Book OnlineCotswold Way (Bath to Chipping Campden)
Total distance: 102.5 miles (164 km)
Duration: 10 nights, 9 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8 miles (13 km)
Maximum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Season: 1st January - 31st December
Start of holiday: Bath
End of holiday: Chipping Campden
Day 1: Travel to Bath where your first nights accommodation has been booked
Day 2: Bath to Cold Ashton. 10 miles (16km)
Day 3: Cold Ashton to Old Sodbury. 9 miles (14.5km)
Day 4: Old Sodbury to Wotton-under-Edge. 13 miles (21km)
Day 5: Wotton-under-Edge to King's Stanley. 15 miles (24km)
Day 6: King's Stanley to Painswick. 8 miles (13km)
Day 7: Painswick to Leckhampton Hill. 14 miles (22.5km)
Day 8: Leckhampton Hill to Cleeve Hill. 10 miles (16km)
Day 9: Cleeve Hill to Stanton. 13 miles (21km)
Day 10: Stanton to Chipping Campden. 10 miles (16km)
Day 11: Depart from Chipping Campden 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
The historic city of Bath with its glorious Georgian architecture is the most popular choice for an extra night or two before starting your walk. Buildings of note include the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, the Assembly Rooms that now house a Museum of Costume, the Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent, The Circus, Queen Square and Lansdown Crescent.
Wotton-under-Edge is another pleasing small town with several fine buildings, such as the 17th century gabled almshouses that have a lovely chapel within their courtyard.
The old wool town of Painswick with its ancient stone buildings dating from the 13th century is also a good choice for an extra night.
The delightful village of Stanton is another possibility for a rest day while many people choose to have an extra night in Chipping Campden at the end of the trail because there is so much to see. Chipping Campden is the loveliest of all the Cotswold Market towns, it is also the best preserved and most historically important. 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, to William Grevel, 'the flower of the wool merchants of all England'. Next to the church are the gateway and onion-topped lodges of the old manor of Campden. The manor itself was destroyed during the Civil War. Nearby on a raised pavement stands a superb row of Almshouses built during the reign of James I in stunning symmetry.
- 10 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.
By Air – The most convenient major cities and international airports are London (both Gatwick and Heathrow airports) and Birmingham Airport.
By Rail – There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Bath) - it is located close to the centre of the city and within walking distance of most accommodations. The most convenient railway station for Chipping Campden is Moreton-in-Marsh. You can then take a bus or taxi from Moreton-in-Marsh to Chipping Campden.
From London – From the start of the trail (Bath), there are regular trains to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. There are regular trains from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh (the most convenient railway station for Chipping Campden). The journey takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes). Trains run regularly between Moreton-in-Marsh and Heathrow or Gatwick airports or Birmingham (2 hours 15 minutes).
Return to Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Bath) is to take a bus from Chipping Campden to Moreton-in-Marsh. You can then take a train to Bath Spa, changing at Didcot.
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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