The Classic Cotswolds

Self-guided walking holiday in England

From £ 235.- / 4 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • Walking a trail
  • Luggage transport included
  • Multiple accommodations
  • Self-guided walking holiday
  • Two people walking through the Cotswold countryside with wide open green views
  • A picturesque Cotswold village
  • Traditional Cotswold cottages

During this Classic Cotswolds self-guided walking holiday you will see some of the most picturesque villages and scenery the Cotswolds countryside has to offer.

Passing through a landscape of rich and lush farmland with sheep grazing flowery grasslands as they have done for centuries, you will discover ancient market towns, pretty sleepy villages, country mansions, Neolithic and Iron Age archaeological sites. In the villages you will have the opportunity to explore their narrow streets and ancient churches and partake of the hospitality of village inns.

Your luggage will be transported ahead of you to your next accommodation every day.

Accommodation in the Cotswolds

For the Cotswolds walking holidays, the holiday provider works with a number of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs along the route that have been carefully selected for their high quality (AA or Quality in Tourism approved) and unique character. Every effort has also been made to choose the best establishments serving good quality freshly prepared food. The pictures below show examples of accommodation used for this self-guided walking holiday.

A traditional English country Inn in the Cotswolds bedroom breakfast room

Breakfast is included in this walking holiday. The holiday provider also knows the best places along the route for delicious pub lunches and evening meals (not included).

Walking in the Cotswolds

Country mansion in the Cotswolds Bus stop in Adlestrop in the Cotswolds

The walking grade of this self-guided walking holiday to the Cotswolds is moderate, with a more challenging option also available on day 3. The maximum number of miles walked is 9 (12 for the more challenging option), the minimum 5 miles.

Classic Cotswold walking holiday itinerary

Rolling green Cotswolds countryside Traditional English architecture of country mansions in England

This walking holiday is flexible, and can be made shorter or longer by adding more walking days. It could also start from Chipping Campden rather than Moreton-in-Marsh. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.

Day 1 - Arrival in Moreton-in-Marsh and settling in your accommodation.

Day 2 - Walk from Moreton-in-Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold (9 moderate miles). There is a gentle climb from Moreton to Stow-on-the-Wold (the highest town in the Cotswolds) for the first night, passing by country mansions and through sleepy villages. Located at the junction of six roads Stow is an important and natural meeting place. The market square is also a reminder of Stow-on-the-Wold's heritage as the major sheep market in the Cotswolds. In the 17th century, the writer Daniel Defoe recorded that 20,000 sheep were sold in a single day.

Day 3 - Walk from Stow to Bourton-on-the-Water via the Windrush Valley (5 moderate or 12 miles strenuous). The route takes the low road to Bourton-on-the-Water through the sleepy Slaughters and the peace of the upper Windrush Valley, where Cotswold sheep continue to graze the wild flower rich pastures as they have done for centuries. Bourton-on-the-Water known as 'Venice of the Cotswolds' embraced tourism in a big way following the decline in the wool trade and now hosts some of the major attractions in the Cotswolds.

Day 4 - Walk from Bourton-on-the-Water to Kingham (9 moderate to strenuous miles) to pick up the train home or to Moreton-in-Marsh to pick up the car. You'll walk through Salmondsbury, a Neolithic and Iron Age archaeological site next to the River Dikler. Then over the ridge from Gloucestershire to Oxfordshire for a walk through prosperous villages in rich farmland to Kingham and your journey home.

Dates and availability

Wide views over arable fields with a yellow rapeseed crop An ancient parish church in the Cotswolds

The Classic Cotswolds self-guided walking holiday can start on any date, subject to availability. A single person supplement from £20/night will apply to the standard price. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.

The classic Cotswolds - self-guided walking holiday in England

Holiday type

Trail icon Multiple accommodations Self-guided walking holiday
Self-guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


From £ 235.- / 4 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • Luggage transport included


3 nights Accommodation, Breakfast, 3 self-guided walking, maps, self-guiding details of the route and the accommodation, booklets describing the history and nature of the countryside walked through, luggage transfer.

Not included

All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

Walking holiday reference


Walking grade

Walking holiday in hills only
  • Hills
  • Easy walking

Best time of the year

March - June
September - November

Walking Holiday by:

Walk the Landscape

Anne Martis

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