Strolling through the picturesque Cotswold villages.
Relaxing in handpicked, luxurious and welcoming accommodation
Discovering the history of the area through abbeys, ruins and the glorious Sudeley Castle.
Enjoying some of the best views of the quintessential English countryside.
Experience the highlights of the Cotswolds Way on this short break. The Cotswold Escape explores chocolate box Cotswold villages such as Broadway and Stanton as well as taking in interesting historical sights and spectacular views in quintessentially English countryside.
Your walking break starts in Chipping Campden, arguably one of the loveliest of the Cotswold towns with it’s typical honey coloured architecture. You begin with a climb onto the escarpment where you will be rewarded with some fine views, before enjoying the welcome diversion of Broadway’s tearooms and finally arriving at the idyllic village of Stanton.
Heading on to Winchcombe, you will pass through rolling hills and some steep ups and downs as well as historical sights of interest such as the medieval Hailes Abbey and the Iron Age hill fort Beckbury Camp before arriving in the bustling town of Winchcombe.
On your final day’s walk, after a possible visit to the magnificent Sudeley Castle, some of the best views of the walk beckon with delightful open walking over Cleeve Common and outstanding views from the Cotswold escarpment.
Hand-picked overnight accommodation in high quality Hotels, B&B’s and guesthouses, daily door to door baggage transfer, maps, route notes and emergency support are included in your walking break with Macs Adventure.
Day 1: Arrive Chipping Campden
Chipping Campden is arguably the loveliest of the Cotswold towns and a great place to start your walk. A two hour train journey from London to Moreton-on-Marsh and a 6 mile taxi or bus brings you easily to the start of your holiday.
Day 2: Chipping Campden to Stanton - 10 Miles
Leaving the honey coloured architectural beauty of Chipping Campden behind you climb immediately onto the escarpment where Dover’s Hill and then Broadway Tower reward with fine views. The tearooms of Broadway are a welcome diversion before heading back into the hills. The idyllic village of Stanton welcomes you at the end of the section. Stanton is a typical small Cotswold village with evening meals available from the local pub.
Day 3: Stanton to Winchcombe - 7 Miles
Tearing yourself away from the beauty of Stanton, you soon reach the hamlet of Church Stanway. The ornate guesthouse of Stanway House distracts from the climb to Stumps Cross which follows. The Iron Age hill fort Beckbury Camp and medieval Hailes Abbey are both of interest before you reach the hustle and bustle of Winchcombe. Winchcombe was once an important Saxon settlement and it’s folk museum and the gargoyles of the Church of St Peter are of interest. The ancient Saxon borough of Winchcombe offers plenty of facilities for walkers and holiday makers. There are several tea rooms serving typical English afternoon tea as well as several pubs .
Day 4: Winchcombe to Dowdeswell - 11 Miles
The last section is a scenic and historically interesting one, beginning with a six mile stretch to Cleeve Hill. The magnificent Sudeley Castle is soon followed by a Roman Villa and Belas Knap, a huge Neolithic burial chamber. Continuing on to Dowdeswell you will enjoy a series of outstanding views from the Cotswold escarpment. You will be staying overnight in the town of Charlton Kings, near Dowdeswell Reservoir.
Day 5: Depart Dowdeswell/Charlton Kings
If you have parked your car in Chipping Campden then you will need to get a bus from the nearby town of Cheltenham back to Moreton-on-Marsh or Broadway and then a taxi or bus will take you back to Chipping Campden. Cheltenham is also well linked by train services to London and Bath.
This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs their is a solo walker supplement payable
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants
The distances are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all essentials, for example proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, and sunscreen.