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New! A Walk in the Cotswolds

Trip Length 8 days

From $4,795

  • Hike through postcard-perfect English countryside, passing through villages such as Chipping Camden, Stow-in-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace and the historic Roman town of Cirencester as you explore this beautiful region of England, located just west of London
  • Stay in welcoming country inns, offering character-filled accommodation with a warm welcome and great meals providing the perfect end to each day

Join Kevin and Diann Callaghan in the CotswoldsThis charming hiking trip takes you through the English countryside of your dreams—rolling green hills, fields lined by hedgerows and postcard-pretty villages. You’ll hike from village to village but also take a few detours to visit some icons of this region. A trip to Stratford-upon-Avon allows us to indulge in some Shakespeare, a visit to the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace gives us insight to England’s grand history, while an afternoon spent in Cirencester allows us to explore a beautiful town with a strong Roman influence. Throw in a prehistoric white horse carved into a hillside, some neolithic tombs and a few pints of finest bitter and it’s the perfect English hiking trip!

Day 1: Explore Blenheim Palace and Burford

After meeting in Oxford (which is easily reached by train from London), a 30-minute transfer takes us to the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace. With its striking Baroque architecture, the Palace has a fascinating history including being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. We’ll enjoy a private tour of the Palace and then stretch our legs on a wander through its wonderful formal garden and extensive landscaped grounds. Another 30-minute transfer then takes us into the Cotswolds and to the picturesque village of Burford, our base for the next two nights.

(Easy walking around palace grounds)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Lamb Inn

Day 2: The Monarch's Way: North

Today we’ll have our first real experience of hiking in the Cotswolds and what a delightful day it will be! We’ll hike from one charming village to another, across classical green countryside. Highlights include the hamlets of Bourton-on-the-Water (known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’), and Lower Slaughter (much nicer than its name suggests) before we finish at the equally lovely Stow-on-the-Wold. A short transfer of 15 minutes takes us back to our hotel in Burford.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Hiking distance: 6 miles on rolling and flat terrain, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Lamb Inn

Day 3: Hiking the Cotswolds Way

The Cotswolds Way runs for 102 miles along the Cotswold escarpment. We’ll be enjoying the best sections on this trip. A short transfer of 30 minutes takes us to the historic market town of Chipping Campden, which is where the trail officially starts. We’ll set off hiking southwards from here towards the village of Broadway. The route takes us up Dover’s Hill, offering great views across the region. We then cross green fields, passing Broadway Tower, before descending into Broadway itself, which has strong links to the Arts & Crafts movement. After checking into the hotel, we take an afternoon trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, just 30 minutes away. It’s a medieval market town, famous as being the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. There may even be time to catch a show before we return to Broadway.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Hiking Distance: 6 miles on rolling terrain with 650ft elevation, good trails)  

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Broadway

Day 4: South Along the Cotswolds Way

We continue on the Cotswolds Way, hiking directly from our hotel, southwards out of Broadway. We climb up to an Iron Age hill fort before descending again to cross fields and some woodland at the bottom of the escarpment. From here, we pass through various pretty villages and past a ruined abbey and ancient churches before arriving in the Cotswolds town of Winchcombe. A short transfer takes us back to our hotel in Broadway. 

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking Distance: 9 miles on rolling terrain with 1150ft elevation, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Broadway

Day 5: The Southern Cotswolds Way: Painswick to Stroud

A one-hour transfer takes us into the central Cotswolds. We start hiking just north of the hamlet of Painswick, where we climb up to Painswick Beacon. Situated over 900 feet up on the escarpment, it commands a fine vantage point for us to survey our new surroundings. Our hike then takes us past an Iron Age fort before descending into woodlands which, in early summer, are filled with bluebells and wood anemone. Leaving the woods, we descend into the Stroud valley and into the centre of Stroud, a town known for its independent shops, cafés and galleries.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking distance: 7 miles on rolling terrain with 980ft elevation, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bear of Rodborough

Day 6: The Southern Cotswolds Way: Stroud to Dursley

We continue on the Cotswolds Way, hiking from Stroud to the nearby town of Dursley. The route takes us up into the Penn Wood, which we hike through before emerging onto Coaley Peak, which offers wonderful views back over the Cotswolds as well as west towards Wales. Another woodland trail emerges into a valley but a further short climb lies ahead, taking us to the little summit of Cam Long Down. From here, a simple descent leads us into the market town of Durlsey. We then transfer east to nearby Bibury where we overnight. Our hotel is located just yards from Arlington Row, often said to be the prettiest street in England. This row of weavers cottages were created in the 17th century but the original buildings date back to around 1380. We’ll have time to stroll around the village before gathering for dinner.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking Distance: 7½ miles on rolling terrain with 980ft elevation, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Swan Hotel

Day 7: Whitehorse Hill and Cirencester

Our final hike of the trip explores the ancient chalk downs of Oxfordshire following ancient trails known as a ridgeway. Towards the end, we pass a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site, before we reach our end point, the site of Uffington Castle and the famous ‘White Horse.’ This 360-foot long prehistoric hillside sculpture is more than 3,000 years old, making it by far the oldest such site in Britain. Leaving the horse behind, we transfer into nearby Cirencester. Known as the capital of the Cotswolds, this historic town has strong Roman influence and we’ll spend the afternoon exploring it. Afterwards, we transfer back to Bibury for a final night dinner. 

