Walking Taster Weekend at Bourton-on-the-Water

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Free WiFi
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
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Difficulty indicator

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.

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Never tried a walking holiday? Not sure if it’s for you?

Enjoy a weekend’s celebration of walking and join us for a beginners' taster break where you can enjoy a superb selection of some of the different types of walking holidays we have on offer.

Our beginners' taster break gives you the chance to try guided or self-guided walking, and to enjoy anything from a super easy stroll to something a little more challenging. We’ve a wealth of expertise on hand too, to give advice on what to wear, where to walk, and anything else you want to know.

Holiday Highlights 

  • Join others that are new to walking, and celebrate the outdoors with a selection of walks discovering the superb scenery of the Cotswold Hills
  • Try Guided or Self-guided walks
  • Choose a super easy stroll or a leg stretching challenge
  • Tap into our expertise and take the opportunity to find out what to wear, where to walk, and anything else you want to know

Great reasons to join us

  • Great Value: all prices are Full Board, including breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals
  • Comfy accommodation: you’ll enjoy comfortable en-suite rooms, and there’s plenty of space to relax too, including a lounge with fabulous panoramic views over the Cotswold hills, and a welcoming bar
  • Experienced friendly leaders: will help you discover the outdoors through a selection of superb walks
  • Join us! We’ve over 100 years’ experience creating fantastic holidays for people escaping to explore the outdoors

Please note that our Recommend a Friend scheme does not apply to this holiday.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Harrington House in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham

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

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• 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
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
• Ballroom
• 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

Dining

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.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Bourton-on-the-water evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


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.

Accessibility

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.

More details on Bourton accessibility

Additional information

  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday 

Option 1: Upper and Lower Slaughter

Option 2: Bourton Circuit 

Option 3: Naunton & the Windrush Valley

Option 4: Walking with Sightseeing

Cottages and bridge in village of Lower Slaughter

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: On this circular walk from Bourton we visit the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter following the river Eye.

Don’t miss: At the end of your walk there is plenty of time to explore Bourton-on-the-Water. Enjoy a pint in one of the pubs, visit the shops, or find a bench beside the River Windrush and soak up this charming rural village.

Upper Slaughter

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Visit both Upper and Lower Slaughter and the medieval village of Lower Harford, before a riverside walk beside the Windrush back to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Don’t miss: 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.

Naunton in the Windrush Valley

Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow a clockwise loop from Bourton along the tranquil vallley of the River Windrush to Lower Harford and  the village of Naunton. Our return route takes us over the fields via the Slaughters.

Don’t miss: We should have time for refreshments in the Black Horse Inn at Naunton and/or the charming mill shop at Lower Slaughter. Keep a lookout for herons on the riverside section of this walk.

Cotswold Way - Broadway Tower a folly built in 1799 by the Earl of Coventry

Distance: 3 miles (5 km)

Total ascent: 140 feet (45m)

The day in a nutshell: We follow The Cotswold Way to the beautiful, historic village of Broadway – often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’, visiting on our way the eccentric 18th Century folly of Broadway Tower

Don't miss: The unrivalled view from the top of Broadway Tower, stretching on a clear day from the Welsh Mountains to Buckinghamshire and including up to 16 counties

Day 2: Sunday

If you’re looking for a little more independence with you’re walking, today’s the day to try a fabulous selection of self-guided routes that we have on offer. We’ve a choice of about 20 different walks to choose from. All of the routes have been written with the beginner in mind – so there’s no technical terms, and no map and compass needed – just grab your coat and go. There'll be help at hand if you’d like any advice on which routes are best for you.

Cottages and bridge in village of Lower SlaughterLaid back walksHF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the beautiful scenery. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

Bourton Circular - 3 miles

Lower Slaughter - 3 miles

Bourton & Quarry Lakes - 4 miles

The Slaughters - 5 miles

Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton - 5 miles

Broadway Tower - 5 miles  Sample route - Broadway Tower


Market place in Chipping CampdenLeg stretcher walks HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Some longer walks on well-graded paths.. Experience a true flavour of the Cotswolds as you follow these varied routes.

Chedworth Roman Villa - 6 miles

Clapton-on-the-Hill - 6 miles

Clapton & Little Rissington - 7 miles

Along the Cotswold Escarpment - 7 miles


Rolling fields of the CotswoldsFull on walks HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

For those who love to stride out on these longer routes.

Hidcote & Illmington - 8 miles

Naunton & the Slaughters - 10 miles

Gloucestershire Way - 11 miles  Sample route - Gloucestershire Way

Local area

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:

Chipping Campden
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.

Pathway through elegant gardensHidcote 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 

 

 

Rolling hills and Broadway TowerBroadway
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.

 

Inside the Royal Shakespeare TheatreStratford-upon-Avon
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

 

 

Exterior and gardens of Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
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

 

 

Cheltenham
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.

Gloucester
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

Oxford
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

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water

Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Bus

By bus:

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.

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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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