Guided Walking for Solos at Bourton-on-the-Water
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Meadows & hills
Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Country walking is a great way to meet new friends, and the convivial atmosphere of our Country Houses will make sure you have an enjoyable time.
A Guided Walking holiday in charming Bourton-on-the-Water is the ideal way to explore the beautiful honey-coloured stone villages and enchanting landscape of the Cotswolds.
- Visit Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway, all built from golden Cotswold stone
- Just two hours from London; an ideal getaway for a short break or longer holiday
- Close to Blenheim Palace, ancestral home of Winston Churchill, the historic university city of Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace
Great reasons to join us
- For Solos: no single room charge and double rooms are available at no extra cost. Twin rooms are also available for sole occupancy at a special reduced price of £10 per night
- Exclusivity: we welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is for single guests
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
- Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
- Accommodation: stay at historic 4-star Harrington House, full of charm and character, in the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together
Dating from the Tudor period and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.
Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 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
Discover the Picturesque Cotswolds on Foot
Explore the rolling hills, and the pretty stone villages 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.
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Harrington House
Chedworth Roman Villa and Bibury
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.
The Dunts and Cirencester
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.
Parts of the Gloucestershire Way
Follow the Gloucestershire Way through the rolling countyside of the Cotswolds. We'll pass sleepy villages on our way back to Bourton-on-the-Water.
Easier Walk: From the village of Hampnett the route is on quiet roads and tracks through Turkdean & Cold Aston before joining the Gloucestershire Way back to Bourton-on-the-Water. 7 miles (11km) and 550 feet (160m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting near the village of Hazelton we walk northerly across rolling cotswold countryside to Salperton and then on to Cold Aston and Bourton. 9 miles (14 km) with 550 feet (160m) 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.
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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