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England Cotswolds Walking & Hiking

A Charming Village-to-Village Route

 

On this delightful hiking trip, discover dreamy English countryside - rolling hills, hedgerow-lined fields, and postcard-pretty hamlets. Hike from village to village, taking detours to visit iconic sites. Indulge in some Shakespeare with a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, take in England's grand history with a visit to the World Heritage Site of Blenheim Palace, and explore the beautiful town of Cirencester with its strong Roman influence. Other highlights include a prehistoric white horse carved into a hillside, Neolithic tombs, and sampling pints of the finest bitter - together making the perfect English hiking trip.

  • 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

  • Stay in welcoming country inns, offering character-filled accommodation and great meals

Arrive:

Oxford, England

Depart:

Oxford, England

Price: from $5,495

Duration:

8 Days

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Group Size:

5-16 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

This is a moderate trip, with good walking - about 4-5 hours per day. The elevation gain is not serious, with most days much less than 1000'. The terrain is a mixture of well-worn walking paths, fields, meadows and roads. The paths and fields can be damp, so water-proof walking shoes or boots are recommended.
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  • Explore Blenheim Palace & Burford

    Day 1

    After meeting in Oxford (easily reached by train from London and Heathrow Airport), take a 30-minute transfer to Blenheim Palace, known for its striking Baroque architecture. Enjoy a private tour of the Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, then stretch your legs on a wander through its wonderful garden and extensive landscaped grounds. Then take a 30-minute transfer into the Cotswolds and to the picturesque village of Burford, home for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: The Lamb Inn-Burford, England

    The Lamb Inn 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 individual decor, featuring a collection of stylish fabrics and antique furnishings, and welcome extras like Nespresso machines. Guests love the quirky style and warmth of this charming traditional hotel.

    Transportation: 1-hour private minibus transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Monarch's Way North

    Day 2

    Today, embark on the first hiking adventure in the Cotswolds. Hike from one enchanting village to another on good trails, through pastoral 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 finishing at the equally lovely Stow-on-the-Wold. A short 15 minute transfer leads back to the hotel in Burford.

    Accommodation: The Lamb Inn-Burford, England

    The Lamb Inn 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 individual decor, featuring a collection of stylish fabrics and antique furnishings, and welcome extras like Nespresso machines. Guests love the quirky style and warmth of this charming traditional hotel.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking on rolling & flat terrain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Cotswolds Way

    Day 3

    Today starts with a short transfer to the historic market town of Chipping Campden, the official start of the Cotswolds Way trail. Set off southward toward the village of Broadway, then up Dover's Hill to take in great views across the region. After checking in to the hotel in Broadway, take an afternoon trip to the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon (30 minutes away), renowned as the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare. There may even be time to catch a show before returning to Broadway.

    Accommodation: The Broadway-Broadway, England

    Tucked away in the Worcestershire village of Broadway, the Broadway Hotel is housed inside timbered buildings dating from the 15th century. Its rooms are spacious and comfortable, and come with an en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, and Wi-Fi. The ambience is warm and welcoming, and it is a perfect place to unwind after rambling across the surrounding hills.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking on rolling terrain with 650' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head South Along the Cotswolds Way

    Day 4

    Today continue on the Cotswolds Way, hiking directly from the hotel southwards out of Broadway on rolling terrain. 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, pass through various pretty villages including a ruined abbey and ancient churches before arriving in the Cotswolds town of Winchcombe. A short transfer leads back to the hotel in Broadway, where you spend another night.

    Accommodation: The Broadway-Broadway, England

    Tucked away in the Worcestershire village of Broadway, the Broadway Hotel is housed inside timbered buildings dating from the 15th century. Its rooms are spacious and comfortable, and come with an en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, and Wi-Fi. The ambience is warm and welcoming, and it is a perfect place to unwind after rambling across the surrounding hills.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/9 miles hiking with 1150' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from the Hamlet of Painswick to the Town of Stroud

    Day 5

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

    Accommodation: Bear of Rodborough-Stroud, England

    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. A perfect retreat after a hike in the Cotswolds, it showcases comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. Sink into a cozy armchair in the Bear Bar or visit the hotel's award-winning Library Restaurant.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7 miles hiking with 980' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour private minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head from Stroud to the Market Town of Dursley

    Day 6

    Continue on the Cotswolds Way, hiking from Stroud to the nearby town of Dursley. The route continues into Penn Wood, and onto Coaley Peak, which features stellar views over the Cotswolds and west towards Wales. Climb the little summit of Cam Long Down, and down into the market town of Durlsey, then transfer east to nearby Bibury. Tonight's hotel is located just yards from Arlington Row, a row of 17th-century weavers' cottages often said to be the prettiest street in England. Enjoy a stroll around before dinner.

