Cross-Cotswold Path

A walk through the peaceful Cotswold countryside from the market town of Banbury to the city of Bath.

7 to 9 nights
85 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £650 per person

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About this route

The Cross-Cotswold Path runs through the heart of the Cotswolds from the historic market town of Banbury to the World Heritage City of Bath. Boasting less demanding terrain than the Cotswold Way, this trail meanders through a landscape of gentle hills, broad-leaved woodland, crystal-clear streams and many unspoilt villages and towns.

There is also a range of historical landmarks to discover along the walk, including Bronze Age stone circles, Iron Age earthworks, an Elizabethan castle and the source of the famous River Thames, among many others. As well as this, the scenery encountered on the Cross-Cotswold Path is truly beautiful, making this an excellent choice for a walking holiday.

The Cross-Cotswold Path was developed to raise awareness of Macmillan Cancer Support and to assist in raising funds for this important charity. For every person booking this trail, Contours Walking Holidays will make a £5 donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

© Contours Walking Holidays Cross-Cotswold Path map
Banbury to Bath
85 miles (136 km)
17th March to 28th October

Holiday highlights

Visiting the range of delightful market towns, villages and hamlets along the way, including Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Castle Combe.

Exploring the wealth of history on the trail, from the Roman Amphitheatre at Cirencester to the World Heritage City of Bath.

Enjoying the picturesque landscapes and beautiful scenery that the Cotswolds is famous for.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CCP1 From Banbury to Bath 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£650
CCP2 From Banbury to Bath 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£740
CCP3 From Banbury to Bath 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£830

Cross-Cotswold Path 7 nights, 6 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Banbury to Long Compton. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 2

Long Compton to Bourton-on-the-Water. 13 miles (21km)

Day 3

Bourton-on-the-Water to Cirencester. 17 miles (27km)

Day 4

Cirencester to Tetbury. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 5

Tetbury to Castle Combe. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 6

Castle Combe to Bath. 13 miles (21km)


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.

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

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

An extra night is the perfect way to ensure that you experience all of the sights and sounds of the Cross-Cotswold Path. Whether you decide to spend your day exploring charming villages, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the countryside, an extra night is a wonderful addition to your holiday.

The lively village of Bourton-on-the-Water with its many shops and attractions is a good choice for a rest day while there is plenty to see and do in the old market town of Northleach. It was wool that made Northleach famous and its wealthy merchants built grand 'wool houses' and the magnificent church of St Peter and St Paul, the 'Cathedral of the Cotswolds'. The church is a fine example of 15th century Cotswold Perpendicular, with some of the best wool merchants' brasses in the country. There is a fascinating museum of rural life in the 'House of Correction', an 18th century country prison. Elsewhere in the town are the Dutton Almshouses ?for women? built in 1616, a workhouse and a museum of self-playing musical instruments.

Cirencester, the 'Capital of the Cotswolds, is another good choice for a rest day. It is a charming town with an endearing old-fashioned atmosphere that is dominated by one of the finest perpendicular churches in England.

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 85 miles (136 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: CCP1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 17th March - 28th October
Start of holiday: Banbury
End of holiday: Bath

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 Birmingham and Bristol.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Banbury) and also at the end of the trail (Bath).

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

From London - Trains run from London Marylebone station to Banbury.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Bath to Banbury.

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.

Customer reviews from the Cross-Cotswold Path

“Fantastic holiday. No lines. No souvenir shops. Gorgeous countryside, very friendly Englishmen and women, and really good pub food. I loved the canal tow paths, particularly the one coming into Bath.”
Dr Harkess, USA
“The walking was delightful and our accommodations were almost all quite lovely.”
Ms Brandeau, USA
“Despite the unrelenting heat it was all quite wonderful.”
Mrs Arnold, USA
“Your flexibility and service have been lifesavers.”
Mrs Pak, Holland
"Near Whichford" by Margaret Brandeau (2018)
"Near Colerne" by Margaret Brandeau (2018)
"Near North Newington" by Margaret Brandeau (2018)
"Near Maugersbury" by Margaret Brandeau (2018)

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