Guided Walking at Bourton-on-the-Water
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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.
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.
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• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
• At the very top of the house is the observatory
• Free WiFi in public rooms
|• Range of board games and books
• At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet lawn
|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.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Due to the layout and age of Harrington House, it is not recommended for wheelchair users or anyone with restricted mobility.
Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and internally there are some steps to negotiate.
- 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
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Discover the best of the Cotswolds on our guided walks. Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
J: Following the Monarch’s Way through the Cotswolds
Available on: 10 Aug 2017, 24 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 26 Oct 2017, 9 Nov 2017, 23 Nov 2017
Today's walks head back to Bourton-on-the Water via the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and the delightful village of Lower Slaughter.
Easier Walk: Starting our walk from Broadwell, we pass Stow-on-the-Wold and Lower Slaughter on the banks of the River Eye on our way back to Bourton. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Longborough we visit Donnington, Broadwell, and Stow-on-the- Wold – the highest town in the Cotswolds – and Lower Slaughter on our return to Bourton. 9 miles (14km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Moreton-in-Marsh we follow the Monarch’s Way which tracks the escape route of Charles II to Shoreham and France after his defeat at the battle of Worcester in 1651. Walking to Longborough, we then follow the Medium Walk to Bourton. 11 miles (18 km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent.
A: South along the Windrush Valley
Available on: 12 Aug 2017, 26 Aug 2017, 9 Sep 2017, 14 Oct 2017, 28 Oct 2017
Enjoy circular walks starting and finishing at Bourton-on-the-Water. We'll head south along the Windrush Valley; an ideal introduction to the rolling landscapes of the Cotswolds.
Easier Walk: A circular walk from Bourton starts out along the Monarch’s Way reaching the village of Clapton-on-the-Hill. Descending into the Windrush valley and visiting Salmonsbury camp before returning to Bourton. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We follow the Monarch’s Way to Clapton-on-the-Hill; we then take the route across the valley to Little Rissington with its ‘plague church’ and its memorial window to the Red Arrows. We will also see the graves of many men killed from the RAF Flying School which was based here. We return via the quarry lakes to Bourton. 7½ miles (11.5km) with 560 feet (180m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Bourton to Clapton-on-the-Hill, we then track south to the attractive village of Sherborne before returning to Bourton via the Windrush valley. 10½ miles (17km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
B: The Cotswold Way to Broadway
Available on: 13 Aug 2017, 27 Aug 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 15 Oct 2017, 29 Oct 2017
Follow the Cotswold Way to the charming village of Snowshill, then continue on to Broadway; one of the area's showpiece villages with its fine collection of stone buildings.
Easier Walk: From Ford we walk to the pretty village of Snowshill and then take field paths to Broadway with its beautiful cottages of mellow Cotswold stone.
7 miles (11.5km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: After walking to Temple Guiting we walk north following the River Windrush near to its source. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk from Ford. 9 miles (14.5km) with 750 feet (220m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Snowshill Road and Temple Guiting we see the site of the medieval village of Pinnock, abandoned in 1348 after its population was wiped out by the Black Death. After Ford and Cutsdean we head for Broadway via Snowshill.
11½ miles (18.5km) with 1,150 feet (340m) of ascent.
C: Chedworth Roman Villa and Bibury
Available on: 15 Aug 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 17 Oct 2017, 31 Oct 2017
Start the day with a visit to the remains of Chedworth Roman Villa with its fine mosaics. Our walks follow the valley of the River Colne to Bibury with its splendid Arlington Row cottages.
Easier Walk: Today we have an option to visit one of the best preserved Roman sites in the country, Chedworth Roman Villa (National Trust), dating from AD120-400. We walk from Fosse Bridge to the attractive village of Bibury. 5 miles (8km) with 350 feet (100m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: After leaving Chedworth Roman Villa we walk up through Chedworth woods to Pancake Hill and the River Coln at Fosse Bridge, before heading downstream through Cotswold country and hamlets to Bibury. 8 miles (12.5km) with 600 feet (200m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We head west past Yanworth Mill (an old corn mill) through the woods to the ruins of Chedworth Roman Villa. From there we follow the route of the Medium Walk to Bibury. 10 miles (16km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
D: The Dunts and Cirencester
Available on: 16 Aug 2017, 13 Sep 2017, 18 Oct 2017, 1 Nov 2017
Easier Walk: From Winstone we take in the three villages all starting with ‘Dunts’ in their name. Finally arriving in the capital of the Cotswolds – Cirencester - with time to explore what was Roman Britain’s second largest city. 7 miles (11.5km) with 250 feet (80m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Gloucester Beeches we go south east to take in several typical Cotswold villages with history going back over 2,000 years to Roman times, arriving in the Roman city of Cirencester. Here you can explore Abbey ground, the Corinium museum and 15th century church. 8½ miles (14km) with 300 feet (100m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Gloucester Beeches we go west to Brimpsfield before turning south east to explore many Cotswold’s villages with churches dating back to Saxon times. In Cirencester you will pass through 2,000 years of history before well-earned refreshments in one of the many cafes. 11 ½ miles (18.5km) with 750 feet (220m) of ascent.
E: Parts of the Gloucestershire Way
Available on: 17 Aug 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 19 Oct 2017, 2 Nov 2017
Follow the Gloucestershire Way through the rolling countyside of the Cotswolds. We'll pass sleepy villages on our way back to Bourtom-on-the-Water.
