Circular Walks in the Cotswolds

Circular Walks in the Cotswolds

A selection of circular walks through the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds.

3 to 9 nights
27-60 miles
Easy to Demanding / Strenuous

From £365 per person

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About the trail

Strewn with countless pretty villages built by medieval merchants, the Cotswolds fulfils most people's idea of an idyllic English landscape. While walking in the Cotswolds, you will find neat fields, rolling green hills, ancient woodland and clear streams, combined with simple stone cottages and historical landmarks to create a truly unique picture of timeless beauty. Our selection of circular trails explores the scenery, settlements and stories that make the Cotswolds such a wonderfully special place to discover on foot.

Looking for the full Cotswold Way National Trail? Click here.

Choose your route

  • Cotswold Villages Trail
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Cotswold Round
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Cotswold Highlights Trail
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Cotswold Short Break

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

5 to 7 nights
60 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £640 per person

Cotswold Villages Trail

The Cotswold Villages Trail passes through twenty seven of the beautiful towns, villages and hamlets that make the Cotswolds so special. It visits the wool town of Stow-on-the-Wold, with its mellow stone houses overlooking the medieval cross and stocks in the market square, as well as Northleach, with its magnificent church and immaculate late-medieval cottages clustered around the central square; and Chipping Campden, arguably the loveliest of all the Cotswold market towns.

Along the way the trail also takes in a number of sites of historic interest, including Iron Age hill forts, a gothic folly, a ruined medieval abbey, Sezincote House and Sudeley Castle.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
COTVT1 A circular trail beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £640
COTVT2 A circular trail beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £770
COTVT3 A circular trail beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate £895

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
COTSB A circular trail beginning at Bourton-on-the-Water 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate £365

Cotswold Villages Trail 5 nights, 4 days walking

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

Important information

This tour is available to book all year, however out of season from November to March, there may be a small supplement for luggage moves, which will be moved by taxi rather than the usual luggage courier.


Travel to Moreton-in-Marsh where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water. 11.5 miles (18.5km) / 820 ft (250 m) ascent

Day 2

Bourton-on-the-Water to Guiting Power(L). 17 miles (27.5km) / 1640 ft (500 m) ascent

Day 3

Guiting Power(L) to Broadway. 18 miles (29km) / 1886 ft (575 m) ascent

Day 4

Broadway to Moreton-in-Marsh. 12.5 miles (20km) / 1640 ft (500 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bourton-on-the-Water)
£80.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Guiting Power(L))
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Moreton-in-Marsh)
Price on request
© Contours Walking Holidays Cotswold Villages Trail map
Circular trail beginning at Moreton-in-Marsh
60 miles (95 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Visiting the quintessentially English villages of the Cotswolds, including Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water.

Discovering over a thousand years of history, from Iron Age hill forts to the stunning Sudeley Castle.

Admiring the classic Cotswold sights of dry stone walls, pretty landscapes and grazing livestock.

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 gives you a chance to explore some of the villages and old market towns along the trail, catch up with writing postcards or to simply relax and give those weary legs a rest.

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

The lively village of Bourton-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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bourton-on-the-Water)
£80.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Guiting Power(L))
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Moreton-in-Marsh)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 59.5 miles (95 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: COTVT1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Moreton-in-Marsh
End of holiday: Moreton-in-Marsh

Route Profile

Cotswold Villages Trail 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 Start

The Cotswold Villages Trail 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.
"Curved path on the way to North Leach" by Fred Woods (2022) "Curved path on the way to North Leach" by Fred Woods (2022)
"Dovecote in Naunton" by Fred Woods (2022) "Dovecote in Naunton" by Fred Woods (2022)

Customer reviews from the Cotswold Villages Trail

“This has been one of my favourite holidays.”
Mrs Malcharek, Canada
“Great walks. Good accommodation. Excellent baggage service.”
Ms Thompson, UK
“Good weather. Beautiful countryside and immaculate villages at every turn.”
Mr Collings, UK
“The holiday was splendid.”
Dr Bentley, UK
“All in all - a very nice walk.”
Mr Haver, Norway
“This was our first walking holiday with two dogs. We were extremely impressed with all of the organisation and itineraries for each day. The written instructions and handy map were great.”
Mrs Donnelly, UK
“A thoroughly enjoyable scenic walk, not too taxing. The Contours map and trail booklet worked very well. The taxi companies for the transfers were very helpful and on time. It is ideal for a group who appreciate tea shops to stop at and scenic villages without too many steep hills and climbs.”
Mr Davey, UK
“I loved this holiday and would recommend this to anyone. I have already recommended this as far as anyone would listen!”
Ms Kleynhans, South Africa
“It was all that I expected and more. Each day was different in terms of scenery and villages.”
Mrs Edamura, Canada
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