Cotswolds Spring & Winter Walking Holiday
Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season
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Meadows & hills
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days in the Cotswolds - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
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 Cotswolds on Foot
Explore the beautiful countryside and rich history of the Cotswolds on our guided walks. Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and pastoral countryside make this quintessentially English landscape perfect for walking. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.
- Our experienced guides offer a choice of walks each day, adjusted for the season
- We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearooom
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Harrington Hall
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
New 2019 Walks - The Diamond Way to Bourton
Available on: 19 Mar 2019, 26 Mar 2019, 12 Nov 2019, 19 Nov 2019, 3 Dec 2019
Option 1: Hampnett to Bourton
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 550 feet (170m)
The walk in a nutshell: Today we follow the famous Cotswold trails of the Diamond Way and the Macmillan Way to a tasty lunch at Cold Aston. The Gloucestershire Way, our third national trail of the day, then leads us back to Bourton-on-the-Water.
Don’t miss: The village church at Hampnett is quite unusual, with remarkable Victorian stenciling.
Option 2: Hazelton to Bourton
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: From near Hazleton, the Gloucestershire Way and the Diamond Way take us through Notgrove and to Cold Aston for lunch. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk back to Bourton-on-the-Water.
Don’t miss: Discover the legend of the Notgrove Long Barrow, said to contain a golden coffin.
Option 3: Diamond Way to Bourton
Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 920 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Notgrove Norman Church and nearby manor house, and the walk through the long avenue of Beech trees.
New 2019 Walks - Towards Chipping Campden
Available on: 20 Mar 2019, 27 Mar 2019, 13 Nov 2019, 20 Nov 2019, 4 Dec 2019
Option 1: Ilmington to Chipping Campden
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (190m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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
Don’t miss: 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 (14½km)
Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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 where we’ll enjoy our lunch. We continue to the pleasant market town of Chipping Campden.
Don’t miss: 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)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: The 17th century market hall in Chipping Campden at the end of your walk and the charming Cotswold stone buildings along the High Street.
New 2019 Walks - Chedworth to Northleach
Available on: 21 Mar 2019, 28 Mar 2019, 14 Nov 2019, 21 Nov 2019, 5 Dec 2019
Option 1: Roman Villa to Northleach
Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)
The walk in a nutshell: A chance to visit one of the best preserved Roman sites in the country, Chedworth Roman Villa (National Trust). After time to explore, our walk winds its way alongside Chedworth Woods and follows the Monarch’s Way to Northleach. We stop en route for lunch.
Don’t miss: 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 2: Chedworth to Northleach
Distance: 6½ miles (11km)
Total ascent: 860 feet (260m)
The walk in a nutshell: We begin our walk on the Macmillan Way near the village of Chedworth and make our way to its famous Roman Villa (National Trust). There’s plenty of time to explore, before we follow the valley of the River Colne and the Monarch’s Way and finish our walk at Northleach.
Don’t miss: Northleach is modest in size, but full of historic interest, including an impressive 14th Century church and a prison dating from 1791.
Option 3: Along the Coln Valley
Distance: 9½ miles (15km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)
The walk in a nutshell: We begin our walk by the church in Rendcomb, then climb to Green Meadow Farm before joining the Macmillan Way into the village of Chedworth and its famous Roman Villa (National Trust). We follow the valley of the River Colne and the Monarch’s Way and finish our walk at Northleach.
Don’t miss: The River Coln is a rich wildlife habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for heron, kingfishers, water voles and brown trout which inhabit the river.
New 2019 Walks - Snowshill & Broadway
Available on: 23 Mar 2019, 9 Nov 2019, 16 Nov 2019, 23 Nov 2019, 30 Nov 2019
Option 1: Through the Fields to Broadway
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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 (14½km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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 (18½km)
Total ascent: 1,135 feet (345m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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
Don’t miss: We'll see the site of the medieval village of Pinnock, abandoned in 1348 after its population was wiped out by the Black Death.
New 2019 Walks - Monarch’s Way to Stow and Bourton
Available on: 24 Mar 2019, 10 Nov 2019, 17 Nov 2019, 24 Nov 2019, 1 Dec 2019
Option 1: The Monarch's Way to Bourton
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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 (18½km)
Total ascent: 918 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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
Don’t miss: 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.
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 route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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 £40 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. Cross the narrow bridge and continue for approximately 100yds. Just before the road forks, Harrington House is on the left. 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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