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The Cotswolds is a uniquely English walking destination with colourful farmland and winding country lanes lined with dry stone walls leading to sleepy medieval villages of honey-coloured stone and thatched cottages. Think of a typical image of England and it is likely to be found in the Cotswolds! Join our small group walking tour to admire bright yellow mustard fields surrounded by dry stone walls and explore scattered dreamy medieval villages like Stanton and Broadway.
Walk around the formal gardens and parklands of Blenheim Palace, visit a Benedictine Abbey and a Roman Villa and sit down in a local English pub restaurant for a wonderful meal and a glass of wine or a pint of beer and listen to the laughter of the locals catching up with friends at the end of each day.
N.B. Tours based in England are charged in local currency (GBP £). All other conversions are approximate.
DURATION: 8 days
PICK UP: Hanborough station
DROP OFF: Stratford upon Avon station (Birmingham airport by prior arrangement)
We look forward to being your hosts, to walking up and along grassy escarpments through colourful mustard fields and across enchanting countryside dotted with ancient Oak and Beech trees. Among the highlights are visits to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill with a landscaped park by Capability Brown, formal gardens at Sudeley castle where the Catherine 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.
We walk along footpaths that were trodden by sheep drovers during the middle ages as they brought their flocks to be shorn and then sold in the lively market towns of Broadway and Chipping Campden. The word Cotswolds comes from “cots” meaning stone sheep shelters and “wold” meaning rolling hills. This tour is about gentle walking, good company, tasty food and wine in traditional pub restaurants, and cheery pints of beer served by a smiley barman and a warm welcome from the locals.
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NOTE: Tours based in England are charged in local currency (GBP £). All other conversions are approximate.
We meet at 13.00 at Hanborough station. There are good connections from London Paddington station and Oxford. We drive to the pretty village of Woodstock and walk into the Blenheim estate, one of England’s largest houses, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1987) and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace! We then enjoy a picnic lunch at Blenheim Palace in the magnificent park landscaped by Capability Brown. Afterward, we tour the Palace of the Dukes of Marlborough where Sir Winston Churchill was born and walk around its stunning formal gardens, rock gardens and grounds. Restored to magnificence in the late-19th and early-20th centuries it is a great afternoon out!
Meals: Lunch / Dinner
We visit the delightful, bustling town of Stow-on-the-Wold with time to admire antiques and do a little shopping. Then we descend an 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 and gardens are kept. A picnic lunch with some rest and then our walk leads us to the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water with its eccentrically built miniature model of the village.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
A beautiful long walk starts at the Wool Town of Northleach and winds through quaint hamlets and sleepy villages with beautiful gardens, crossing meadows and woodland with wildflowers in abundance. We picnic at Yanworth before continuing on foot to our destination which lies close to the Fosse Way. This Roman road was built during Caesar’s invasion of Britain. At Chedworth in the sleepy Coln valley, we find the ruins of England’s finest Roman Villa. Time to enjoy the extensive excavations and pictorial mosaic floors.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
From the immaculate little village of Broad Campden we cross fields and go over Hangman’s hill to reach the village of Blockley for a picnic lunch and then, climbing the Cotswold escarpment, we pass through open fields to Moreton-in-Marsh stopping on the way at the Cotswold Falconry Centre to watch a world-class flying display.
Walk from Broadway to the honey-coloured stone cottages of Stanton village, along the famous ‘Cotswold Way’ path past Jacobean Stanway Manor to the majestic ruins of Hailes Abbey for a picnic lunch. After learning about the dissolution of the monasteries, cast your minds back to Tudor England life as we visit Sudeley Castle and its formal gardens where Katherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII lived.
After a sharp uphill climb to Broadway tower for spectacular views, we walk across open farmland to descend into the market town of Chipping Campden where there is free time to explore and have lunch.
In the afternoon we go to Hidcote Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are separated by walls or hedges with outstanding herbaceous borders that are always full of surprises.
In search of poetic inspiration, our first stop in Stratford-upon-Avon is at the 500-year-old half-timbered house that was the birthplace of William Shakespeare! Maybe we will be reciting lines now as we enjoy a delightful stroll through town to reach Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (Shakespeare’s wife) which is also steeped in history. From here we can walk along the quiet Stratford canal to the farmstead home of Mary Arden (Shakespeare’s mother) and maybe watch them bringing in the geese.
Departure from our hotel at 9.30 to drop off at Warwick Parkway station where trains go to London Marylebone station. Afterwards and by prior arrangement, we can also drop off at Birmingham airport.
If you wish, we can help you make other independent departure arrangements such as a bus/taxi to a London airport.
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Pick up for this tour is from Hanborough station.
Drop off is from Moreton-in-Marsh station.
Both stations have direct lines to London Paddington & Oxford.
Tours based in England are charged in local currency (GBP £). All the other conversions are approximate.
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We always look for attractive, clean and quiet rooms with private bathrooms. But, our priority is also to find the best possible accommodations to make sure that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.
The result is a fabulous selection of delightful hotels, medieval palaces, family-run hotels, country residences, manor houses, historic inns, luxurious alpine hotels – sometimes with a spa, sauna or swimming pool facilities – and all with character, good food and a friendly atmosphere.
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Getting out and about on foot is a wonderful way to slow down the pace, relax and get some healthy exercise.
When we walk we see so much more – grapevines, wildflowers, ancient oaks, wheat fields, avenues of cypresses and pine, time resistant hills and valleys.
As we stroll through historic towns we learn about the culture of the people; as we stand in the splendour of the countryside, beneath the soaring columns of ancient temples, abbey walls and turrets of medieval castles we marvel at man’s ability to conceive of and construct such monuments.
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