Cotswold Way

A self-guided walking holiday from Chipping Campden to Bath through the beautiful Cotswolds.

7 to 14 nights
103 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £595 per person

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About this route

This tour encompasses all 103 miles of the world-renowned Cotswold Way National Trail.

Starting from Chipping Campden and finishing in the World Heritage-listed city of Bath, this trail proudly showcases the finest scenery, history, architecture and culture the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer.

This route can also be walked in the opposite direction if preferred. Select the ‘Reverse tours’ option when choosing your itinerary.
© Contours Walking Holidays Cotswold Way map
Chipping Campden to Bath
103 miles (164 km)
17th March to 28th October

Holiday highlights

Exploring the typically English villages of the Cotswolds and discovering their unique characters.

Following the Cotswold escarpment through pleasant, rolling countryside.

Arriving in the World Heritage City of Bath and taking time to explore the incredible architecture and celebrate the end of your holiday.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
COTW0 From Chipping Campden to Bath 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£595
COTW1 From Chipping Campden to Bath 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding£680
COTW2 From Chipping Campden to Bath 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding£765
COTW3 From Chipping Campden to Bath 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate / Demanding£850
COTW4 From Chipping Campden to Bath 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate£935
COTW5 From Chipping Campden to Bath 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate£1020
COTW6 From Chipping Campden to Bath 13 nights, 12 days walking Easy / Moderate£1105
COTW7 From Chipping Campden to Bath 14 nights, 13 days walking Easy / Moderate£1190

Cotswold Way - North to South 7 nights, 6 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that due to limited availability, accommodation at the Cleeve Hill stop may be located approximately 2.5 miles further along the trail. If you would like more information, or are not happy with this arrangement, please let us know when booking.


Travel to Chipping Campden where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Chipping Campden to Winchcombe. 18 miles (29km)

Day 2

Winchcombe to Dowdeswell. 11 miles (18km)

Day 3

Dowdeswell to Painswick. 19 miles (30.5km)

Day 4

Painswick to Dursley. 15 miles (24km)

Day 5

Dursley to Old Sodbury. 20 miles (32km)

Day 6

Old Sodbury to Bath. 19 miles (30.5km)


Depart from Bath 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 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
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bath)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Dowdeswell)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 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

Many people chose to have an extra night in Chipping Campden before starting 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.

Winchcombe is also a popular choice. It is an attractive small town with two or three inns, 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. 45 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.

The old wool town of Painswick with its ancient stone buildings dating from the 13th century is another good choice, but the historic city of Bath with its glorious Georgian architecture is the most popular choice for an extra night or two. 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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bath)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Dowdeswell)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 102.5 miles (164 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (18 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20 miles (32 km)
Code: COTW0 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 17th March - 28th October
Start of holiday: Chipping Campden
End of holiday: Bath

Route Profile

Cotswold Way - North to South 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 - The nearest rail stations to Chipping Campden are either Honeybourne (about 5.5 miles away) or Moreton-in-Marsh (about 6.5 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Bath).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Chipping Campden and from Bath.

From London - Trains from London Paddington station to Moreton-in-Marsh and Honeybourne. From these places, a bus/taxi will be required to Chipping Campden.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a train from Bath Spa to Moreton-in-Marsh. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Chipping Campden.

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

5 to 7 nights
47 miles
Easy / Moderate+
Dog friendly
From £450 per person
A pleasant walk from Chipping Campden to Painswick along the Cotswold Way.Find Out More
5 to 8 nights
56 miles
Easy / Moderate+
Dog friendly
From £450 per person
A wonderful walking holiday from Painswick to Bath along the world-famous Cotswold Way.Find Out More
4 nights
27 miles
From £365 per person
A short walking holiday from Dowdeswell to Kings Stanley, providing a taste of the Cotswold Way.Find Out More

Walking the Cotswold Way with Contours Walking Holidays

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Customer reviews from the Cotswold Way

“An excellent holiday. The admin and organisation were superb. I have no hesitation in booking another… As far as I'm concerned there's nothing you can improve on. Most certainly have recommended to people I met along the route. Meeting, walking and chatting with some many different people along the Way. The stunning countryside, the views, smell of bluebells and wild garlic. Taking my boots off at the end of the day.”
Mrs Pearce-Urwin, UK
“Everything was very well organized. All we had to do was enjoy our walk! We certainly will book another holiday with Contour Walking Holidays!”
Mrs Wiesemann-Visser, Netherlands
“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 enjoyed our holiday very much. It was a great experience in many ways. We saw beautiful places and met very nice people.”
Ms Salasco, Italy
“After three days I forgot what day it was. Totally relaxed.”
Mr Shalay, 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 walk. Contours has a very smooth operation and the only time we needed to phone for help we were very well, and speedily, looked after. If we decide to do another supported walking holiday then we will certainly check Contours out first.”
Mrs Maddison, UK
“Well organised as usual. A wonderful mix if steep escarpment, rolling farmland with plenty of trees and some super woodland sections. All this mixed with some lovely villages/small towns. I am already considering trails for next year. I really do not have a favourite section, as I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY.”
Mr Richardson, UK
“Everything turned out just as I wanted it to. It was a really tough challenge both mentally and physically some days but so rewarding!”
Ms Bohman, Sweden
"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)
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