Cotswold Way

A magnificent trail showcasing the world-famous Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

4 to 14 nights
27-103 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £375 per person

About the trail

The Cotswold Way walk runs along the western edge of the Cotswold Hills from the old wool town of Chipping Campden to the historic city of Bath, showcasing varied terrain and unforgettable views. Along the way, the walking holiday encounters tranquil woodlands and sheltered valleys dotted with welcoming towns, villages and hamlets.

Each settlement boasts intriguing insights into the region’s fascinating past, while the surrounding landscapes also feature a wealth of historical landmarks such as hill forts, castles and ancient battle sites. The Cotswold Way is an iconic trail filled with everything a walker could wish for from this magical realm.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

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

Customer reviews from the Cotswold Way

“Thank you for making all the arrangements for my recent walk along the Cotswold way. It was so helpful having all the accommodation booked and baggage transfers, with taxi booked when necessary. All I had to do was WALK! The weather was kind and I really enjoyed the challenge. I am looking forward to another walk- Just need to decide when and where.”
Mrs Gambier, UK
“We greatly enjoyed our recent holiday and were impressed by your organisation. We appreciated the timely provision of comprehensive and details information. We particularly commend the speedy and reliable luggage transfer service by Volunteer Inn.”
Mrs Allison, UK
“We enjoy long-distance walking and the Cotswolds ticked all the boxes. Contours organised the trip very well indeed and the information supplied was excellent.”
Mr Cole, New Zealand
“A good national trail. Easy to follow, good under foot, not too steep/challenging, lovely views, good accommodation along the way. Would rate it between good and excellent… My walking companion and I are already talking about booking a walk next year!”
Ms Olive, UK
“We had a wonderful time!”
Mrs Dodridge, Canada
“As on our first tour, the walking was lovely. The accommodations were, once again, clean and hospitable, with great hosts.”
Ms Logan, USA
“Great landscape, great places”
Mr Henningsen, Germany
“The whole route was really beautiful, even under the rain, so it is very difficult to choose a favourite part.”
Miss Detraz, France
“Really enjoyed meeting the people at the bed and breakfasts, and the pubs. All the owners of the B and B's were great, especially Painswick, Tomarton and Leonard Stanley.”
Mr Johnson, USA
"Cotswold Escarpment from Coaley Peak" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Dyrham Wood" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Stone Tower" by Jim Bigelow (2019)
"Heading towards Birdlip" by Christopher Talbot-Ponsonby (2019)
"Hailes Abbey" by Gesche Henningsen (2019)
"Sheep and Thistles" by Martin Lehnoff (2019)
"Broadway Tower" by Hazel Burns (2018)
"Patchwork Landscape" by Arthur Brown (2018)
"Racing the Rain" by Arthur Brown (2018)
"Cotswold Zebra" by Mary Brown (2018)
"The End of the Cotswold Way in Bath" by Linda Logan (2018)
"Bath" by Linda Logan (2018)
"Falling off a Tire Swing on the way to Kings Stanley" by Linda Logan (2018)
"Cotswold Pets in Stanton" by Linda Logan (2018)
"A Rainy Day Outside Chipping Campden" by Carmen Matthews (2017)
"Hiker or Shepherd?" by Duncan Thomas (2017)
"Gate on the Cotswold Way" by Duncan Thomas (2017)
"Lunch Stop at Cold Ashton" by Duncan Thomas (2017)
"View from Pulteney Bridge" by Duncan Thomas (2017)
"Stanton" by Rachel Parsons (2017)
"Autumnal Colours between Stanton and Stanway" by Rachel Parsons (2017)
"Between Cold Ashton and Bath" by Rachel Parsons (2017)
"Directing the Way" by Rachel Parsons (2017)
"Looking back to Broadway Tower" by Rachel Parsons (2017)
Cotswold Way Signpost