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Walking the Cotswold Ring

Walking the Cotswold Ring

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From $1699per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2020  
  • Departures
    Daily from 1 Mar '20 to 29 Nov '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route directions and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Hotel upgrades
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, vegetarian meals, solo travellers, couples

Great Britain

Walking the Cotswold Ring

  • Explore the Cotswolds - England's 2nd largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (2nd to the Lake District)
  • Beautiful villages including Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water and Winchcombe
  • Visit the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle (last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's 6th wife)
  • Stunning gardens at historical manor houses including National Trust gardens
  • Start your walk from historic spa town, Cheltenham with an optional visit to Stratford-upon-Avon en route.

This walk through the Cotswolds starts in the historic Regency spa town of Cheltenham and explores the quintessentially British villages of the area. The Cotswolds are England's second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the Lake District is first!) and with a combination of panoramic rolling hills, sites of historical interest and the archetypal golden-hued vilages, there is so much to explore! Enjoy the delights of Cheltenham before taking in some world-famous villages along the route, including Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water and the Saxon capital of Winchcombe. There's even the option to take a side trip to visit Stratford-upon-Avon if a visit to Shakespeare's birthplace is calling you!

Your route takes you over Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswolds, to Sudeley Castle, the last resting place of Katherine Parr (Henry VIII's 6th wife). Visit some of the 'wool churches' of the Cotswolds - so named because of the input of finances from local, wealthy wool merchants back in medieval times to create elaborate and architecturally stunning buildings. Two of note on this route are in Winchcombe and Chipping Campden. Other points of interest along the route include some beautiful formal gardens at Kiftsgate or the Hidcote National Trust gardens. The River Windrush (after which the post-war West Indian immigration boat was named) forms part of the route back to Cheltenham from Bourton-on-the-Water.

Accommodation along the route has been hand-picked in Bed & Breakfasts with character, ranging from inns and townhouses to an old bakery. Offering a warm and friendly Cotswold welcome, as well as hearty breakfasts, they offer comfortable stops along the walk and a charming insight into Cotswold life.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrive in Cheltenham Spa

On arrival in the historic spa town of Cheltenham you may well be tempted to explore the local area and some of its 'treasures' before finding somewhere to eat near the hotel.
Stay overnight at The Cheltenham Townhouse or similar

Day 2: Cheltenham to Winchcombe (8.75mi/14km)

Starting from the classical Pump Room, the route crosses Cleeve Hill - the highest point of the Cotswolds - to Belas Knap long barrow and descends to Sudeley Castle and the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe, with its fine 'wool church'.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The White Hart Inn or similar

Day 3: Winchcombe to Broadway (9 or 11mi/14.4 or 17.7km)

Follow the pilgrims' route to Hailes Abbey, then over the hills to Jacobean Stanway House and on to idyllic Stanton, before reaching the old coaching village of Broadway for your overnight.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at the Hadley House Bed & Breakfast or similar

Day 4: Broadway to Chipping Campden (6mi/9.5km)

A half day's walking over the hills via Broadway Tower with its magnificent views to Chipping Campden. In the afternoon, explore this charming town with its silversmiths and 'wool church', or visit Dover's Hill, site of the annual 'Cotswold Olympiks', or the beautiful gardens at Kiftsgate or the National Trust gardens at Hidcote; or spend the afternoon at nearby Stratford-on-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Old Bakehouse B&B or similar

Day 5: Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh (7.75mi/12.5km)

Pass through the charming villages of Broad Campden and Blockley and descend to Batsford, where you may visit the arboretum and falconry centre. On certain days of the week both Bourton House gardens and Sezincote House will be open. Finally, a pleasant stroll across meadows to the idyllic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh for your overnight stay.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The White Hart Royal Hotel or similar

Day 6: Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water (12mi/19km)

After crossing the high wolds to Stow-on-the-Wold, complete with village stocks and picturesque square, the Cotswold Ring then passes through Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water, prettily located on the River Windrush, with its many attractions.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Lansdowne Guest House or similar

Day 7: Bourton-on-the-Water to Cheltenham (17.5mi/28km)

The Ring follows the pretty River Windrush through the delightful villages of Naunton and Guiting Power. Finally, a dramatic descent from the high wolds, through the meadows of the Cotswold escarpment, to journey's end in Cheltenham.
Breakfast included
Stay overnight at The Cheltenham Townhouse or similar

Day 8: Depart after breakfast


Breakfast included

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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The Cheltenham Townhouse, Cheltenham

