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Cotswold Way

Cotswold Way

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

4 to 14 nights
26-102 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £400 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

“Great landscape, great places”
Mr Henningsen, Germany
“Everything went smoothly and the standard of accommodation was generally first class.”
Mr Kenworthy, UK
“A great trip, and everything worked as planned.”
Mr Pedersen, Norway
“It exceeded our expectations. It was excellent.”
Mrs Barrett-Rendler, USA
“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
“We had a wonderful time!”
Mrs Dodridge, Canada
“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
“Contours booked an extra leg for us and coordinated extra rooms when family rooms weren’t available. Very helpful!”
Mrs Bolman, USA
“Everything was well organized and accommodations were all good. The people we met on the trail were friendly and helpful. We had such a positive experience… The views were breath-taking.”
Mr Hayes, USA
"Final Picnic on Prospect Stile" by Robert Evans (2021)
"Dyrham Park House" by Robert Evans (2021)
"Shadows of the Essentials" by Robert Evans (2021)
"Early Morning in Stanton" by Robert Evans (2021)
"Friendly Sheep in Selsley" by Robert Evans (2021)
"View from Frocester Hill" by Robert Evans (2021)
"View from Cleeve Common" by Lindsey Way (2021)
"Well Earned Rest" by Lindsey Way (2021)
"Signpost at Wortley Hill" by Penelope Brook (2020)
"Wet Autumn Day at Dyrham" by Penelope Brook (2020)
"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
Cotswold Way Signpost