The Cotswold way

102 miles, from Bath to Chipping Campden
June 22-July 1, 2022
Suitable for new hikers and the more experienced

Contact: Shawn@shawnrichardsonglobal.com

 

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Description:

We will be hiking the Cotswold Way, a well-established trail through the beautiful heart of western England. The route runs for 102 miles from Bath to Chipping Campden, mainly in the county of Gloucestershire. The Cotswolds is recognized and protected as an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Cotswold Way has, since 2007, been one of several National Trails in the UK.

 

Our route begins in the city of Bath, an ancient Roman city and spa. Set on the River Avon it is a World Heritage site and widely recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, with its Georgian architecture and famous buildings such as the Royal Crescent, the Pump Room, Bath Abbey, and Pulteney Weir and Bridge.

 

After climbing out of Bath and entering the countryside, the first two days of the walk are very rural and relatively long as we head northwards through a handful of small villages. During the second day we ascend onto the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills before descending to the small town of Wotton-under-Edge. We continue along the escarpment, skirting the town of Stroud, and on to Painswick, known as the “Queen of the Cotswolds”. A long rural stretch follows along the wonderfully named Birdlip Edge before we reach the edge of the town of Cheltenham, famous for its Regency architecture and its renowned horse racing festival. Beyond Cheltenham we walk our final three days through beautiful Cotswold villages such as Stanton and Broadway, before reaching our destination at Chipping Campden.

 

Most day’s walking ranges between 12-16 miles, with a shorter day 4. Day 8 is the shortest day of approximately 6 miles, affording the opportunity to explore beautiful Broadway at the start of the day and Chipping Campden at the end. The walking is strenuous in places with a few sharp ascents to be climbed, but well within the scope of hikers with average fitness.

 

Our accommodation will be varied, reflecting the range of towns and villages on the route - some small privately run bed and breakfast houses, some pubs with rooms, some hotels. Hearty breakfast will always be provided at the start of the day and packed or picnic lunches. We will have three group dinners together in Bath, Cheltenham and Chipping Campden, and on the other evenings you will be free to find your own dinner in local pubs and restaurants. Daylight hours extend late into the day during June with sunset between 9.30-10pm, so this is the ideal time to enjoy pub beer gardens in the evening.

 

We will arrange for luggage to be transported from location to location so you will only need to hike with a day pack containing the bare necessities such as waterproof pants and jacket (sadly essential, even in the English summer!).  We will provide a suggested packing list.

 

Our trip ends with overnight accommodation in Chipping Campden. From there you are free to transfer or travel onwards on the morning of July 1st. Chipping Campden is within easy range of attractions such as Oxford or Stratford-on-Avon, home of Shakespeare, as well as other beautiful Cotswolds towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford and Bourton-on-Water. London is easily within reach within two hours by car or train, as is Heathrow Airport. 

Itinerary:

June 22

Meet in Bath 

We’ll have a group meeting and a group dinner the evening before we begin our walk. 

Group dinner included (except alcohol).

June 23

Hike from Bath to Tomarton. Accommodations in Tomarton. 

16 miles

June 24

Hike from Tomarton to Wotton Under Edge. Accommodations in Wotton Under Edge.

16 miles

June 25

Hike from Wotton Under Edge to Middleyard. Accommodations in Middleyard or nearby villages.

13.5 miles

 

June 26

Hike from Middleyard to Painswick. Accommodations in Painswick.

9.5 miles

 

June 27

Hike from Painswick to Dowdeswell. Accommodations in Cheltenham, with van transport to hotel.

16.5 miles

Group dinner included (except alcohol).

 

June 28

Hike from Dowdeswell to Winchcombe. Accommodations in Dowdeswell.

12.5 miles

June 29

Hike from Winchcombe to Broadway. Accommodations in Broadway.

14 miles

June 30

Hike from Broadway to Chipping Campden. 

6 miles

Group dinner included (except alcohol).

 

July 1

Departure

Price:

$4975 per person

  • Add $1800 for single supplement

Initial deposit due November 5, 2021 ($1500)

Balance due February 1, 2022

Deposits and payments are non-refundable, for any reason.  Trip Insurance and medical insurance is recommended and available at 

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance

https://www.travelguard.com/travel-insurance/benefits/cancel-for-any-reason

https://www.worldtrips.com/blog/Posts/6-best-travel-medical-insurance-providers?gclid=Cj0KCQiA5aWOBhDMARIsAIXLlkdOlxb027WKwF6NaRvoQldJ0fZTKQjkWq-REpqS2twpgGqUcQo_7k0aAum8EALw_wcB

Additional Information:

Our goal is to create new walking enthusiasts who, by the end of the trip, will have the skills and comfort to trek/ travel independently.

 

We will have 2 zoom sessions before the trip to review physical preparation and suggested gear and equipment.

 

Travelers must be fully vaccinated and boosted (with proof) for COVID-19

 

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