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Cotswold Way National Trail North route (7 days, 6 nights)

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Highlights

Starting in the pretty Cotswold market town of Chipping Campden, this 102-mile route follows the ridge of the Cotswold escarpment through delightfully undulating countryside and picturesque villages to Painswick. Daily distances are very manageable to allow plenty of time for further discovery and exploration

What's included?
Breakfast included, other meals excluded
Luggage Transfers between accommodation providers
Fully comprehensive tour pack with maps, available in English, German, French and Italian as standard. (Other languages available on request)
Access to a smartphone digital app which offers GPS tracking for the routes (downloaded prior to save on data costs)
Access to a 24/7 helpline in case of any emergencies

Exclusions
Entry or admission fee
Landing & facility fees
Individual travel to the UK
Lunch & Dinner
Travel Taxes
Entry fees to attractions

Please note
Passport required
Passport needed if travelling to UK from other countries

About This Deal

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Chipping Campden

Stop At: Chipping Campden, Chipping Campden, Cotswolds, England
Today you can check into your accommodation and explore the lovely shops, tea rooms and beautiful high street in the town. Chipping Campden is a traditional market town, with preserved historic features dating back as far as the 14th century. It is also one of the earliest examples of deliberate town planning with a charter from King Henry II to set out a plan of the town.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Stanton

Stop At: Stanton, Stanton, Cotswolds, England
After leaving Chipping Campden, the Trail takes you out onto the Cotswold escarpment with stunning views from Dover’s Hill. This is where the annual ‘Olimpick’ games were held in 1612, with leapfrog, wrestling and shin-kicking events happening each year. The walk continues across the fields to Broadway Tower and then through the village of Broadway with its historic connections with the Arts & Crafts movement. Stanton is built entirely of Cotswold stone and will be your rest stop for the night.
Daily Distance: 16 km/ 10 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at local B&B

Day 3: Stanton to Winchcombe

Stop At: Winchcombe, Winchcombe, Cotswolds, England
After a steep climb up from Wood Stanway onto the escarpment, you will be rewarded by with magnificent views across the Vale of Evesham towards the Malverns. Passing the Iron Age hill fort of Beckbury Camp, the Trail continues through farmland into the Cotswold town of Winchcombe. Stay overnight in this “Walkers are Welcome” certified town and explore its Neolithic, Roman and Medieval past. Explore Sudeley Castle & Gardens, the only private castle in the UK, and final resting place of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s final wife.
Daily Distance: 12.5 km/8 miles.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at local B&B

Day 4: Winchcombe to Cheltenham

Stop At: Cheltenham, Cheltenham, Cotswolds, England
Leave through the Sudeley Estate, climbing steadily to the ancient Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knap to Cleeve Hill – the highest part of the entire Trail point of The Cotswolds. The route continues across Cleeve Common with extensive views over Cheltenham, and far beyond and then onto Charlton Kings Common with its breath-taking views across Cheltenham and the Severn Vale. before following the escarpment onto Leckhampton Hill and – look out for the distinctive rock pillar known as the Devil’s Chimney before descending into Cheltenham, the most complete Regency Town in the UK.
Daily Distance: 16 km / 10 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 5: Cheltenham to Birdlip

Stop At: Birdlip, Birdlip, Cotswolds, England
The Cotswold Way trail follows quiet tracks, lanes and paths into Crickley Hill Country Park, with its excellent viewpoints and information about the archaeological history, as well as a great café for a pitstop. There is evidence of historic settlements from as early as the Neolithic Period, as well as an Iron Age Hill Fort, indicating many periods of occupation. The Trail then crosses the undulating grassland of Barrow Wake before heading into woodland to emerge at Birdlip.
Daily Distance: 19 km/ 12 miles.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 6: Birdlip to Painswick

Stop At: Painswick, Painswick, Stroud District, Cotswolds, England
From Birdlip, the trail passes the remains of Great Witcombe Roman Villa, through magnificent beech woodlands and on to Coopers Hill, the site of the crazy annual cheese-rolling event every May which sees competitors chase a cheese wheel down the very steep slope. The route then emerges onto the common land of Painswick Beacon, where the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort can clearly be seen. The section ends in the picturesque town of Painswick, the mid-point of the Cotswold Way. Painswick recently featured in J.K.Rowling’s novel “A Casual Vacancy” and is also home to the Rococo Gardens which are worth a visit.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 7: Depart

Stop At: Painswick, Painswick, Stroud District, Cotswolds, England
Depart Painswick for your onward journey
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights


Departure Point
Chipping Campden, UK


Departure Time
9:00 AM

Duration
7 days

Return Details
Painswick, Stroud GL6, UK


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