Easier Walk: From Notgrove the route is through Cold Aston before joining the River Windrush back to Bourton. 6½ miles (11km) and 350 feet (100m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at the Neolithic burial site of Notgrove Long Barrow we walk west to Salperton and then on to Cold Aston and Bourton. 8½ miles (14 km) with 550 feet (180m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We walk east from the Frog Mill Inn, once known as the most haunted pub in the Cotswolds, through Shipton Solers and Shipton Oliffe, then to Hampen and Salperton and back to Bourton via Cold Aston. 10½ miles (17km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
F: Around the Slaughters
Available on: 19 Aug 2017, 2 Sep 2017, 16 Sep 2017, 21 Oct 2017, 4 Nov 2017, 18 Nov 2017
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.
Easier Walk: On this circular walk from Bourton we visit the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter following the river Eye. We return via Salmondsbury Camp to Bourton. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We visit both Upper and Lower Slaughter and the medieval village of Lower Harford. 7 miles (11.5km) with 550 feet (180m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Following a clockwise loop from Bourton along the River Windrush to Lower Harford and Naunton, we cross country to the Warden’s Way and the Slaughters and back to Bourton. 10½ miles (16.5km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
G: The Windrush Valley to Burford
Available on: 20 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 22 Oct 2017, 5 Nov 2017, 19 Nov 2017
Enjoy a choice of walks along the tranquil valley fo the River Windrush to the delightful small town of Burford.
Easier Walk: From Little Barrington we follow a route through Westwell and Holwell into Burford, with its packhorse bridge and high street lined with 17th and 18th century houses and inns. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 350 feet (120m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Our start is a typical Cotswold village, Windrush, continuing to Great Barrington with its Norman church and Palladian mansion built in 1737. From here we continue on the same paths as the Easier Walk to Burford. 8½ miles (14km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Today’s starting point is Sherborne Park and Sherborne, a traditional agricultural estate and feudal village now owned by the National Trust. Heading east across water-meadows and through the Cotswold villages we follow the Medium Walk into Burford. 11½ miles (19km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
H: Chipping Campden and the Cotswolds
Available on: 22 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 24 Oct 2017, 7 Nov 2017, 21 Nov 2017
Today we head to the north-east corner of the Cotswolds for walks around Chpping Campden, another classic Cotswold market town.
Easier Walk: From Ilmington we cross the ridge of Pig Lane before descending past the 18th century Foxcote House, and through Ebrington to join the Monarch’s Way into Chipping Campden. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor with its spectacular gardens, we walk across country to Ilmington and follow the route of the Easier Walk into Chipping Campden. 9 miles (14.5km) with 950 feet (280m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Mickleton is the start of this walk which then heads to Hidcote Manor and the route of the Medium Walk to Chipping Campden, famous for affluent wool merchants in the 14th and 15th centuries. 10½ miles (17.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.
I: The Cotswold Way to Painswick
Available on: 23 Aug 2017, 6 Sep 2017, 20 Sep 2017, 25 Oct 2017, 8 Nov 2017, 22 Nov 2017
Follow the Cotswold Way along the edge of the escarpment, enjoying sweeping views over the Gloucestershire countryside.
Easier Walk: From Cranham we take in Buckholt Wood before picking up the Cotswold Way to Painswick, one of Gloucestershire’s many wool towns, with its 99 yew trees which were planted in its churchyard in 1692. 6 miles (9.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Walking from Witcombe Wood we drop gradually into Cranham, take in Cooper’s Hill, and then follow the route of the Easier Walk into Painswick. 7½ miles (12.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: East of Gloucester is Ullen Wood where we start our walk, picking up the Cotswold Way as we head past Birdlip. Contouring round Cooper’s Hill, site of the Whit Monday cheese-rolling competitions, we continue over the Iron Age hill fort site of Painswick and into Painswick itself. 10 miles (16km) with 1,650 feet (500m) of ascent.
Which break for me
Our best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.
We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:
Guided Walking - Classic Breaks
Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our long-standing guests
During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. In the evening relax with likeminded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.
Classic Breaks at Bourton-on-the-Water start on Fri 17 and Mon 20 November 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
See our full list of Classic Breaks
Guided Walking in February & March
Seasonal walks with a hot lunch included!
Join us on this new, specially tailored itinerary – complete with a choice of walks specially selected for the season plus a tasty hot lunch at handpicked local pubs or tea shops en route.
- Enjoy a choice of two specially selected walks each day
- Tuck into tasty hot lunches at handpicked local pubs and teashops en route
- Experience beautiful Cotswold scenery without the crowds!
We operate these walks in February, March and November 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
Other Guided Walking holidays at Bourton-on-the-Water
Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits
Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks
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:
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.
Hidcote 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 to Bourton-on-the-Water
Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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Dates & Prices
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|3 Nov 2017||BNBOB - Guided Walking - Bourton on the Water||3||£299.00||£279.00||Book Now|
|3 Nov 2017||BNBOB - Guided Walking - Bourton on the Water||7||£649.00||£574.00||Book Now|
|6 Nov 2017||BNBOB - Guided Walking - Bourton on the Water||4||£385.00||£360.00||Book Now|
|17 Nov 2017||BNBOB - Guided Walking - Classic Breaks - Bourton||3||£269.00||£219.00||Book Now|
|17 Nov 2017||BNBOB - Guided Walking - Classic Breaks - Bourton||7||£579.00||£499.00||Book Now|
|20 Nov 2017||BNBOB - Guided Walking - Classic Breaks - Bourton||4||£349.00||£289.00||Book Now|
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