Nowhere else in England does work of nature and the work of man appear to be in greater harmony than the Cotswolds, the combination of idyllic stone villages and small towns set amidst gentle rolling countryside is without parallel and quintessentially ‘English’.
This self guided holiday in the Cotswolds enable you to explore some of these beautiful villages and small market towns as well as experience the typical rolling wold country. You walk along valleys of many of the meandering streams and rivers of the area and ponder on the beauty of the picturesque villages built out of oolitic limestone, which look warm even on the dullest of days. You walk many of the well known long distance path such as the Cotswold Way,the Macmillan Way and the Wardens Ways.
Your self guided Cotswolds walking holiday will be centre based staying at the 17th Century Hatherley Manor Hotel at Down Hatherley, Gloucester. A three-star hotel set in 37 acres of its own grounds located four miles from Gloucester and 6 miles from Cheltenham. The hotel offers good food and comfort for your self guided walking holiday in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside..
You start at the attractive village of Bourton-on-the-Water and walk to the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. Following the Wardens Way to the village of Naunton you then join the Windrush Way back to Bourton-on-the-Water.
Starting at Winchcombe you leave this market town and join the Cotswold Way to visit Hailes Abbey, which is a 13th Century ruined abbey.Your route then takes you past Sudeley Castle, a restored 15th Century manor house, back to Winchcombe.
This walk from the hotel takes you through the pretty village of Bishop Norton. and up to the triangulation point above the River Severn where you have wonderful views of the Gloucester and the river. You then descend down to the banks of the river and follow the Severn Way back to the Hotel.
From Stanton, known as the most picturesque village in the Cotswolds, you follow the Cotswold Way to the village of Stanway. The onward route then takes you through woodland to another famous village of Snowshill. From Snowshill you continue along tracks with wonderful views of the Vale of Evesham before returning to Stanton.