3-Night Cotswolds Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 3 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £349pp £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 

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 full days of guided walking with choice of easier, medium and harder grades
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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 from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - The Slaughters and Salmonsbury Camp

Distance: 6.8 miles (10.9km)

Ascent: 157 feet (98m)

In Summary: 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.

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.

Option 2 - The Slaughters and Lower Harford

Distance: 7.2 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 570 feet (175m)

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.

Option 3 - Naunton and the Slaughters

Distance: 10.3miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 695 feet (212m)

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: Keep a lookout for herons on the riverside section of this walk.


Option 1 - Bourton to Cold Aston

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m)

In Summary: This walk leaves Bourton-on-the-Water on the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways to arrive in Cold Aston. A lovely village arranged around a green and a sycamore tree. The Plough Inn is an ideal place for some refreshment. The walk continues across fields and around farms on the Sabrina Way and Monarch’s Way back to Bourton-on-the-water.

Highlight: Do look around at various times for some super views towards Little Rissington.

Option 2 - Cold Aston and Clapton

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In Summary: This walk leaves Bourton-on-the-Water on the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways to arrive in Cold Aston. A lovely village arranged around a green and a sycamore tree. The Plough Inn is an ideal place for some refreshment. The walk continues across fields and around farms on the Sabrina Way. The route then goes to Clapton on the Hill, before descending down through Marshmouth Farm and back into Bourton.

Highlight: The lovely church at Clapton on the Hill.

Option 3 - Cold Aston, Notgrove and Turkdean

Distance: 12miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (280m)

In Summary:  This walk leaves Bourton-on-the-Water on the Windrush and Gloucestershire Ways to arrive in Cold Aston. A lovely village arranged around a green and a sycamore tree. The Plough Inn is an ideal place for some refreshment then we continue to Notgrove, followed by Turkdean, another lovely village. Then back to Cold Aston on the Macmillan Way before turning off on Monarch’s Way back to Bourton.

Highlight: Explore picturesque Notgrove with its Manor house and beautiful church.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

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


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 from 4pm onwards.


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 from 4pm onwards.


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 from 4pm onwards.


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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 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. 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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Getting to Harrington House

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What to Bring

“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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
06 Nov - 09 Nov
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
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Walking Grade:
1

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