4-Night Cotswolds Guided Walking Holiday

Rollright stones ancient monument in Oxfordshire
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £449pp £389pp

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 in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • 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 - Around Bourton

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: This circular walk starts out along the Monarch’s Way reaching the village of Clapton-on-Hill. We return along the Windrush valley back to Bourton.

Highlight: At the end of the walk there is plenty of time to enjoy Bourton-on-the-Water. Why not sit beside the river and watch the world go by.

Option 2 - Windrush Valley, Clapton and Little Rissington

Distance: 7.5 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 560 feet (180m)

In summary: Follow the Monarch’s Way to Clapton-on-Hill, then take the route across the valley to Little Rissington. We return via quarry lakes to Bourton.

Highlight: Visit the ‘plague church’ at Little Rissington with it’s memorial window to the Red Arrows and graves of those killed at the nearby RAF flying school.

Option 3 - Windrush and Sherborne

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 700 feet (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 rolling countryside to the south of Bourton-on-the-Water.


Option 1 - Couple of Rissingtons

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)

Ascent: 250 feet (80m)

In Summary: Crossing Salmonsbury camp we leave the Windrush valley and head up the first of two Rissington villages, Wyck Rissington and then on to Little Rissington with its memorial to the RAF before dropping back down into the valley and back to the house.

Highlight: The moving testament to the memory of RAF serviceman who lost lives in World War II in Little Rissington church. 

Option 2 - Three of the Rissingtons

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 500 feet (140m)

In Summary: Leaving the valley we explore three of the Rissington villages, Wyck Rissington, Little Rissington (and the RAF memorial) and Great Rissington before returning to the house via the Quarry Lakes of the Windrush Valley.

Highlight: Beautiful Cotswold villages full of character and great views across the Cotswold countryside.

Option 3 - All Four of the Rissingtons

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Leaving the valley behind we ascend to explore all four of the Rissington villages – Wyck Rissington, Little Rissington ( with a chance to visit the RAF memorial), Great Rissington and Upper Rissington (Disused RAF airfield) before returning via the Quarry Lakes of the Windrush valley.

Highlight: Take a stroll through history as we explore the outstanding churches and stone cottages ranging from the 1400’s to the present day.


Option 1 - Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)

Ascent: 300 feet (140m)

In Summary: An attraction of this walk is that it includes three villages. We start in bustling Bourton-on-the-Water, crossing farmland to idyllic Lower Slaughter with its fine old houses and cottages sitting beside the picturesque Rive Eye and its attractive bridges. With time to visit the church, look at the Mill, and possibly enjoy the tea room, we then cross meadows to the sleepy and unspoilt village of Upper Slaughter before picking up the River Windrush to return to Harrington House.

Highlight: The mill at Lower Slaughter and two unspoilt Cotswold villages

Option 2 - Bourton to Icomb

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Leaving Bourton via the quarry lakes we ascend to Great Rissington and then across the Cotswold countryside to the idyllic Cotswold stone village of Icomb. With fine views across the Cotswold landscape we return to Harrington House via Greystones nature reserve and the picturesque main street of Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Take your camera – plenty of quintessential Cotswolds photo opportunities.

Option 3 - Bourton to Stow and back

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In Summary: We head north via Greystones nature reserve, taking attractive field paths and tracks to follow the Oxfordshire Way. This takes us to the market town of Stow on the Wold with its 17th and 18th century buildings built around the bustling market square. We leave Stow with views across the Wolds and cross farmland paths to idyllic Lower Slaughter with its fine old houses and cottages sitting beside the picturesque Rive Eye and its attractive bridges. Our walk then follows a track back to Bourton-on-the-Water

Highlight: St Edwards Church (rarely it has the war memorial inside) and the bustling market square at Stow-on-the-Wold.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


 

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


Option 1 - Along the Coln to Bibury

 

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 350 feet (100m)

In Summary: After a visit to the Roman Villa we'll start our walk at Fosse Bridge and follow the valley of the River Coln to Bibury.

Highlight: William Morris described Bibury as “the most beautiful village in England”. The much photographed Arlington Row cottages are a real delight.

