Cotswold Short Break

A lovely two-day walk from Bourton-on-the-Water via Winchcombe and the Windrush Valley.

3 nights
26 miles
Moderate

From £255 per person

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About this route

This scenic short tour combines two contrasting trails linking Bourton-on-the-Water with Winchcombe to provide a delightful two-day walk through some of the loveliest countryside in the Cotswolds.

Starting at Bourton-on-the-Water, the route follows the Warden’s Way through the idyllic villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter, Naunton and Guiting Power before descending to Winchcombe past Sudeley Castle.

On the second day, the route follows the Windrush Way over the hills past several lost medieval villages before following the River Windrush back to Bourton-on-the-Water. This short walking route is packed with gorgeous scenery and historic sites throughout, making this an ideal mini getaway.

Standard
Interactive
Cotswold Short Break map
Circular trail beginning at Bourton-on-the-Water
26 miles (42 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Passing the impressive Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, once the home of Queen Katherine Parr.

Experiencing the varying scenery as you follow the Warden’s Way and pass through the lush Windrush Valley.

Discovering plenty of historic surroundings, including the remains of a Norman Castle in Upper Slaughter and the ‘lost’ medieval villages on route to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
COTSB A circular trail beginning at Bourton-on-the-Water 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£255

Cotswold Short Break 3 nights, 2 days walking

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

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe. 13 miles (21km)

Day 2

Winchcombe to Bourton-on-the-Water. 13 miles (21km)

Finish

Depart from Bourton-on-the-Water 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.

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 walk 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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£25.00 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?

  • 3 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

Winchcombe is a popular choice for a rest day. 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 1460s, adorn its outer walls. Winchcombe is also a good base for exploring Sudeley Castle and its romantic gardens.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 26 miles (41.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Code: COTSB Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Bourton-on-the-Water
End of holiday: Bourton-on-the-Water

Route Profile

Cotswold Short Break Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

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

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to Bourton-on-the-Water are either Moreton-in-Marsh (about 8.5 miles away) or Cheltenham Spa (about 16.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Bourton-on-the-Water.

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

Return To The Start - The Cotswold Short Break is a circular tour beginning and ending in Bourton-on-the Water/Winchcombe.

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.

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