"The Cotswolds, Cottages & Castles"
Think of a typical image of England and you have the Cotswolds, scattered with dreamy, medieval villages built of honey-colored stone houses and thatched cottages, fields surrounded by stone walls and knitted together with winding country lanes. We walk along footpaths which, during the middle ages, were trodden by sheep drovers and their flocks on their way to shearing and market towns like Chipping Campden.
Cotswolds comes from “cots” meaning stone sheep shelters and “wold” meaning rolling hills. We look forward to being your hosts, to climbing up and walking along escarpments to admire the truly enchanting countryside. Among the highlights are visits to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill with a landscaped park by Capability Brown, formal gardens at Sudeley castle where the Catheirne Parr, 6th wife King Henry VIII is buried, the ruins of Hailes Abbey, raided and destroyed by Henry’s soldiers. Roman influence also ran deep in England and after our pretty walk to Chedworth Roman Villa you can really step back in time and let your imagination run wild.
from £ 2,500
per person shared occupancy
Included in the Tour:
♦ All accommodation
♦ All meals – except one lunch
♦ Wine, water & coffee with meals
♦ All transport within the tour
♦ Everything except postcards, stamps and phone calls
♦ No hidden extras!!
| DAY 1 | Excursion to Blenhim Palace
We meet at 12.00 at Hanborough station. There are good connections from London Paddington station. We drive to Woodstock to check into our hotel. We then enjoy a picnic lunch at Blenheim Palace in the magnificent park landscaped by Capability Brown. After lunch we tour the palace where, though never a Duke of Marlborough himself, Sir Winston Churchill was born!
| DAY 2 | Woodstock to Charlbury
From Woodstock we walk through the extensive grounds and estate of the Dukes of Marlborough along public footpaths and over stiles and pick up traces of the old Roman road, Akeman Street. We walk through charming and sleepy Stonesfield and continue across fields and through woods to Charlbury. (3hrs/6miles/9.5km)
| DAY 3 | Chedworth Roman Villa
Close to the Fosse Way, a Roman road built during Caesar’s invasion of Britain, we find Chedworth Villa located in the Coln valley. Time to enjoy the extensive excavations and mosaic floors, before embarking upon a beautiful, all day walk through quaint hamlets and sleepy villages, crossing meadows and along wooded slopes with wild flowers in abundance. (5hrs/10miles/16km)
| DAY 4 | Cotswold villages walk
We visit the delightful market town of Stow-on-the-Wold with time to admire the antiques and do a little shopping. Then we descend another escarpment to reach an old mill listed in the Domesday Book. With the sound of a rushing stream in our ears we continue through Lower and Upper Slaughter and admire how exquisitely the many thatched cottages, private and public gardens are kept. The end of this enjoyable walk brings us to the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water with its eccentrically built miniature model of the village. (4hrs/8miles/12.5km)
| DAY 5 | Moreton-in-Marsh – Batsford – Chipping Campden
Cross open fields from the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh to the Cotswold Falconry Centre to watch a world class falconry display. Climbing the Cotswold escarpment we reach the village of Blockley for a picnic lunch and then paths through open farmland to Chipping Campden. (6hrs/12miles/19km)
| DAY 6 | Sudeley Castle – Hailes Abbey – Stanton
Take aCast your minds back to Tudor England as we visit Sudeley Castle and its formal gardens where Katherine Parr last wife of Henry VIII lived. Walk to the ruins of Hailes Abbey and learn about the dissolution of the monasteries; then continue along the ‘Cotswold Way’ past Jacobean Stanway Manor to the honey-colored stone cottages of Stanton village. (4hrs/8miles/12km)
| LAST DAY | Departure day
9.00 Departure from our hotel for Moreton-in-Marsh station where trains return to London Paddington.
The secret of our small group walking tours lies in choosing exciting itineraries and turning them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy. A journey with us is like a chapter in a good book you cannot put down, a discovery trail of treasures, an active vacation outdoors where you meet like-minded people and create wonderful memories to take home.
• WHAT WE OFFER YOU •
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, making the most of your precious time.
We take care of all the logistical arrangements and tiny details you would hope to think of if only you had the time.
• VALUE FOR MONEY •
Our priority is to give you a tour of the highest standard and excellent value for money; prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. We believe you will only need to buy postcards and the occasional cappuccino.
• WE ARE UNIQUE •
We are unique through our personal devotion to your tour. We don’t rely on others to provide the quality and service we expect, we make sure it happens ourselves.
We spend a lot of time finding attractive walks and seeking the best places to visit. We take small groups and guide all our own tours employing local experts where detailed knowledge is beneficial.
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