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The Cotswold Way — hike the iconic trail in one week

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The Cotswold Way — hike the iconic trail in one week

Hiking Collection by komoot

7-16

days

3-6 h

/ day

108 mi

11,425 ft

11,850 ft

The Cotswold Way is an iconic long-distance walking trail that meanders through the stunning countryside, magical woodlands and ancient villages of the Cotswolds.

Steeped in history, tradition and beauty every step-of-the-way, the trail rewards challengers with 102 miles (164 kilometers) of magical hiking through one of the prettiest areas in the UK.

The Cotswold Way begins in the picturesque market town of Chipping Campden and finishes in the World Heritage City of Bath.

The route runs for most of its length along the Cotswold escarpment—which offers wonderful long-distance views over the surrounding lowlands—and passes a plethora of historic sites, including the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap, Hailes Abbey, Roman heritage sites at Bath, as well as many beautiful churches, monuments and historic manor houses.

If you research the Cotswold Way online, you will find a host of tour companies offering guided or self-guided packages. While this is absolutely fine, it is by no-means essential.

This Collection offers you an easy-to-follow seven-day plan to take on the Cotswold Way. In every route, all the historic sites and points of interest are flagged up for you. There is even a recommended accommodation option for every night and, where possible, a budget option.

For the purposes of this Collection, we have opted for challenging hikes so you complete the route in one week. To undertake this, you will need a good level of fitness and comfortable walking boots. That said, the gently undulating landscape of the Cotswolds makes for relatively leisurely hiking, so these routes are not as difficult as they might first appear.

However, if you feel these routes are a little long, or if you want to allow a little more time to explore the many points of interest, it can very easily be undertaken in a fortnight. If this sounds more suitable, try splitting the route as follows:

1. Chipping Campden to Broadway: 6 miles (9.6 kilometers)
2. Broadway to Wood Stanway: 6.5 miles (10.5 kilometers)
3. Wood Stanway to Winchcombe: 5.4 miles (8.8 kilometers)
4. Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill: 5.6 miles (9 kilometers)
5. Cleeve Hill to Leckhampton Hill: 10.2 miles (16.4 kilometers)
6. Leckhampton Hill to Birdlip: 5.6 miles (9 kilometers)
7. Birdlip to Painswick: 8.6 miles (13.9 kilometers)
8. Painswick to King’s Stanley: 7.8 miles (12.6 kilometers)
9. King’s Stanley to Dursley: 7.2 miles (11.6 kilometers)
10. Dursley to Wotton-Under-Edge: 7.3 miles (11.8 kilometers)
11. Wotton-Under-Edge to Hawkesbury Upton: 7.4 miles (11.9 kilometers)
12. Hawkesbury Upton to Tormarton: 7.7 miles (12.4 kilometers)
13. Tormarton to Cold Ashton: 6.6 miles (10.6 kilometers)
14. Cold Ashton to Bath: 10.2 miles (16.4 kilometers)

If you intend to arrive by car, Chipping Campden Taxis offer a fantastic service for hikers undertaking the Cotswold Way. For £5 a day, you can leave your vehicle with them in a secure, monitored car park with electronic gates.

Once you have finished the route, they can provide a taxi from Bath for £135. Alternatively, you can catch a train from Bath to Ashchurch and then catch a taxi back to Chipping Campden for £40. If you use the taxi service—for any journey—you receive a £5 discount on parking. For more information call 01386 840111 or visit chippingcampdentaxis.co.uk/cotswoldwaycarparking.

If you intend to come via public transport, the nearest railway station to Chipping Campden is Moreton-in-Marsh, which is served by frequent services from London Paddington and Birmingham. You can then take the number one bus service from Moreton-in-Marsh to Chipping Campden, or catch a taxi. Once you have completed the route, there are services all over the country from Bath Railway Station.

For bus times between Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden visit bustimes.org/services/1-stratford-upon-avon-mickleton-chipping-campden-m.

For train timetables, tickets and prices, visit thetrainline.com.

For more information about The Cotswold Way, visit nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold-way and for more information about The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, visit cotswolds.com.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    06:39
    14.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first leg of the Cotswold Way starts in Chipping Campden, a historic wool-merchant town with medieval architecture and one of the most beautiful high streets in England.

    From there, …

  • Difficult
    05:28
    11.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second day begins with a steep climb from Wood Stanway onto the escarpment. Your efforts are richly rewarded, though, as the views across the Vale of Evesham and the …

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  • Difficult
    07:23
    16.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Day three begins at the highest point along the Cotswold Way, Cleeve Common; where you are treated to extensive views over Cheltenham and the surrounding landscape.

    The trail then descends …

  • Difficult
    08:08
    17.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,700 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth leg starts nearby the remains of a Roman villa before ascending Cooper’s Hill, the site of the most bizarre contest in England: cheese rolling.

    The world-famous event, which …

  • Difficult
    07:17
    15.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Day five leaves King’s Stanley, passes through the village of Middleyard and then ascends into Penn Wood.

    You then hike through woodland to Nympsfield Long Barrow; one of the earliest …

  • Difficult
    06:39
    14.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    To start day six, you climb up onto the escarpment once again and pass close to the National Trust property of Newark Park.

    You then follow a woodland track to …

  • Difficult
    07:23
    16.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The final leg of the Cotswold Way leaves Tormarton and crosses farmland to Dyrham Park; home to an ancient deer park and a 7th-century manor.

    From there, you climb through …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    108 mi
  • Duration
    48:56 h
  • Elevation
    11,425 ft11,850 ft
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The Cotswold Way — hike the iconic trail in one week