Cotswolds self guided walking break, England

“A four day, self guided walking holiday in the Cotswolds with bags transported for you as you walk through classic beauties such as Stow-on-the-Wold. History, rolling hills and walking heaven. ”

Highlights

3 days of walking in the Cotswolds, England | Stow-on-the-Wold | Moreton-in-Marsh | Bourton-on-the-Water | Inn to inn walking| Easy to moderate walking holiday | A walking holiday accessible by train

Description of Cotswolds self guided walking break, England

This Cotswolds walking break is a self-guided trip, where your bags are transported for you as you walk through Cotswold classics such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-on-the-Water, all names that evoke images of old England and itís green and pleasant land. A wonderful setting to enjoy the fresh air and the peace of the countryside, to explore picturesque and historic towns and villages, and above all to get away from it all and simply chill out.

On our Cotswold walking holiday you stay in three different places, as you walk through all of these famous historic towns built from the honey coloured limestone so characteristic of the Cotswolds, together with smaller villages, such as Upper and Lower Slaughter, Naunton and Donnington. You will move from place to place each day, passing over hill, through vale and along the banks of the small rivers Eye and Windrush, with a new hotel or inn to stay in every night and your bags transferred for you. All you have to do is get there, then put your feet up and enjoy locally sourced food in one of the pubs or restaurants.

WALKS:
You will be walking at your own pace for three days through rolling countryside for up to 9 or 12 miles per day along easy to moderate graded paths. There is just one short (0.5 miles / 0.7 km) steep slope on the 3rd walking day taking around 15 minutes to climb.

ACCOMMODATION:
You will be staying in good quality inns (some dating from the 17th century) and guest houses offering bed and breakfast accommodation. All are within a few minutesí walking distance of the town and village centres where pubs, cafes and restaurants offer meals ranging from afternoon teas to fine dining.

TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE COTSWOLDS:
Easily accessible by public transport, Moreton-in-Marsh at the start of the tour and Kingham at the end both have railway stations on the Cotswold line. This line links to Oxford, London, Worcester and then to other stations on the rail network.
Equally convenient by car, we can arrange safe parking in Moreton-in-Marsh and you can take the hourly train from Kingham back to Moreton at the end of the tour to pick up your vehicle.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:
For this self-guided walking tour we provide bed and breakfast accommodation, luggage transfer, walking routes (maps and details), information on the history of landscape and places of interest along the walks, phone support, advice on how to get to and from the holiday, and help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We can of course shorten or lengthen the tour to meet with your schedule.

We also offer guided walking tours with guides who are specially chosen for their expert knowledge of the countryside and its history, where you will learn lots of interesting things about the Cotswold, England and its history. If this is of interest, contact us for more information. We pride ourselves on offering a personal service that meets your schedule and preferences.


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Responsible tourism: Cotswolds self guided walking break, England

Environment

Walking through ĎEnglandís green and pleasant landí is central to our holidays. We research and meticulously plan walks to take in selected sites of historic interest, such as prehistoric barrows, Roman roads and villas, medieval manor houses and stately homes, as well as top pubs and tea shops.

As there is no need for a car, we advise on the best ways of getting to and from the start of the holiday by public transport. Our planning saves you time and effort, and your journey on public transport helps save the planet! There are regular trains to stations along the Cotswold line and through the counties, with bus services or taxis to the small towns and villages, so getting there and back is really quite easy.

For the most part, walking uses our own internal energy, so we utilize little of the ever more precious fossil fuels. We need to refresh and renew of course, and do this through a good nightís sleep after healthy exercise, hearty breakfasts in B&Bs, and lunches and dinners in local inns and restaurants.
We are passionate about the history and natural history of the English countryside, and the Cotswolds and the Heart of England are packed with things to see and places to visit. Our walks pass by some of the best, and we explain the background be it a Neolithic long barrow, Roman Road, Regency Country House, 19th century railway line, wild flower or bird. By learning about their unique value we hope you will also want to protect such features not only on your holiday but also when you get home.

Many of the B&Bs and inns that we use are in properties dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. By supporting them we are helping to maintain for the future, these old buildings that give the area true local character.

We also aim to leave no impact other than our footprint, not even an apple core.

Community

The Cotswolds and the Heart of England have distinct cultural identities maintained by their people and we support communities and activities whenever and wherever we can.

We use the finest of all that is local and over time have got to know excellent B&Bs, inns, tea shops, restaurants and taxi firms throughout the Cotswolds and the Heart of England, with whom we work in partnership. These are trusted places to stay, eat and relax.

We also know where to find delicious ice-cream, tasty cheeses and fine local crafts. We recommend, visit and sample them when passing by. We seek out country pubs with excellent reputations for fine foods and good beer brewed in local breweries. We find traditional tea rooms that sell delicious and irresistible cakes, and when possible visit the farmers markets held monthly in Cotswold towns and villages.

We respect the rich culture of countryside, are enthusiastic about and support its legacy. We publicise markets, fairs and traditional events such as the Cotswold Olimpicks, the Stow Horse Fair, cheese rolling and the medieval football at Bourton-on-the-Water. Not only that, we plan some of our holidays to visit and enjoy the fun and games. For example, the shin kicking competition, bonfire, fireworks and torchlight procession of the Cotswold Olimpicks is an event not to be missed.

Landscape

Enjoying and appreciating the stunning scenery and varied landscapes of the Cotswolds and the Heart of England is fundamental to our company, our raison d'Ítre.

Our passion for the landscape extends to all times of the year, from the bright yellow-greens of the unfurling leaves in spring, to the deep blue summer skies, the vivid autumn colours and crisp white winter frosts.

You can visit Cotswolds and walk along high escarpment with magnificent views to the west over the Severn Valley and beyond, or hike across the high windswept Wold to drop down into honey coloured limestone villages in the valleys to the east.

On our long distance trails, you can walk over the Chiltern hills with their steep dry chalk valleys, brick and flint buildings and extensive beech woodlands. And, by contrast, amble through Oxfordshire with its affluent villages in rich farmland, deep green in early spring turning golden brown in mid-summer as the cereal crops mature.

And last, but definitely not least thereís the Thames valley. You can walk the length of the river from the spring where it starts as a trickle near Cirencester and follow the its route as wends its way across the country, picking up water from its many tributaries, until it turns into the mighty tidal river that flows through our capital.

All this on one of our holidays that are specially planned for you. We offer handpicked places to stay, eat and drink, trusted firms to transport your luggage and well researched walks that display the best of the landscape. With your help we plan, we book and you simply go!

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Playing in the little brook and catching crabs

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Recommended to families with children. Unforgettable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Everything was very local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Perfect

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