Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way National Trail is a 102 mile long distance footpath along the Cotswold escarpment, from the heart of the English Cotswolds to the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath in Somerset. This popular trail takes you through quiet countryside as you follow a ridge with stunning views, past picturesque villages, beautiful churches and country houses. Along the way you can visit many historic sites including the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap, Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, Hailes Abbey and the Abbey and Roman Spa in Bath.

The start of the trail in Chipping Campden is easily accessible from Shakespeare's Stratford Upon Avon. The terminus at Bath is on the railway line from London to Bristol. Regular walkers can complete the footpath in a week. For those with less time to spare, the trail can be divided into two parts, with the mid point being at Stroud in Gloucestershire.

Most people walk from north to south, starting at the High Street in Chipping Campden and finishing at Bath Abbey. Bath is a beautiful city with many historic attractions, restaurants and pubs. A night or two in the city is great way to end your trip.

The walking distances each day will vary depending on the accommodation you choose each night. Large groups may need to use hotels and inns in towns and villages nearby. We can provide transport for the group between the trail and your accommodation.

On all days there are country pubs to stop for lunch although a small diversion from the trail is usually needed. Alternatively the hotels and inns you stay with can provide a packed lunch, which you collect on departure. Our itineraries have overnight stops at good quality hotels and inns.

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Chipping Campden to Bath

Day 1 - Chipping Campden to Toddington - 11 miles / 18 kms
Day 2 - Stanton to Cleeve Hill - 12 miles / 23 kms
Day 3 - Cleeve Hill to Birdlip - 16 miles / 25 kms
Day 4 - Birdlip to Stonehouse - 15 miles / 22 kms
Day 5 - Stonehouse to Wootten under Edge - 15 miles / 22.5 kms
Day 6 - Wootten Under Edge to Tormarton - 15 miles / 21 kms
Day 7 - Tormarton to Bath - 16 miles / 20 kms

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Part 1: Chipping Campden to Stroud

Day 1 - Chipping Campden to Toddington - 11 miles / 19 kms
Day 2 - Stanton to Cleeve Hill - 12 miles / 23 kms
Day 3 - Cleeve Hill to Birdlip - 16 miles / 25 kms
Day 4 - Birdlip to Stroud - 17 miles / 22 kms

Goring and Streatley train station has regular train connections to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington.

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Part 2: Stroud to Bath

Day 1 - Stroud to Wootten under Edge - 17 miles / 22.5 kms
Day 2 - Wootten Under Edge to Tormarton - 15 miles / 21 kms
Day 3 - Tormarton to Bath - 16 miles / 20 kms

From the Beacon there is a 20 minute road walk to Ivinghoe village pub for a celebratory drink or a 3.5 mile walk back along the trail to Tring train station.

The walking distances are within the ability of most regular walkers. However should members of the group decide to skip a day we will provide transport to your next hotel. All our holidays include luggage transfers each day so you can enjoy your walk without having to carry a heavy pack.

Booking accommodation is by far the biggest challenge when organising a walking holiday. We have listed some of the better hotels and inns with links to TripAdvisor where you can read customer reviews and check prices and availability.

If you like an early start, when booking accommodation check the time breakfast is served in the morning. All should be able to provide packed lunches. For those finishing late, check when evening meals end.

For groups of 6 or more people we can help organise your holiday and provide support services during your walk. These include group transport, luggage and group transfers each day, first aid support and an accommodation booking service.

Luggage Transfers

Your bags are collected each morning and moved between hotels and inns leaving you to enjoy each day without having to carry a heavy pack.

Group Transport

With our minibuses and trailers we can transport your group and luggage from your home or airport to the start and back again at the end.

Hotel Reservations

Due to the shortage of accommodation, especially during the summer months, finding rooms for a group can be difficult. Our accommodation booking service can help.

Trail Support

For groups we can provide trail support. A driver and minibus will provide assistance when needed. Your luggage, hot and cold drinks and food will be available in the vehicle.

Guiding

Navigation along the footpath is straightforward but some groups enjoy having a local guide walk with them to provide help, encouragement and local information.

Local Transfers

On long days walking distances can be reduced by descending to a road. We will then meet you and provide minibus transport to your accommodation.

The closest train stations to Chipping Campden are at Moreton-in-Marsh, Honeybourne and Evesham. All have services to London Paddington and Hereford. We can collect your group from the train station and drop you in Chipping Camden.

Many visitors to the UK like to spend some time in Stratford-upon-Avon at the start or end of their trip. We can provide transport between Stratford and Chipping Camden.

At just over half way along the trail the small town of Stroud has a train station with connections to Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon and London Paddington. The city of Bath is on the London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads railway line.

For groups driving to Chipping Campden, at the end of your walk we can collect you from Bath and drop you back at your car. The journey time is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes although this varies depending on the time of day.

Tell us about the trip you are planning and the services that you would like us to provide. We will then confirm availability of accommodation and vehicles and provide prices.

The Trail

  • Distance: 102 miles / 165 kms
  • Ascent: 15774 feet / 4808 metres
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Start point: Chipping Campden
  • End point: Bath, Somerset

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