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Cotswold Round

Cotswold Round

A walk from Moreton-in-Marsh visiting the finest towns, villages and countryside in the Cotswolds.

5 to 9 nights
48 miles
Easy to Moderate

From £460 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

The Cotswold Round is a circuit of the best-loved villages and towns of the Cotswolds. Beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh, with its large market square surrounded by handsome former coaching inns, the trail meanders through the tranquil Windrush valley and along the western edge of the Cotswold Hills, allowing for far-reaching views across quintessentially English countryside.

The trail encounters a wealth of industrial and cultural history unique to the Cotswolds, as well as plenty of pleasant scenery and friendly ambiance in each settlement along the way.


© Contours Walking Holidays Cotswold Round map
Circular trail beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh
48 miles (77 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Experiencing the peaceful scenery of the Windrush Valley on the way to Winchcombe.

Exploring the charm of the picturesque Cotswolds towns and villages, including Bourton-on-the-Water and Guiting Power.

Crossing the rolling fields and admiring the pleasant green landscapes and far-reaching views.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
COTR1 A circular trail beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£460
COTR2 A circular trail beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh 7 nights, 6 days walking Easy / Moderate£645
COTR3 A circular trail beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh 9 nights, 8 days walking Easy£825

Cotswold Round 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Moreton-in-Marsh where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water. 12 miles (19km) / 820 ft (250 m) ascent

Day 2

Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe. 12 miles (19km) / 1184 ft (361 m) ascent

Day 3

Winchcombe to Broadway. 12.5 miles (20km) / 1581 ft (482 m) ascent

Day 4

Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh. 12 miles (19km) / 1637 ft (499 m) ascent


Depart from Moreton-in-Marsh after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night is perfect if you woud like to explore the sights and sounds of the Cotswolds or to simply rest your weary legs.

Moreton-in-Marsh is a popular choice for an extra night - the historic city of Oxford is only 30 minutes away by train.

Winchcombe is also a great location to explore. It 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 1460ss adorn its outer walls. Winchcombe is also a good base for exploring Sudeley Castle and its romantic gardens.

Broadway is also a lovely village with two wonderful churches, a fine old inn and some interesting little shops.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 48 miles (77 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Code: COTR1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Moreton-in-Marsh
End of holiday: Moreton-in-Marsh

Route Profile

Cotswold Round Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol and Birmingham.

By Rail - There is a rail station at Moreton-in-Marsh.

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Moreton-in-Marsh.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Moreton-in-Marsh.

Return To The Start - The Cotswold Round is a circular tour beginning and ending in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

Cotswold Highlights Trail
4 to 7 nights
43 miles
Easy to Demanding
Dog friendly
From £375 per person
A fantastic walk from Chipping Campden through the quintessentially English countryside of the Cotswolds.Find Out More
Cotswold Villages Trail
7 nights
60 miles
From £645 per person
A walking holiday from Moreton-in-Marsh through the many iconic settlements of the Cotswolds.Find Out More
South Cotswold Walk
7 to 13 nights
80 miles
Easy / Moderate+
From £645 per person
A pleasant walk from Winchcombe through the tranquil countryside of the southern Cotswolds.Find Out More
Winchcombe Way
3 to 5 nights
43 miles
Dog friendly
From £280 per person
An double-loop route showcasing the northern Cotswolds with Winchcombe at its centre.Find Out More
Cotswold Short Break
3 nights
27 miles
Dog friendly
From £280 per person
A lovely two-day walk from Bourton-on-the-Water via Winchcombe and the Windrush Valley.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the Cotswold Round

“Well organised, good map and guidebook, great accommodation.”
Mr Pfeifer, UK
“This was our first time doing a walking holiday and the experience was wonderful, thank you!”
Ms Northup, USA
“We loved the job that Contours did. The places we stayed were great. The walking/hiking information was complete and accurate. We plan to go again on a different walk.”
Mr Eubank, USA
“It was very helpful to have the accommodation near the track at all the places we stayed in now. We will recommend to others. Everything went well. We will definitely recommend your company and tours to others. If we come back to England, we would like another walking holiday. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of food on our route.”
Mr Hanson, USA
“I want to thank you for the excellent job in arranging all 3 of my hiking trips. I had such a great time and met some wonderful hosts along the way and I look forward to future Contours trips!”
Ms Hawkins, USA
“This was our first Contours holiday and we had a fantastic time - won't be our last!”
Miss Edwards, UK
“The hike in the Cotswolds was great! We really enjoyed the shorter hiking days and having time to enjoy the villages/towns where we stayed. Your staff was very receptive to our questions during the planning process and quick to respond. Even the weather was awesome!”
Mrs Stamm, USA
“Accommodations were charming, the walk was exactly what we expected, and the folks at Contours who helped us with all our requirements and changes were unfailingly courteous and prompt.”
Mr Zimmerman, USA
“Thank you for a perfectly organised holiday. The clear route instructions and map made it a very relaxing way to spend 8 days walking.”
Mr Atkinson, Australia
"Mastering Stiles" by Shona Graham (2020) "Mastering Stiles" by Shona Graham (2020)
"Overlooking the Trail" by Shona Graham (2020) "Overlooking the Trail" by Shona Graham (2020)
"Broadway Tower" by Shona Graham (2020) "Broadway Tower" by Shona Graham (2020)
"Canine Companion" by Shona Graham (2020) "Canine Companion" by Shona Graham (2020)
"Signposting" by Georgetta Doyle (2018) "Signposting" by Georgetta Doyle (2018)
"Stone Wall outside Moreton-in-Marsh" by Vicky Kerfoot (2018) "Stone Wall outside Moreton-in-Marsh" by Vicky Kerfoot (2018)
"Watermill in Upper Slaughter" by Georgetta Doyle (2018) "Watermill in Upper Slaughter" by Georgetta Doyle (2018)