 

Option 2 - Chedworth Villa to Bibury

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In Summary: Walk from Chedworth Roman Villa through the woods to Pancake Hill and the River Coln at Fosse Bridge. Here we head downstream through Cotswold country and hamlets to Bibury.

Highlight: Our walk starts at the Chedworth Roman Villa. Now managed by the National Trust, this is one of England's best preserved Roman sites, with fine mosaics dating from AD120-400.

 

Option 3 - Along the Coln Valley

 

Distance: 10 miles (16 km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Take a woodland walk from Yanworth Mill to Chedworth Roman Villa. Our walk continues along the valley of the River Coln to the beautiful village of Bibury.

Highlight: The River Coln is a rich wildlife habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for heron, kingfishers, water voles and brown trout which inhabit the river.

 


Option 1 - Coates, Thames Source and Cirencester

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 315 feet (96m)

In Summary: Today's walk will explore the village of Coates, with its church dating from the Norman period. Moving on to the source of the River Thames we’ll continue alongside a canal and through fields into Cirencester, the 'capital' of the Cotswolds.

Don’t miss: Explore Cirencester at the end of the walk. There's much of historical interest in what was Roman Britain’s second largest city.

Option 2 - Sapperton and Cirencester

 

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Ascent: 480 feet (140m) 

In Summary: We start today's walk at the ornate church of Sapperton, before walking across  fields and through woodland to the impressive southern entrance of the Sapperton Canal Tunnel. Taking time to visit the source of the River Thames we continue to the village of Coates and onwards to Cirencester.

Highlight: In Cirencester you could explore the Abbey grounds, the Corinium museum or the superb 15th century church.

 

Option 3 - Wysis Way and the source of the Thames

 

Distance: 11 miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Starting in the village of Frampton Mansell we follow the Wysis Way along the Severn Thames canal. We have the opportunity to visit both north and south entrances to the Sapperton canal tunnel before following the same route as Option 2 to Cirencester.    

Highlight: A walk rich in history, including charming Saxon and Norman village churches, rich Roman archaeology and industrial history. 

 


Option 1 - Hampnett to Bourton

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m)

In Summary:  Follow the Diamond and the Macmillan Way to Cold Aston. A third trail - the Gloucestershire Way takes us back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: St George's church in Hampnett with it's beautiful Victorian stencilling. 

 

Option 2 - Hazleton to Bourton

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

In Summary: Follow the Gloucestershire Way and Diamond Way through rolling countryside to the Wold villages of Notgrove and Cold Aston, before arriving back at Bourton-on-the-Water.

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

 

Option 3 - The Gloucestershire Way

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Follow the Gloucestershire Way through the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds. We'll pass sleepy villages, then make our way back to Bourton-on-the-Water through the Windrush Valley.

Highlight: We start near the supposedly haunted Frog Mill Inn; once the staging post for the Oxford to Gloucester mail coach.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


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)


Option 1 - Toddington to Winchcombe

 In Summary: Walk through gently rolling countryside, passing a heritage railway, ancient churches, and a ruined abbey, before ending the day at the historic Sudeley castle and its magnificent gardens.

Highlight: Toddington Manor, owned by contemporary artist Damien Hirst. 

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

Option 2 - Winchcombe Circular

 In Summary: Enjoy the views over the far reaching Evesham Vale, before passing Hailes Abbey and following the Cotswold Way to end at Sudeley Castle.

Highlight: The little chapel of ease at Farmcote.

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m) 

Option 3 - Langley Hill, Cleeve Hill & Belas Knap

 In Summary: Ascend Langley Hill with views out towards the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern hills, before continuing on to Cleeve hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds, with stunning views of Winchcombe and Sudeley castle in the valley below.

Highlight: Belas Knap - a Neolithic long barrow situated on Cleeve hill. 

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)


Option 1 - Broadwell to Bourton

 

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)

In Summary: A walk along the Monarch's Way from the village of Broadwell to Bourton-on-the-Water. We'll stop to explore Stow-on-the-Wold and the delightful village of Lower Slaughter.

