Footpath sign Cotswold Way
Cotswolds landscape
Cotswold Way path along filed and stonewall
Hikers on the Cotswold Way
High Street through Painswick on the Cotswold Way
Hiking across a field on the Cotswold way
Classic cottage in the Cotswolds, England

Hiking the Cotswold Way

An idyllic ramble through quintessential English countryside

Trip Details

Location England
Length 11 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotels, Small Inns
Group size 5 - 12
Aug 11, 2024 - Aug 21, 2024
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

Following the western rim of the Cotswold Hills, the Cotswold Way is a 102-mile, long-distance walking route through some of England’s most idyllic landscapes. Beginning in the charming market town of Chipping Campden and ending in the historic Roman city of Bath, the route leads through rolling green pastures, shady beech woodlands, and into honey-colored villages built from Cotswold stone. It’s difficult to describe the route without using the word "quintessential."

Conceived as a long-distance route in the 1950s and completely waymarked by the mid-1970s, the captivating nature of the Cotswold Way led it to be designated as a National Trail in 2007. The route offers almost everything one would hope for on a walk across the English countryside. We’ll hike through scenic farmland and atmospheric forests, into charming villages, and past 17th-century manor houses. We’ll feel the depth of history as the route skirts the sites of Iron Age hill forts, ancient battlefields, deserted abbeys, and whimsical follies. Each day our hikes up and along the escarpments of the Cotswold Hills will offer spectacular panoramic views. Welcoming pubs and comfortable inns are never far away.

You’re sure to be as enchanted by the beauty of the Cotswold as the numerous authors such as J.M Barrie, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and T.S. Eliot who gravitated to the area. Aside from the beauty and variety the route has to offer, the Cotswold Way is a solid hiking and walking experience. The climbs up to and down from the escarpments can be steep and the days long. All in all, it promises to be a rewarding journey.

This is a new trip for us this year, and we can think of no one better to introduce you to these iconic landscapes than International Mountain Leader, Di Brooksbank. Di’s expert leadership, depth of experience, and local knowledge along with her boundless enthusiasm for grounding walkers in the world around them are sure to make this an unforgettable trip. We hope you’ll join us.


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Additional Information


If you wish to have your own room, a single supplement charge will apply.  If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will do our best to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, there will be a “forced” single charge of $450 will apply.

  • Note:  Some of the smaller inns may only have a limited number of single rooms available. It may be on these occasions that those who have opted for single rooms may have to share. 


  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts (full English)
  • Most dinners
  • All group transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!


Airfare, travel to Broadway on Day 1, onward from Bath on Day 11, lunches, optional/individual transfers between inns or individual excursions, items not on set dinner menus, beverages, insurance, tips to guides, items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, excess baggage charge, passport fees, etc.).


This hike includes daily luggage transfers. You will only need to carry a small day pack with the clothing and accessories you will need for the day. We ask that each group member bring one medium-sized piece of luggage and recommend that you keep it to a size that you can easily manage yourself, given our accommodations may have narrow hallways and no elevators. See our sample packing list.

While this trip includes luggage transfer, it is not vehicle-supported. Participants should be in a physical condition appropriate to the strenuousness of this hike. It is, however, possible to skip a day of hiking and take a taxi to the next hotel. This extra cost is not included in the price of the trip.


Most evenings will be spent in small villages or hamlets. There may be limited choices of accommodations in some locations. Our accommodations will run the gamut from small, simple inns to very comfortable country hotels. All rooms will be double occupancy with private ensuite facilities. Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels or nearby restaurants or pubs. Lunches are picnic-style along the trail, with the occasional stop at a pub or tea room.


It is most convenient to fly into London, England.


The group will meet at our hotel in Broadway on the evening of Day 1 at 6:30 pm for an area orientation, followed by our welcome dinner


The trip will end at our hotel in Bath on the morning of Day 11. There are frequent trains from Bath to London's Paddington Station. Travel time is about 1 1/2 hours. Heathrow and Gatwick Airports can be reached by train from London. Travel time can be around 30 - 45 minutes. 


The Cotswold Way is a great option whether you've hiked other routes in England or this is your first experience. Renowned for its natural beauty, villages built from local honey-colored limestone, and rich history, there's no better way to experience the area than on foot.  Each provides good solid hiking with the promise of comfortable accommodations and a hearty brew waiting at the end of each day. For fit walkers and hikers, this route through peaceful and timeless landscapes is sure to be rewarding.


If you would like to register, or would like to receive more information, including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss, and distance), please contact us. We're also happy to provide a list of past participants willing to share honest insights into our trips.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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