THE COTSWOLD WAY

FROM CHIPPING CAMPDEN TO BATH. SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Well-maintained trails, muddy at times.

Availability

From Spring to autumn (April- October)

Highlight

Medieval Wool Towns, Neolithic Burial Barrows, Battle of Lansdowne Site

Price from

1090 EUR

 

Grade

The Cotswold Way is a 164 km trail which crosses areas of outstanding natural beauty with remarkable panoramic views. Most of it runs along the Cotswold Edge escarpment of the Cotswold Hills in England.

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Arrival – The Costwold Way journey starts at Chipping Campden, a small market town with beautiful medieval buildings and historic gardens.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Chipping Campden


Arrival – The Cotswold Way journey starts at Chipping Campden, a small market town with beautiful medieval buildings and historic gardens.

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Stanton (16 km)


The route begins at the Town Hall in the centre of Chipping Campden. The first part of today’s walk marches up a hill out of town. Once on top, you will get your first look at the view which will accompany you most of your way to Bath. An interesting point in today’s walk is Dover Hill. Here, there are Roman remains of ancient farming techniques and is also is the site where 400 years ago the Cotswold Olimpicks were held.

Day 3: Stanton to Cleeve Hill (21 km)


The highlight for today is Stanway House: a country manor house with a beautiful fountain and colourful gardens. About one km after this, you get to the small town of Wood which is then followed by a long uphill accompanied with terrific scenic views over Stanton. This place is also nice for catching your breath and enjoying a picnic. One of the last towns you get to visit today before reaching your destination is Winchcombe, a charming town with a unique ‘Wool Church’.

Day 4: Cleeve Hill to Birdlip (26 km)


Today will start with a challenge of climbing Cleeve Hill. You will be rewarded however with an extraordinary overview of Cheltenham which will accompany you through this part of the day. Before arriving in Birdlip, you will also find Prestbury Hill and the Dowdeswell Reservoir.

Day 5: Birdlip to Painswick (14 km)


One of the touristic spots of today is Cooper’s Hill, the site of the annual Cheese-Rolling and Wake event (held on the Spring Bank Holiday). After this point, you will reach Painswick Beacon from where you’ll get a nice and clear view to the Iron Age Hillfort. At the end of this day, you will find yourself in the middle point of the Cotswold way: Painswick.

Day 6: Painswick to King’s Stanley (14 km)


Painswick is a favourite location for a resting day. However, if you choose to keep on track you will start descending from Painswick to cross the Wash Brook before ascending again onto Edge Common which offers a great view over Painswick. From here, there is a lovely walk through woodlands until you reach Haresfield Beacon, the path then goes around the towns of Stonehouse and Stroud before arriving at King’s Stanley.

Day 7: King’s Stanley to Wotton-under-Edge (24 km)


The Cotswold Way between King’s Stanley and Wotton-under-Edge is one of the more strenuous sections of the trail, however, you will find it is worth the effort once you see the amazing view from Coaley Peak on Frocester Hill. There is also some walking through the woods for today before you descend to Wooton-under-Edge.

Day 8: Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury (21 km)


The journey starts in Valley Road and uphill into the woods. There’s also a good bit of downhill in today’s walk as you approach Wortley. One interesting point to visit once you’ve reached Old Sodbury is the church, which is around 900 years old and still has some of its original features.

Day 9: Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton (14 km)


After yesterday, today will feel like an easy walk with enjoyable parkland landscapes, charming little towns like Tormarton,  and places like Dyrham Park which is a perfect stop for lunch. After lunch, you will continue through Dyrham Woods which will take you down to Cold Ashton, a lovely village with a glorious view.

Day 10: Cold Ashton to Bath (16 km)


As you head south-west downhill through the fields, you will reach Liliput Farm and steadily climb back up again until you reach the location of the civil war battle of Lansdown (fought in 1643) where you will see a sequence of plaques describing the progression of this battle. You will also walk through Weston and climb to reach Summerhill Road for the final descent into Bath from Sion Hill.

Day 11: Bath, end of the walking holiday


After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Bath has a lot to offer: gorgeous architecture, iconic sights and captivating history, so take your time to enjoy this incredible city before your departure.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 10 nights in Guesthouses, 2* & 3* hotels
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays

Access

Getting there

From Dublin
Fly In to Manchester: Aerlingus and Ryanair operate direct flights from Dublin
From Manchester you can then get the train to Edale.

From London
Get the train from London approx. 3hrs

Getting Home

Going Home

To Dublin
Get the train to Leeds
Fly from Leeds Bradford to Dublin. Aerlingus and Ryanair both operate flights on this route.

To London
Get the Northern Rail Train to Leeds then Virgin Trains East Coast to London Kings Cross

Information on trains in the UK and tickets can be purchased on:
https://www.thetrainline.com/

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