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

 

Option 2 - Longborough to Bourton

 

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In Summary: This walk starts in the village of Longborough. We'll head first to Stow-on-the-Wold, then on to Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds. Explore the market square, once the site of the town's annual sheep fairs.

 

Option 3 - Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton

 

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary: Follow the Monarch's Way through gently rolling countryside. Starting from Moreton-in-Marsh our route takes us through Stow-on-the-Wold and Lower Slaughter back to Bourton.

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

 


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 - Coates, Thames Source and Cirencester

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 315 feet (96m)

In Summary: Today's walk will explore the village of Coates, with its church dating from the Norman period. Moving on to the source of the River Thames we’ll continue alongside a canal and through fields into Cirencester, the 'capital' of the Cotswolds.

Don’t miss: Explore Cirencester at the end of the walk. There's much of historical interest in what was Roman Britain’s second largest city.

Option 2 - Sapperton and Cirencester

 

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Ascent: 480 feet (140m) 

In Summary: We start today's walk at the ornate church of Sapperton, before walking across  fields and through woodland to the impressive southern entrance of the Sapperton Canal Tunnel. Taking time to visit the source of the River Thames we continue to the village of Coates and onwards to Cirencester.

Highlight: In Cirencester you could explore the Abbey grounds, the Corinium museum or the superb 15th century church.

 

Option 3 - Wysis Way and the source of the Thames

 

Distance: 11 miles (18.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Starting in the village of Frampton Mansell we follow the Wysis Way along the Severn Thames canal. We have the opportunity to visit both north and south entrances to the Sapperton canal tunnel before following the same route as Option 2 to Cirencester.    

Highlight: A walk rich in history, including charming Saxon and Norman village churches, rich Roman archaeology and industrial history. 

 


Option 1 - Hampnett to Bourton

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m)

In Summary:  Follow the Diamond and the Macmillan Way to Cold Aston. A third trail - the Gloucestershire Way takes us back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Highlight: St George's church in Hampnett with it's beautiful Victorian stencilling. 

 

Option 2 - Hazleton to Bourton

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

In Summary: Follow the Gloucestershire Way and Diamond Way through rolling countryside to the Wold villages of Notgrove and Cold Aston, before arriving back at Bourton-on-the-Water.

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

 

Option 3 - The Gloucestershire Way

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: Follow the Gloucestershire Way through the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds. We'll pass sleepy villages, then make our way back to Bourton-on-the-Water through the Windrush Valley.

Highlight: We start near the supposedly haunted Frog Mill Inn; once the staging post for the Oxford to Gloucester mail coach.

 


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.


Option 1 - Ilmington to Chipping Campden

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 600 feet (190m)

In Summary: From the pretty stone built village of Ilmington we walk through rolling Cotswold countryside to the equally pretty village of Ebrington. We finish our walk in the small town of Chipping Campden.

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

 

Option 2 - Stoke Hill to Chipping Campden

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Starting with an exhilarating climb over Stoke Hill, our walk takes us to the pretty village of Ilmington, then follows paths and tracks to Ebrington. We continue to the pleasant market town of Chipping Campden.

Highlight: At the end of your walk there is plenty of time to explore Chipping Campden. Enjoy a pint in one of the pubs, have a look around the shops or visit the magnificent 15th century St James Church.

 

Option 3 - Visiting Darlingscott

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: This walk follows the same route as the medium walk to the pretty village of Ilmington. Our paths then deviate and we visit Darlingscott before turning west to eventually rejoin the medium walk in Ebrington. We then continue to the pleasant market town of Chipping Campden.

Highlight: The 17th century market hall in Chipping Campden at the end of your walk and the charming Cotswold stone buildings along the High Street.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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


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. 

 


Option 1 - Ilmington to Chipping Campden

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 600 feet (190m)

In Summary: From the pretty stone built village of Ilmington we walk through rolling Cotswold countryside to the equally pretty village of Ebrington. We finish our walk in the small town of Chipping Campden.

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

 

Option 2 - Stoke Hill to Chipping Campden

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In Summary: Starting with an exhilarating climb over Stoke Hill, our walk takes us to the pretty village of Ilmington, then follows paths and tracks to Ebrington. We continue to the pleasant market town of Chipping Campden.

