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 £435 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

“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
“Excellent holiday, beautiful scenery, spectacular views. The accommodation was varied but always good quality with a good breakfast.”
Ms Way, UK
“Communications and arrangements were flawless, as also previously found. Thank you! Very happy with all my Contours walking holidays and am now deciding on one for 2022. Thank you!”
Ms Sheetz, USA
“This was the first time that I have been on holiday with my dog. The experience has been wonderful. All arrangements were very efficient. Our three overnight stays were very friendly and very welcoming to our dog. The luggage transfers went without a hitch. The two days walking were just right for us in level and distance. The route was very well marked and the book giving us. Very detailed description of the walk was invaluable. We were very lucky with the weather. I liked the variety of terrain covered. I liked it all.”
Ms Evans, 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
“The holiday went very well. All the arrangements worked like clockwork and the weather was kind. The route suited the group's expertise/fitness and everyone enjoyed the experience. We were delighted with the way everything came together. Well done!”
Mr McCloskey, UK
“Contours booked an extra leg for us and coordinated extra rooms when family rooms weren’t available. Very helpful!”
Mrs Bolman, USA
“Everything went smoothly and the standard of accommodation was generally first class.”
Mr Kenworthy, UK
“We had a wonderful time!”
Mrs Dodridge, Canada
"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