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England Cotswolds Village to Village Walking Tour

A Picturesque Walk Through the English Countryside


On this delightful Cotswolds walking tour, discover dreamy English countryside - rolling hills, hedgerow-lined fields, and postcard-pretty hamlets. Follow paths from village to village, taking detours to visit iconic sites. Explore the birthplace of Shakespeare with a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, take in England's grand history at Sudeley Castle, and explore the beautiful town of Cirencester with its strong Roman influence. See story-book thatched cottages and Neolithic tombs, wander beside gently meandering rivers, and enjoy a scenic steam train ride. Enjoy the wonders of the Cotswolds Way!

8 Days

From: $5,795

On this delightful Cotswolds walking tour, discover dreamy English countryside - rolling hills, hedgerow-lined fields, and postcard-pretty hamlets. Follow paths from village to village, taking detours to visit iconic sites. Explore the birthplace of Shakespeare with a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, take in England's grand history at Sudeley Castle, and explore the beautiful town of Cirencester with its strong Roman influence. See story-book thatched cottages and Neolithic tombs, wander beside gently meandering rivers, and enjoy a scenic steam train ride. Enjoy the wonders of the Cotswolds Way!

Hear from Jeremy Martin one of our expert guides on the Cotswolds Village to Village Walking tour! Join us in 2024 and discover the enchanting beauty of the English countryside on this charming adventure.

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Highlights


  • Discover the postcard-perfect villages of Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Bibury
  • Visit the enchanting Sudeley Castle and the historic Roman town of Cirencester
  • Stay at welcoming country inns, offering character-filled accommodation and delicious local meals

England Cotswolds Walking & Hiking Tour

Start: Oxford, England  End: Oxford, England

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • A Classic Walk to Burford

    Day 1

    Meeting in Oxford (which is easily reached by train from London), a 45 minute transfer takes you to the tiny village of Swinbrook. Starting from the cricket green, a short leg-stretching walk takes you to Asthall, where you enjoy a traditional Cotswolds pub lunch in a local inn. Afterwards, walk alongside the Windrush River to the tiny St Oswald's Church, which dates back to the 11th century. Continue alongside the river all the way into Burford, ending directly at your hotel and base for the next 2 nights.

    Accommodation: The Lamb Inn-Burford, England

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

    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

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Cotswold Way

    Day 3

    Today starts with a short transfer to the historic market town of Chipping Campden, the official start of the Cotswold 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.

    Accommodation: The Broadway-Broadway, England

    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 Cotswold Way

    Day 4

    Today continue on the Cotswold Way, hiking directly from the hotel southwards out of Broadway on rolling terrain. Climb up to the site of 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 finishing at the ruins of Hailes Abbey, founded in 1246 by the Earl of Cornwall. A short transfer takes you a little further south to Sudeley Castle, which boasts strong royal connections through its 1,000 year history. Tour the grounds before transferring back to your hotel in Broadway.

    Accommodation: The Broadway-Broadway, England

    Activity: 4-5 hours/8 miles hiking with 1150' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • The Highest Point of the Cotswold Way

    Day 5

    After a short transfer back to Hailes Abbey, rejoin the Cotswold Way and hike south to Cleeve Hill which, at 1,040 feet, is the highest point in the Cotswolds. From the summit, take in breathtaking views of Cheltenham and the surrounding area. Follow a broad ridge which gradually descends to the end point, Gotherington Railway Station. From here, jump on a steam train back to Broadway and your final night in the village.

    Accommodation: The Broadway-Broadway, England

    Activity: 4-5 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,100' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour private minibus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Chedworth Roman Villa To Bibury

    Day 6

    Transfer 45 minutes south to the ruins of Chedworth, one of the grandest Roman villas of its time. After exploring the beautiful ruins, enjoy a relaxed hike, following the banks of the River Coln all the way to the next hotel, in the charming village of Bibury, passing through woodland and through small villages on the way. Your 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. Stroll around the village before gathering for dinner.

    Accommodation: The Swan Hotel-Bibury, England

    Activity: 3-4 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 325' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • River Coln Hike & Cirencester

    Day 7

    A brief transfer takes you to Pitham Copse and the trailhead. Enjoy a relaxed hike along the banks of the scenic River Coln, passing through the villages of Quenington and Coln St Aldwyns, before arriving back in Bibury. Freshen up and enjoy a pub lunch before transferring into nearby Cirencester. Known as the capital of the Cotswolds, this historic town has strong Roman influence and you'll spend the afternoon exploring it. Afterwards, transfer back to Bibury for a final night dinner.