Highlight: At the end of your walk there is plenty of time to explore Chipping Campden. Enjoy a pint in one of the pubs, have a look around the shops or visit the magnificent 15th century St James Church.

 

Option 3 - Visiting Darlingscott

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: This walk follows the same route as the medium walk to the pretty village of Ilmington. Our paths then deviate and we visit Darlingscott before turning west to eventually rejoin the medium walk in Ebrington. We then continue to the pleasant market town of Chipping Campden.

Highlight: The 17th century market hall in Chipping Campden at the end of your walk and the charming Cotswold stone buildings along the High Street.


Option 1 - Cranham Valley and Painswick Beacon

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Visit a  beautiful, hidden valley in which is the village  of Cranham with church and the cosy pub. From there walk up through the beech woods to Painswick Beacon. Descend along the Cotswold Way to The Rococo Gardens and café.

Highlight: On our walk is the iron age camp of Painswick Beacon with stunning views across to the Black Mountains in Wales. 

 

Option 2 - Witcombe Woods and the Cotswold Escarpment

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1100 feet (340m)

In Summary: A winter walk through the beautiful beech woods along the Cotswold Way escarpment before ascending Painswick Beacon and descending to the Rococo Gardens and café.

Highlight: On our walk is the iron age camp of Painswick Beacon with stunning views across to the Black Mountains in Wales.

Option 3 - The Cotswolds Way to Painswick Beacon

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 1650 feet (500m)

In Summary: We begin our walk along the Cotswold Way passing the infamous Coopers Hill (cheese rolling). Continuing to walk along the escarpment through beautiful beech woods in winter before ascending Painswick Beacon. We then descend to the Rococo Gardens and café.

Highlight: On our walk is the iron age camp of Painswick Beacon with stunning views across to the Black Mountains in Wales.


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.


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. 


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

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
02 Nov - 06 Nov
4 2020 Guided Walking £449 £389 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
16 Nov - 20 Nov
4 2020 Guided Walking £449 £389 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
23 Nov - 27 Nov
4 2020 Guided Walking £449 £389 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
30 Nov - 04 Dec
4 2020 Guided Walking £449 £389 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
07 Dec - 11 Dec
4 2020 Guided Walking £449 £299 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
14 Dec - 18 Dec
4 2020 Guided Walking £449 £389 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2021
04 Jan - 08 Jan
4 Version 5 £469 £394 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
11 Jan - 15 Jan
4 Version 5 £469 £394 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
18 Jan - 22 Jan
4 Version 5 £469 £394 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
25 Jan - 29 Jan
4 Version 5 £469 £399 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
01 Feb - 05 Feb
4 Version 5 £469 £399 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
08 Feb - 12 Feb
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15 Feb - 19 Feb
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22 Feb - 26 Feb
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01 Mar - 05 Mar
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15 Mar - 19 Mar
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05 Apr - 09 Apr
4 Version 1 £539 £469 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
26 Apr - 30 Apr
4 Version 1 £539 £464 Save £75 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
03 May - 07 May
4 Version 3 £575 £545 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
17 May - 21 May
4 Version 1 £575 £545 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
14 Jun - 18 Jun
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21 Jun - 25 Jun
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28 Jun - 02 Jul
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02 Aug - 06 Aug
4 Version 1 £575 £545 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
09 Aug - 13 Aug
4 Version 3 £575 £545 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
13 Sep - 17 Sep
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20 Sep - 24 Sep
4 Version 1 £575 £545 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
11 Oct - 15 Oct
4 Version 2 £539 £464 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
18 Oct - 22 Oct
4 Version 1 £539 £469 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
08 Nov - 12 Nov
4 Version 5 £469 £399 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
15 Nov - 19 Nov
4 Version 5 £469 £394 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
22 Nov - 26 Nov
4 Version 5 £469 £399 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
06 Dec - 10 Dec
4 Version 5 £469 £399 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
13 Dec - 17 Dec
4 Version 5 £469 £399 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1

4 nights from £449pp £389pp

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