Book OnlineCotswold Round
Total distance: 51 miles (82 km)
Duration: 9 nights, 8 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Maximum daily distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Season: 1st January - 31st December
Start of holiday: Moreton-in-Marsh
End of holiday: Moreton-in-Marsh
Day 1: Travel to Moreton-in-Marsh where your first nights accommodation has been booked
Day 2: Moreton-in-Marsh to Stow-on-the-Wold. 6.5 miles (10.5km)
Day 3: Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water. 5.5 miles (8.5km)
Day 4: Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power. 6 miles (9.5km)
Day 5: Guiting Power to Winchcombe. 7 miles (11km)
Day 6: Winchcombe to Stanton. 7.5 miles (12km)
Day 7: Stanton to Broadway. 5 miles (8km)
Day 8: Broadway to Chipping Campden. 5 miles (8km)
Day 9: Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh. 8.5 miles (13.5km)
Day 10: Depart from Moreton-in-Marsh after breakfast
The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.
Extra nights / rest days
An extra night gives you the time to explore the sights and sounds of the Cotswolds.
Moreton-in-Marsh is a popular choice - the historic city of Oxford is only 30 minutes away by train while Stow-on-the-Wold is also a good choice, with lots of antiques shops and art galleries to explore.
The lively village of Bouton-on-the-Water, with its many shops and attractions is another good choice for a rest day, but if you prefer somewhere quieter, consider the sleepy village of Guiting Power in the upper reaches of the beautiful Windrush valley.
Winchcombe is a charming small town with two or three inns, many attractive old Tudor houses, cottages with roses clambering over their porches and a fine church containing an altar cloth worked by Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife. Forty-five grotesque gargoyles, each representing a local character from the 1460s, adorn its outer walls. Winchcombe is also a good base for exploring Sudeley Castle and its romantic gardens.
Broadway is a lovely village with two wonderful churches, a fine old inn and some interesting little shops, but many people choose to have their extra night in Chipping Campden. It is the loveliest, best preserved and most historically important of all the Cotswold towns. Buildings of interest include the open-sided Jacobean Market Hall, built to shelter stallholders from all weathers; the Town Hall; the 14th century Woolstaplers Hall, where the fleeces were sold and which now houses the town's museum. Opposite this is the magnificent Grevel House built in 1380. St James' Church is one of the best examples of a Cotswold 'wool' church and contains the largest memorial brass in the county, dedicated to William Grevel, 'the flower of the wool merchants of all England'.
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- 9 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
- Breakfast each day.
- Door to door luggage transfer.
- Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
- An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
- Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
- Emergency assistance.
Travel InformationDetailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you on booking. A summary is given below.
Most convenient major city and International airport: London (Gatwick or Heathrow airports) or Birmingham Airport. Train from London Paddington (1 hour 40 minutes) or Birmingham (2 hours 15 minutes).
Outward journey from London to Moreton-in-Marsh: Train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh (I hour 40 minutes). Your first night's accommodation in Moreton-in-Marsh is a short walk or taxi ride from the station.
Return journey to London at the end of the holiday: Short walk or taxi to Moreton-in-Marsh railway station. Train to London Paddington (1 hour 40 minutes).
It is very easy to travel to the start (and return home from the end) of the holiday using public transport. Please click here for more information.
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