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Hiking distance: 7 miles with 490ft elevation, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Swan Hotel

Day 8: Return to Oxford

After breakfast, we transfer 45 minutes back into Oxford for the end of the trip.

  • Breakfast

Jun 22 - 29, 2018 * Special departure with Kevin & Diann Callaghan

Oct 05 - 12, 2018

pricing

$4,795 (4-16 members)

$1,000 for requested single supplement

* $5,795 Special Departure with MTS President Emeritus, Kevin Callaghan.

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Bear of Rodborough — Stroud

The Bear of Rodborough Hotel, originally built as an ale house in the 17th century, is nestled amongst the rambling hills of beautiful National Trust land and full of traditional character. It makes the perfect retreat after a hike in the Cotswolds and its comfortable rooms, with bath and shower, offer a home away from home. Sink into a cosy armchair in the Bear Bar or visit the hotel's award-winning Library Restaurant.

The Broadway — Broadway

Tucked away in the Worcestershire village of Broadway, you'll find the Broadway Hotel with its timbered buildings dating from the 15th century! Its rooms are spacious and comfortable, and come with bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, and Wi-Fi. The ambience is warm and welcoming, and it is a perfect place to finish up the day after rambling across the surrounding hills.

The Lamb Inn — Burford

The Lamb is a quintessential English inn with modern day comforts, located on a quiet street in the historic market town of Burford. The 17 en-suite bedrooms have been individually designed with a beautiful collection of stylish fabrics and antique furnishings, and come with welcome extras like your own Nespresso machine. Guests love the quirky style and warmth of this charming traditional hotel.

The Swan Hotel — Bibury

Located on the enchanting banks of the River Coln in the village of Bibury, this former Cotswold coaching inn is the ultimate haven for a peaceful escape. The Swan Hotel's 4-star accommodation includes 22 spacious country-style bedrooms, enriched by a collection of sumptuous antique furnishings and contemporary fabrics and wallpapers. Overall, a delightful place to end your Walk in the Cotswolds.

  • Hike through postcard-perfect English countryside, passing through villages such as Chipping Camden, Stow-in-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace and the historic Roman town of Cirencester as you explore this beautiful region of England, located just west of London
  • Stay in welcoming country inns, offering character-filled accommodation with a warm welcome and great meals providing the perfect end to each day

Join Kevin and Diann Callaghan in the CotswoldsThis charming hiking trip takes you through the English countryside of your dreams—rolling green hills, fields lined by hedgerows and postcard-pretty villages. You’ll hike from village to village but also take a few detours to visit some icons of this region. A trip to Stratford-upon-Avon allows us to indulge in some Shakespeare, a visit to the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace gives us insight to England’s grand history, while an afternoon spent in Cirencester allows us to explore a beautiful town with a strong Roman influence. Throw in a prehistoric white horse carved into a hillside, some neolithic tombs and a few pints of finest bitter and it’s the perfect English hiking trip!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Explore Blenheim Palace and Burford

After meeting in Oxford (which is easily reached by train from London), a 30-minute transfer takes us to the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace. With its striking Baroque architecture, the Palace has a fascinating history including being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. We’ll enjoy a private tour of the Palace and then stretch our legs on a wander through its wonderful formal garden and extensive landscaped grounds. Another 30-minute transfer then takes us into the Cotswolds and to the picturesque village of Burford, our base for the next two nights.

(Easy walking around palace grounds)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Lamb Inn

Day 2: The Monarch's Way: North

Today we’ll have our first real experience of hiking in the Cotswolds and what a delightful day it will be! We’ll hike from one charming village to another, across classical green countryside. Highlights include the hamlets of Bourton-on-the-Water (known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’), and Lower Slaughter (much nicer than its name suggests) before we finish at the equally lovely Stow-on-the-Wold. A short transfer of 15 minutes takes us back to our hotel in Burford.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Hiking distance: 6 miles on rolling and flat terrain, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Lamb Inn

Day 3: Hiking the Cotswolds Way

The Cotswolds Way runs for 102 miles along the Cotswold escarpment. We’ll be enjoying the best sections on this trip. A short transfer of 30 minutes takes us to the historic market town of Chipping Campden, which is where the trail officially starts. We’ll set off hiking southwards from here towards the village of Broadway. The route takes us up Dover’s Hill, offering great views across the region. We then cross green fields, passing Broadway Tower, before descending into Broadway itself, which has strong links to the Arts & Crafts movement. After checking into the hotel, we take an afternoon trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, just 30 minutes away. It’s a medieval market town, famous as being the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. There may even be time to catch a show before we return to Broadway.