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With stylish décor, The Cheltenham Townhouse offers free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception and is within half a mile walk of theatres, shops and galleries. Bright, airy guest rooms in this Regency town house all have a flat-screen TV, CD/DVD player and a private bathroom. Served in the house, full English breakfasts are made with fresh local ingredients, with a buffet selection also available. The owners can recommend restaurants for evening meals in the town centre. All guests over 16 years of age have complimentary access to Fitness First Platinum Leisure Club, which offers an indoor swimming pool, well-equipped fitness centre and is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used


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The White Hart Inn, Winchcombe

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Set in Winchcombe, just over half a mile from Sudeley Castle, The White Hart Inn offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout. The inn features eight ensuite bedrooms (Classic or Superior) as well as a family room made up of three 'rambler' rooms with shared facilities. All guest rooms come with a flat screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities. Full English Breakfast is included daily.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used


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Hadley House Bed & Breakfast, Broadway

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Linda and Duncan at the Hadley House Bed & Breakfast offer a warm and friendly welcome. The B&B is located in the heart of Broadway village and rooms, with traditional decor, consist of a double room and a suite, with a sitting room and views over the pretty front garden, on the ground floor. The remaining double rooms are upstairs with views over the surrounding hills and Broadway Tower. All rooms are ensuite and have flat screen LED TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. A full English breakfast and buffet items are served in the beautiful dining room that adjoins a conservatory and patio overlooking the rear garden.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used


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The Old Bakehouse B&B, Chipping Campden

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The Gabb family offer a warm and friendly welcome at The Old Bakehouse B&B. Thought to be one of the oldest houses in Chipping Campden and dating back over 600 years The Old Bakehouse has been in the family for over 95 years. Conveniently located in the centre of Chipping Campden this comfortable B&B offers a twin room and a king double room, both ensuite, with hairdryer, flat screen TV, free WI-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities. The property is within easy reach of all that Chipping Campden has to offer. A locally sourced full English breakfast is served in the cosy dining room, overlooking the garden.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used


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The White Hart Royal Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh

Set in a 17th-century former coaching inn, the White Hart Royal Hotel is located in Moreton-in-Marsh’s historic town centre and boasts regal connections as King Charles I took shelter here during the English Civil War. A four-poster bed, private garden, spacious wet room and a roll-top bath feature in some of the individually designed bedrooms. Flagstone floors and an original inglenook fireplace are in the traditional Snug Bar and guests can also make use of the hotel’s two period lounges. Fresh, local ingredients are served on the traditional British menu in the Courtyard Restaurant.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used


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The Lansdowne Guest House, Bourton-on-the-Water

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The Lansdowne Guest House offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water and just 200m from the centre of the village. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout and free private parking is available on site. Each room has a flat-screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities and light refreshments. The 14 bedrooms are stylishly decorated and come with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The hosts serve an award winning English breakfast as well as a selection of pastries, cereals, muesli and fresh fruit. N.B. - there are three steep steps to the front of property which has a handrail.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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The Oxford Coach & Horses B&B, Oxford

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The Oxford Coach & Horses is built on the site of an old coaching inn dating from the 18th century and is located within 10 minutes walk from the city centre. This delightful, refurbished coaching inn offers a pleasant retreat and an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle nearby and yet far enough away from it all. Said to be the last coaching inn in Oxford before the road to London was put in, the Oxford Coach & Horses is a family-owned business with eight bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, a flat screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, a safe and plenty of storage space. There is also tea & coffee making facilities. The property is small enough to provide a friendly welcome with the advantage of having up-to-date facilities to make your visit relaxed and comfortable. The B&B is just around the corner from a vast range of international cuisine in the St Clements and Cowley Road area.


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The Kennard, Bath

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The Kennard is located on a quiet residential street in easy walking distance from some of the best restaurants and shopping areas of Bath, as well as close to Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge, Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery. This boutique Guest House offers 12 refurbished and individually decorated bedrooms over five floors, with views either over the garden and city, or out over the street below. There is free Wi-Fi, a small sitting area and an honesty bar at the property and full English breakfast (or continental buffet) is included.


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The Cheltenham Townhouse, Cheltenham

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With stylish décor, The Cheltenham Townhouse offers free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception and is within half a mile walk of theatres, shops and galleries. Bright, airy guest rooms in this Regency town house all have a flat-screen TV, CD/DVD player and a private bathroom. Served in the house, full English breakfasts are made with fresh local ingredients, with a buffet selection also available. The owners can recommend restaurants for evening meals in the town centre. All guests over 16 years of age have complimentary access to Fitness First Platinum Leisure Club, which offers an indoor swimming pool, well-equipped fitness centre and is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used

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This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels

Breakfast daily

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels

Route directions and maps


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Daily from 1st Mar 2020 to 29th Nov 2020, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
Breakfast daily

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

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