sleepy hamlets of Westwell and Holwell.

Highlight: There's time to explore the delightful small town of Burford, with its packhorse bridge and high street lined with 17th and 18th century houses and inns. 

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 350 feet (120m)

Option 2 - Windrush to Burford

 

In Summary: Follow the valley from the village of Windrush to neighbouring Great and Little Barrington, then continue through the fields to Burford.

Highlight: Stop to appreciate the charming small village of Great Barrington with its Norman church and grand Palladian mansion built in 1737.

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

Option 3 - Sherborne to Burford

 

In Summary: Explore the water meadows of the Windrush Valley as we walk from Sherborne to Little Barrington, then pass through peaceful pastoral scenery on the way to Burford.

Highlight: Sherborne Park is a traditional agricultural estate now owned by the National Trust. Look out for the row of almshouses in the nearby estate village.

Distance: 11½ miles (19km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Upper and Lower Slaughter

 

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.

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 250 feet (80m)

Option 2 - Lower Harford and the Windrush Valley

 

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.

Distance: 7 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 580 feet (180m) 

Option 3 - Naunton & the Windrush Valley

 

In Summary: Follow a clockwise loop from Bourton along the tranquil vallley of the River Windrush to Lower Harford and  the village of Naunton. Our return route takes us over the fields via the Slaughters.

Highlight: We should have time for refreshments in the Black Horse Inn at Naunton and/or the charming mill shop at Lower Slaughter. Keep a lookout for herons on the riverside section of this walk.

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)


Option 1 - Ilmington to Chipping Campden

 

In Summary: Starting from the village of Ilmington we'll climb up over the ridge past the 18th century Foxcote House to the neighbouring village of Ebrington. Our route continues along the Monarch’s Way into Chipping Campden.

Highlight: Chipping Campden is another fine market town whose wealth derived from affluent wool merchants in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

Option 2 - Hidcote to Chipping Campden

In Summary: Our walk links the National Trust gardens at Hidcote Manor with Chipping Campden. We'll pass over the rolling hills via the village of Ilmington.

Highlight: Hidcote gardens are designed in an Arts & Crafts style and are famed for its colourful outdoor 'rooms'; each planted in a different design.

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)

Option 3 - Mickleton to Chipping Campden

 

In Summary: Starting from the village of Mickleton, we'll first climb the hill to Hidcote Manor, then continue over the downs to Ilmington. Our walk continues along the Monarch's Way to Chipping Campden.

Highlight: Hunt out the 11 mice carved into the pews in Ilmington's fine Norman church.

Distance: 10½ miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Through the Fields to Broadway

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In Summary: From Ford we walk to the pretty village of Snowshill where we stop for lunch. Tracks and field paths then make for gentle walking to Broadway.

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

 

Option 2 - Snowshill & Broadway

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In Summary: We start our walk near the village of Temple Guiting where we join the Winchcombe Way heading north. Continuing through quiet Cotswold Countryside we reach the pretty village of Snowshill and our lunch stop. After lunch we follow the easier walking route to beautiful Broadway.

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

 

Option 3 - Over the hills to Broadway

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 1,135 feet (345m)

In Summary: This walk starts near to Temple Guiting where we join the Winchcombe Way heading southwest. We pass the medieval village of Pinnock before turning northeast towards Ford from where we follow the easier route through Snowshill and on to Broadway.

Highlight: We'll see the site of the medieval village of Pinnock, abandoned in 1348 after its population was wiped out by the Black Death.

 


Option 1 - The Monarch's Way to Bourton

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

In Summary: From near Broadwell, we follow the Monarch’s Way to picturesque Stow-on-the-Wold. We have lunch here before our walk continues through beautiful countryside, to picturesque Lower Slaughter, and then back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Our walk follows the Monarch’s Way - the escape route of Charles II after his defeat at the battle of Worcester in 1651.

 

Option 2 - Longborough to Bourton

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In Summary: The Monarch’s Way leads us through Cotswold stone villages, to picturesque Stow-on-the-Wold, where we enjoy lunch. Rolling countryside then takes us to picturesque Lower Slaughter and back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Timeless Lower Slaughter was voted the 'most romantic street in Britain'. With its idyllic cottages and watermill lining the River Eye, this is delightful spot to stop and relax.

 

Option 3 - Along the Monarch's Way

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 918 feet (280m)

In Summary: We pick up the Monarch’s Way from the centre of Moreton-in-marsh, following it south through typical English countryside towards the village of Longborough. The route then follows the medium walk through the lovely villages of Donnington and Broadwell arriving in Stow-on-the-Wold, then via Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds. Explore the large market square, once the site of the town's annual sheep fairs, that is surrounded by elegant houses and shops. 

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Through the Fields to Broadway

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 650 feet (200m) 

In Summary: From Ford we walk to the pretty village of Snowshill where we stop for lunch. Tracks and field paths then make for gentle walking to Broadway.

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

 

Option 2 - Snowshill & Broadway

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In Summary: We start our walk near the village of Temple Guiting where we join the Winchcombe Way heading north. Continuing through quiet Cotswold Countryside we reach the pretty village of Snowshill and our lunch stop. After lunch we follow the easier walking route to beautiful Broadway.

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

 

Option 3 - Over the hills to Broadway

Distance: 11½ miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 1,135 feet (345m)

In Summary: This walk starts near to Temple Guiting where we join the Winchcombe Way heading southwest. We pass the medieval village of Pinnock before turning northeast towards Ford from where we follow the easier route through Snowshill and on to Broadway.

Highlight: We'll see the site of the medieval village of Pinnock, abandoned in 1348 after its population was wiped out by the Black Death.

 


Option 1 - Hampnett to Bourton

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Ascent: 550 feet (170m)

In Summary: Today we follow the famous Cotswold trails of the Diamond Way and the Macmillan Way to Cold Aston. The Gloucestershire Way, our third national trail of the day, then leads us back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: The village church at Hampnett is quite unusual, with remarkable Victorian stenciling.

 

Option 2 - Hazelton to Bourton

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In Summary: From near Hazleton, the Gloucestershire Way and the Diamond Way take us through Notgrove and to Cold Aston. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Discover the legend of the Notgrove Long Barrow, said to contain a golden coffin.

 

Option 3 - Diamond Way to Bourton

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 920 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Starting near the village of Andoversford, we head south to Shipton before following the Gloucestershire Way through Salperton, on to Notgrove and then Cold Aston. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Notgrove Norman Church and nearby manor house, and the walk through the long avenue of Beech trees.


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.

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 law

Dining

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

Your evenings

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.

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

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 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.

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

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

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)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1

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