Cotswold Way Self Guided Walking Holiday

Holidays from 7-10 Days Walking, 102 miles, Price from £540 per person



The Cotswold Way is a recent addition to the Long Distance Footpaths when formally launched in May 2007 covering a distance of 102 miles starting at the north end in Chipping Campden and finishing in the south at the historic city of Bath.

Your journey along the path changes at every corner as you traverse along the high route sections taking in the excellent views on offer before returning down to the valley to visit the many farming communities and picturesque Cotswold stone built villages such as Winchcombe, Painswick and Wotton-Under-Edge and many others.

Be sure to take time out to visit the many historic points the trail has to offer in the way of churches, roman villas abbeys and battle sites. Wealthy manor houses are another feature of the trail mostly paid for with the wealth achieved from the Cotswold sheep market.

Book with Northwestwalks and you can be confident of a personal, professional and well organised service. You can be assured we select quality walker friendly accommodation and provide a reliable daily luggage transfer service, plus a holiday pack which includes route information, accommodation details, route map, guidebook and the reassurance we can always be contacted should you need assistance.


Cotswold Way Itineraries and Prices

Our self guided holidays are booked on an individual basis and therefore you can start your holiday on any date of your choice between April and October, and include rest days if required.
To book your holiday choose an itinerary that meets your requirements, then click Book Your Holiday


7 Nights/6 Days Walking
Cotswold Way self guided holiday

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 6 days walking

  • Total distance 102 miles

  • Average daily distance 17 miles

  • Shortest day 14 miles

  • Longest day 21 miles

  • Price £540/person
    (single supplement* £210/person)

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8 Nights/7 Days Walking
Cotswold Way self guided holiday

  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 7 days walking

  • Total distance 102 miles

  • Average daily distance 14.5 miles

  • Shortest day 10 miles

  • Longest day 17 miles

  • Price £615/person
    (single supplement* £240/person)

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9 Nights/8 Days Walking
Cotswold Way Way self guided holiday

  • 9 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 8 days walking

  • Total distance 102 miles

  • Average daily distance 13 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 17 miles

  • Price £675/person
    (single supplement* £270/person)

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10 Nights/9 Days Walking
Cotswold Way self guided holiday

  • 10 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 9 days walking

  • Total distance 102 miles

  • Average daily distance 11.5 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 16 miles

  • Price £730/person
    (single supplement* £300/person)

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11 Nights/10 Days Walking
Cotswold Way self guided holiday

  • 11 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 10 days walking

  • Total distance 102 miles

  • Average daily distance 10 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 14 miles

  • Price £795/person
    (single supplement* £330/person)

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*Single supplement - There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £30 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

If you want to follow an itinerary that is not listed please contact us on 01257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk

Extra nights/rest days can be added to your itinerary. Price from £50 per person per night.

Holiday Information

Tour Availability
This tour is available from April to October.

Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Route information and itinerary.

  • Detailed instructions to find your accommodation.

  • Guidebook and route map for the group Leader.

  • Emergency contact

Grade of walk

Moderate

Start of route
Chipping Campden

End of route
Bath

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. All rooms are ensuite or have private facilities.

Single occupancy supplement
There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £30 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Meals
Breakfast is included. Packed lunches can be purchased from your overnight accommodation or local convenience stores. Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and in overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the walk your luggage is transferred between overnight accommodation by luggage transfer service, so all you need is a day rucksack with its contents

Guide Book and Map
A guidebook and route map are included.

Travel


UK bus and train journeys can be planned online at www.traveline.org.uk

By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ can be purchased approx 12 weeks prior to departure. Prices can vary greatly and the cheaper tickets sometimes only become available approx 6 weeks prior to travel.

To Chipping Camden
Travel by train to Moreton-in-Marsh with services, via connecting stations, from most UK stations.
Approximate journey times – From London Paddington 1.5 hours

From Moreton-in-Marsh travel by bus to Chipping Camden
Approximate journey time – 40 minutes

From Bath
There is a train station in Bath with services, via connecting stations, to most UK stations.
Approximate journey times – To London Paddington 1.5 hours.

By bus
Bus timetables are available to view online at www.traveline.org.uk

To Chipping Camden
The bus stop in Chipping Camden is a short walk from your accommodation.

From Bath
There is a central bus station in Bath

By Air

London Heathrow
To Chipping Camden
Trains run from Heathrow to London Paddington where you change trains to Moreton-in-Marsh, then bus to Chipping Camden.
Approximate journey times 2 hours.

From Bath
Trains run from Bath to London Paddington where you change trains to Heathrow.
Approximate journey times 2 hours.

Bristol airport
To Chipping Camden
Travel by bus from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station then train to Reading, change train to Moreton-in-Marsh, then bus to Chipping Camden
Approximate journey times 4.5 hours

From Bath
Travel by train to Bristol Temple Meads then bus to Bristol Airport
Approximate journey times 45 minutes


Equipment List


Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry

2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Required
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Sunhat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight
Whistle

Optional
Spare Laces
Gaiters
Shorts
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Trekking poles
Sunglasses

Dossier

The Cotswold Way is a recent addition to the Long Distance Footpaths when formally launched in May 2007 covering a distance of 102 miles starting at the north end in Chipping Campden and finishing in the south at the historic city of Bath.

Your journey along the path changes at every corner as you traverse along the high route sections taking in the excellent views on offer before returning down to the valley to visit the many farming communities and picturesque Cotswold stone built villages such as Winchcombe, Painswick and Wotton-Under-Edge and many others.

Start of route
Chipping Campden

End of route
Bath

Grade

Generally this is a moderate route, though some strenuous walking is encountered on the hill sections e.g. Broad Tower 313 metres, Cleeve Hill 317 metres, Wistley Hill 296 metres and Leckhampton Hill 293 metres.

Terrain
The terrain varies from footpaths, farmland, country lanes and rolling hills.

Waymarking
The route is sensibly waymarked and generally easy to follow with the aid of a map.

Guide books and maps
A guidebook and Harvey map are included. Additional guide books and maps are available for the route.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation by a luggage transfer agent. Luggage allowance is 1 bag/person weighing not more than 20kg (44lbs).

Accommodation description
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. All rooms are ensuite or have private facilities.

Single occupancy supplement
There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £25 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Meals
A full English breakfast is included in the cost of your holiday and is served at your accommodation. Packed lunches (average cost £5) are available to buy from your accommodation or local shop, and evening meals (average cost £12) are generally available from local pubs or your accommodation.

Weather
The weather in England is changeable. You should be prepared for all possibilities as weather can change quickly. Weather statistics are available from the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/

Clothing
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential.

Footwear
Comfortable walking boots which provide good grip on multiple terrain and ankle support are recommended.

Equipment
A suggested equipment list will be sent to you.

Travel
For information on travelling to and from the route please click the travel tab at the top of this page.

Customer reviews

Hi Dean, I just wanted to thank you for your management of our walking trip on the Cotswold Way. We had a great time! The hotels and B&B's were generally excellent and our hosts were all friendly and very helpful. The map and guide book were very useful, we got off track a couple of times but found our way back on track quickly after having a closer look at the map...Thank you again for your assistance with the luggage transfer and the accommodation bookings - we really enjoyed the walk. The landscapes were spectacular, the trail led us to many lookout points...
Brenda, Canada, Cotswold Way Self-Guided, 2015


Finished the Cotswold Way and many thanks as the B&B's were superb.
Paul, UK, Cotswold Way Self-Guided, 2012


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