    Accommodation: The Swan Hotel-Bibury, England

    Activity: 2-3 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 165' 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

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been leading guests on spectacular routes through Europe for over 50 years and this well-paced walking journey takes hikers deep into the heart of the English countryside.

  • In 8 days you will enjoy a memorable tour along the Cotswolds Way, featuring beautiful age-old villages, quaint inns, medieval pubs, ancient churches, and Neolithic and Roman ruins.

  • Local expert guides lead you from village to village, along spectacular rural paths, giving deep insights into the history of the region and fostering camaraderie along the way.

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
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Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 18.

Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

4 guests from $7,495 per person double occupancy

5 to 6 guests from $6,695 per person double occupancy

7 to 8 guests from $6,195 per person double occupancy

9 guests from $5,995 per person double occupancy

2025 Pricing

4 guests from $7,495 per person double occupancy

5 to 6 guests from $6,695 per person double occupancy

7 to 8 guests from $6,195 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary (excludes dinner on Day 4)
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine with welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Jeremy M.

Jeremy M.

Jeremy is a top MT Sobek guide, who loves exploring wild places the world over! As well as guiding in his home country of New Zealand for over 15 years, Jeremy leads intrepid adventures in England, Scotland, and Ireland. He has a special passion for summer walks in England, leading England Coast to Coast Hiking and Village to Village Hiking in the Cotswolds. When he's not guiding for MT Sobek, Jeremy enjoys examining maps, planning adventures, and working with school groups near his home in Herefordshire, England.

Jamie P.

Jamie P.

Jamie is a MT Sobek guide who has taken his passion for the outdoors all over the world! Guiding across open seas and high peaks he leads kayaking, climbing, and hiking in a range of environments. Growing up with the Peak district on his doorstep has shaped a special connection to the countryside especially within Northern England. When he’s not guiding for MT Sobek he’s on his own adventures and could be anywhere.

Ben W.

Ben W.

Ben makes his home in England’s beautiful Lake District, having spent much of his life traveling and leading groups in the wild and remote corners of the world. He has lived in Thailand and Borneo, has led trips throughout Southeast Asia, and now works as a full-time trekking leader. Ben typically spends his autumns in Nepal, his winters in Morocco, and his summers leading MT Sobek treks in the UK.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 2. This is a moderate trip, with good walking - about 2-5 hours per day. The elevation gain is not serious (maximum 1,500'), with most days 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.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

3 hours/6 miles hiking on rolling & flat terrain

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

4-5 hours/8 miles hiking with 1150' elevation gain

Day 5

4-5 hours/10 miles hiking with 1,100' elevation gain

Day 6

3-4 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 325' elevation gain

Day 7

2-3 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 165' elevation gain

Accommodations


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

The Lamb Inn-Burford, England
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.

The Broadway-Broadway, England
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.

The Swan Hotel-Bibury, England
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.

Weather


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.

 
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Know Before You Book


Accommodations
This itinerary stays in small country villages, sleeping in centuries-old inns. Most of our guests find the experience of sleeping in historic English inns to be a charming and authentic part of this trip. However, be advised that guestrooms and en-suite bathrooms are quite small.

FAQs


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 10am 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.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.
What is the best time to hike in the Cotswolds?
The best time to hike in the Cotswolds is during late spring (May to June) or early autumn (September to October) when the weather is mild, and the countryside is adorned with vibrant flora and foliage. Mountain Travel Sobek's Cotswolds trips run May, June, July and September.
What is the prettiest part of the Cotswold Way?
Many consider the prettiest part of the Cotswold Way to be the section around Broadway, renowned for its charming honey-colored cottages, scenic views, and the iconic Broadway Tower. You will spend 3 nights in Broadway on this trip! It's a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds.
How long does it take to walk the Cotswolds?
Walking the entire Cotswolds Way typically takes about 7 to 10 days. Our Cotswolds walking adventure is a well-paced 8 days, which in our experience is an ideal amount of time.
What should you wear for hiking the Cotswolds Way?
For hiking the Cotswolds Way, it's recommended to wear comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection, and to carry layers for potential changes in weather.

Guest Reviews


"The Cotswolds are the epitome of England. Historic churches, quaint villages and gorgeous countryside. Add to that the expert guides and it is the perfect trip."

Alison T.
MT Sobek Guest, England Cotswolds Village to Village Walking

"Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."

Bob J.
MT Sobek Guest