    Accommodation: The Swan Hotel-Bibury, England

    Located on the enchanting banks of the Coln River in the idyllic village of Bibury, this former coaching inn is the ultimate haven for a peaceful escape. The 22 spacious, country-style rooms feature antique furnishings and contemporary fabrics and wallpapers. It's a delightful place to end a walk in the Cotswolds.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 980' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Whitehorse Hill & Cirencester

    Day 7

    The final hike of the trip explores the ancient chalk downs of Oxfordshire following ancient trails known as ridgeways. Pass a Neolithic long barrow and chamber tomb site before reaching the end point, the site of Uffington Castle and the famous 'White Horse,' a 360-ft-long prehistoric hillside sculpture that's more than 3,000 years old. Leaving the horse behind, transfer into nearby Cirencester, a historic town of Roman origin, known as the capital of the Cotswolds. Spend the afternoon exploring it and transfer back to Bibury for a final farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: The Swan Hotel-Bibury, England

    Located on the enchanting banks of the Coln River in the idyllic village of Bibury, this former coaching inn is the ultimate haven for a peaceful escape. The 22 spacious, country-style rooms feature antique furnishings and contemporary fabrics and wallpapers. It's a delightful place to end a walk in the Cotswolds.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/7 miles hiking with 490' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Oxford

    Day 8

    After breakfast, transfer back to Oxford where the trip concludes.

    Transportation: 45-minute private minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

England Cotswolds Walking & Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek works only with expert local guides who take hikers deep into the heart of the English countryside and foster camaraderie at quaint inns.

Reason #02

This custom designed journey for MT Sobek features a visit to one of England's most famous towns, Stratford-upon-Avon, the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Reason #03

Trekkers take in the prehistoric 'White Horse,' a 360-ft-long and 3,000-year-old hillside sculpture, the oldest such site in Britain.

Meet your guides

Pete Long

Pete Long

Pete has spent most of his life hillwalking and trekking around the globe. He has trekked in Nepal, Bolivia, Patagonia and Europe but loves hillwalking in his home country, particularly the Lake District. He's also gained many bushcraft skills on his travels and now utilizes his greatest interest and skills together in guiding others in the outdoors. Meet Pete on one of MT Sobek's incredible adventures in England.

Activities

Easy to moderate hikes through the pretty pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds, paired with guided tours of historic sites and medieval market towns.

Lodging

Quintessential English inns and charming hotels in ancient buildings, featuring period details, modern amenities, and a welcoming ambience.

Climate

Mornings are cool and misty, while afternoons are clear and warm. Rain is common, but you can expect sunshine, too. Summer months can be quite warm.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

You will need to travel to the trip's starting point on your own. We will meet you in Oxford at 12pm on Day 1 to gather before boarding our vehicle to start the trip.

Can I wear hiking shoes or cross-trainers, or do I need hiking boots?

You can wear hiking shoes, but cross-trainers will probably get wet. The best footwear for this trip are water-proof walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots.

Can I skip a day of hiking on this trip?

Yes. If we are staying in the same hotel, you may simply relax at the hotel and explore the nearby villages. When we are changing hotels, you would ride with our guide in the minibus.

Will I have access to the support vehicle throughout the day?

Although we do have a support vehicle throughout the day, it is not always quickly accessible to the walkers.

What happens if it starts to rain?

We highly recommend that guests pack their rain gear in their day packs each day. There will be several opportunities to access the vehicle during each day.

Where do we eat lunch on this trip?

On this trip, lunches are either a great picnic lunch on the trail, prepared by your guides, or in a cozy pub along the way. All lunches are included on this trip.

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Additional costs

  • $1,000 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Departure day group transfer to Oxford

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers to and from Oxford
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

Scheduled Dates

    Additional costs

    • $1,000 Single Supplement

    Price Includes

    • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
    • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
    • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
    • Potable water and snacks throughout
    • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
    • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
    • Departure day group transfer to Oxford

    Price does not include

    • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
    • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
    • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
    • Airport transfers to and from Oxford
    • Optional travel protection

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    Additional costs

    • $1,000 Single Supplement

    Price Includes

    • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
    • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
    • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
    • Potable water and snacks throughout
    • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
    • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
    • Departure day group transfer to Oxford

    Price does not include

    • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
    • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
    • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
    • Airport transfers to and from Oxford
    • Optional travel protection

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