The Cotswolds

Cotswold Villages £599

5th -10th July



Nowhere else in England does the 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 a gentle, rolling countryside is without parallel and quintessentially 'English'.

This walking holiday programme enables you to explore some of these beautiful villages and small towns as well as experience the typical rolling wold country. Many sheep still graze the wolds, which is all that remains of the wool industry, which once brought prosperity to this part of England. We will walk along the 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 looks warm even on the dullest days.

For your Cotswold walking holiday you will be staying at the 17th Century Hatherley Manor Hotel at Down Hatherley, Gloucester. A four-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 a guided walking holiday in the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

Your Programme

Day 1:

Arrive for your walking holiday

Day 2: Deerhurst, Apperley - River Severn (E:7mls/11kms)

This walk starts at the small Saxon chapel of Odda at Deerhurst and takes you across pastureland to the village of Apperley.You then make your way along bridleways to the disused Coombe Hill canal,passing through a nature reserve before reaching the banks of the River Severn and returning to Deerhurst.

Day 3: Stanton and Stanway (M:6mls/10kms)

The starting point for this walk is the village of Stanton, the most picturesque village in the Cotswolds. You climb out of the village to Shenberrow Hill Camp with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The walk then follows much of the Cotswold Way and descends through woodland to the village of Stanway. You continue across open countryside back to Stanton.

Day 4: Sudeley Castle-Belas Knap (M:6mls/10kms)

This walk follows the Windrush Way past the magnificent Sudeley Castle and you climb the Cotswold scarp for wonderful views. We visit Belas Knap, one of the great burial mounds of ancient Britain and return back to the market town of Winchcombe.

Day 5: Bourton and the Slaughters (E:6mls/10kms)

Our walk starts from the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-Water and we follow the valley of the River Windrush across pastureland. We spend time in the picturesque villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and then return to spend time exploring Bourton-on-the-Water.

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