Spring & Winter Walking at Bourton-on-the-Water
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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.
Bourton-on-the-Water is set up so beautifully for spring & winter walking, why not join us on a walking holiday in February, March or November.
This seasonal walking comes with a choice of two walks, specially adapted to highlight the best of the season, and includes a hot lunch or an afternoon tea in a cosy pub or tearoom. Perfect for warming up after your morning walk, before lacing back up and heading out again!
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 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 the choice of up two different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- On these holidays we'll stop for a hot lunch or an afternoon tea in a local pub or tearoom
- 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.
Snowshill & Broadway - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 3 Nov 2018, 17 Nov 2018
Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch at the Snowshill Arms.
Option 1: Snowshill & Broadway
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
The walk in a nutshell: Walk through rolling Cotswold countryside from Ford to the village of Snowshill, where we'll eat at the Snowshill Arms. Its then on through the fields 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: Temple Guiting to Broadway
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the River Windrush north from Temple Guiting towards its source, then continue on past our pub stop at Snowshill to Broadway.
Don’t miss: Take time to explore delightful Snowshill with its timeless church and National Trust manor house.
Image 1: credit VisitEngland/Nick Turner/Cotswolds Tourism
The Monarch's Way - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 4 Nov 2018, 18 Nov 2018
Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.
Option 1: Broadwell to Bourton
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: A countryside walk along the Monarch's Way from the village to Broadwell to Bourton-on-the-Water. We'll stop to explore Stow-on-the-Wold and the delightful village of Lower Slaughter.
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 2: Longborough to Bourton
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: This walk starts further north in the village of Longborough. We'll head first to Stow-on-the-Wold, then on through the fields to Lower Slaughter and 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.
The Diamond Way - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 6 Nov 2018, 20 Nov 2018, 27 Nov 2018
Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch at The Plough pub in Cold Aston.
Option 1: Notgrove to Bourton
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Diamond Way and the Macmillan Way to a tasty lunch at The Plough at Cold Aston. Our third trail of the day – the Gloucestershire Way, 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: Salperton to Bourton
Distance: 9 miles (14km)
Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Gloucestershire Way and Diamond Way through rolling countryside to the villages of Notgrove and Cold Aston for lunch, then continue to Bourton-on-the-Water.
Don’t miss: Discover the legend of the Notgrove Long Barrow, said to contain a golden coffin.
Image 2 credit VisitEngland/Nick Turner/Cotswolds Tourism
Towards Chipping Campden - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 7 Nov 2018, 21 Nov 2018, 28 Nov 2018
Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch at Ebrington.
Option 1: Ilmington and Ebrington
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 600 feet (190m)
The walk in a nutshell: Pretty stone built villages, rolling Cotswold fields and quiet country lanes are features of this walk. We pause in Ebrington for lunch in the pub on the village green and end our day in the ancient 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 2: Stoke Hill and Pretty Villages
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: With an exhilarating climb over Stoke Hill to start our walk, we’ll visit the pretty Cotswold villages of Ilmington and Ebrington before the Heart of England Way guides us to the vibrant 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.
Chedworth Roman Villa & Northleach - Spring & Winter Walks
Available on: 8 Nov 2018, 22 Nov 2018, 29 Nov 2018
Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub or cafe.
Option 1: Roman Villa to Northleach
Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)
Total ascent: 450 feet (140m) of ascent.
The walk in a nutshell: We'll walk from the Roman villa beside the River Coln, then later through the fields, following the Monarch's Way to Northleach.
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: 600 feet (180m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Chedworth village through the woods to the Roman villa. We'll continue along the Monarch's Way, following riverside and field paths to 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.
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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