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Hiking Distance: 6 miles on rolling terrain with 650ft elevation, good trails)  

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Broadway

Day 4: South Along the Cotswolds Way

We continue on the Cotswolds Way, hiking directly from our hotel, southwards out of Broadway. We climb up to an Iron Age hill fort before descending again to cross fields and some woodland at the bottom of the escarpment. From here, we pass through various pretty villages and past a ruined abbey and ancient churches before arriving in the Cotswolds town of Winchcombe. A short transfer takes us back to our hotel in Broadway. 

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking Distance: 9 miles on rolling terrain with 1150ft elevation, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Broadway

Day 5: The Southern Cotswolds Way: Painswick to Stroud

A one-hour transfer takes us into the central Cotswolds. We start hiking just north of the hamlet of Painswick, where we climb up to Painswick Beacon. Situated over 900 feet up on the escarpment, it commands a fine vantage point for us to survey our new surroundings. Our hike then takes us past an Iron Age fort before descending into woodlands which, in early summer, are filled with bluebells and wood anemone. Leaving the woods, we descend into the Stroud valley and into the centre of Stroud, a town known for its independent shops, cafés and galleries.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking distance: 7 miles on rolling terrain with 980ft elevation, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Bear of Rodborough

Day 6: The Southern Cotswolds Way: Stroud to Dursley

We continue on the Cotswolds Way, hiking from Stroud to the nearby town of Dursley. The route takes us up into the Penn Wood, which we hike through before emerging onto Coaley Peak, which offers wonderful views back over the Cotswolds as well as west towards Wales. Another woodland trail emerges into a valley but a further short climb lies ahead, taking us to the little summit of Cam Long Down. From here, a simple descent leads us into the market town of Durlsey. We then transfer east to nearby Bibury where we overnight. Our hotel is located just yards from Arlington Row, often said to be the prettiest street in England. This row of weavers cottages were created in the 17th century but the original buildings date back to around 1380. We’ll have time to stroll around the village before gathering for dinner.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours; Hiking Distance: 7½ miles on rolling terrain with 980ft elevation, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Swan Hotel

Day 7: Whitehorse Hill and Cirencester

Our final hike of the trip explores the ancient chalk downs of Oxfordshire following ancient trails known as a ridgeway. Towards the end, we pass a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site, before we reach our end point, the site of Uffington Castle and the famous ‘White Horse.’ This 360-foot long prehistoric hillside sculpture is more than 3,000 years old, making it by far the oldest such site in Britain. Leaving the horse behind, we transfer into nearby Cirencester. Known as the capital of the Cotswolds, this historic town has strong Roman influence and we’ll spend the afternoon exploring it. Afterwards, we transfer back to Bibury for a final night dinner. 

(Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours; Hiking distance: 7 miles with 490ft elevation, good trails)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Swan Hotel

Day 8: Return to Oxford

After breakfast, we transfer 45 minutes back into Oxford for the end of the trip.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Bear of Rodborough — Stroud

The Bear of Rodborough Hotel, originally built as an ale house in the 17th century, is nestled amongst the rambling hills of beautiful National Trust land and full of traditional character. It makes the perfect retreat after a hike in the Cotswolds and its comfortable rooms, with bath and shower, offer a home away from home. Sink into a cosy armchair in the Bear Bar or visit the hotel's award-winning Library Restaurant.

The Broadway — Broadway

Tucked away in the Worcestershire village of Broadway, you'll find the Broadway Hotel with its timbered buildings dating from the 15th century! Its rooms are spacious and comfortable, and come with bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, and Wi-Fi. The ambience is warm and welcoming, and it is a perfect place to finish up the day after rambling across the surrounding hills.

The Lamb Inn — Burford

The Lamb is a quintessential English inn with modern day comforts, located on a quiet street in the historic market town of Burford. The 17 en-suite bedrooms have been individually designed with a beautiful collection of stylish fabrics and antique furnishings, and come with welcome extras like your own Nespresso machine. Guests love the quirky style and warmth of this charming traditional hotel.

The Swan Hotel — Bibury

Located on the enchanting banks of the River Coln in the village of Bibury, this former Cotswold coaching inn is the ultimate haven for a peaceful escape. The Swan Hotel's 4-star accommodation includes 22 spacious country-style bedrooms, enriched by a collection of sumptuous antique furnishings and contemporary fabrics and wallpapers. Overall, a delightful place to end your Walk in the Cotswolds.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 22 - 29, 2018 * Special departure with Kevin & Diann Callaghan

Oct 05 - 12, 2018

pricing

$4,795 (4-16 members)

$1,000 for requested single supplement

* $5,795 Special Departure with MTS President Emeritus, Kevin Callaghan.

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 8 days

From $4,795

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