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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 £380 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 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
“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‚Ķ The views were breath-taking.”
Mr Hayes, USA
“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
“Everything went smoothly and the standard of accommodation was generally first class.”
Mr Kenworthy, UK
“Very good accommodation, well organised and an interesting/scenic walk.”
Mr Copsey, UK
“Just the right amount of enjoyment and challenge. All arrangements were professionally managed. Accommodation was first rate. Very well managed thank you. Yes. Everything was professionally organised.”
Mrs Youngberry, Australia
“Great landscape, great places”
Mr Henningsen, Germany
“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
“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
"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