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Escape to the Cotswolds

From £839 pp

England, The Cotswolds

3 nights/4 days

Private group 2-8

Escape to the Cotswolds

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What You'll Do

Enjoy a short private escape to the idyllic Cotswolds, and explore breathtaking monuments, stunning palaces, and discover unique, local experiences that you wouldn't find yourself.

Our 4-day, 3-night tour will lead you through our stunning Cotswold countryside, through fields and over rolling hills to stay in honey-coloured Cotswold villages and bustling market towns. The Cotswold hills are perfect walking country, taking winding lanes and national footpaths, you will feel as if you’ve been transported back in time to an era when sheep and dry-stone walling were the biggest signs of industry.

Your guide will take you to magnificent Broadway Tower, from which you can drink in the views of 16 different counties and the brooding Black Mountains in Wales. Explore the decadent Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Churchill, and head to the prettiest Cotswold villages and bustling market towns to soak up the traditional sights, local produce and excellent local cuisine.

Relax and enjoy walking from palaces to country pubs, around lush, unique gardens, along the rivers and more. Try unique local experiences, like sampling the local cuisine during the ‘Parade of Seven Puddings’ and the famous ‘Trio of Trout’.

With stunning views around every corner, excellent accommodation, wonderful pubs and beautiful cuisine, this will be an experience you won’t forget.

Experience
Highlights

Get off the beaten track and discover stunning, secret walks with your local guides

Explore the unique Cotswolds cuisine and try exquisite local trout and traditional puddings

Discover fascinating sights such as the magical Broadway Tower and Blenheim Palace

Your Local Host:

Will

Will was born and raised in the Cotswolds. Following a family cycle trip in France, Will discovered a passion for active travel and brought it home with him. With the goal of showing off our beautiful English countryside in all its glory, through beautifully crafted active cycling, walking and adventure tours.

Experience Itinerary

Head to the Cotswolds

A day dedicated to the Cotswolds. In the morning we walk from the golden-stoned Chipping Campden with its impressive market hall, built in 1627 and its fascinating civil war history – lived-out in the ruins on the outskirts of the town.

Heading through the fields to the stunning gardens at Hidcote, for lunch and to explore its internationally renowned gardens – special because of its series of outdoor rooms and as the first National Trust property to be purchased for its gardens rather than the building itself.

For garden lovers there is the option to visit Kiftsgate gardens 200m around the corner, run by three generations of women and home to the famous Kiftsgate Rose.

We visit Broadway Tower overlooking the northernmost extreme of the Cotswolds, Broadway Tower, from where you can see 16 counties and to the Black Mountains of Wales, before walking into Broadway town itself, one of the prettiest villages the Cotswolds has to offer.

We take the short transfer back to our hotel in Moreton in Marsh in the late afternoon for an evening of entertainment to celebrate Great British Puddings; a light main course followed by a ‘Parade of Seven Traditional Puddings’, a true highlight of the week, with a vote for your favourite dessert over coffee – from Eton Mess to Sticky Toffee Pudding and Gooseberry Fool – which will you pick?

Walking options 4 miles and 7 miles

Blenheim Palaces and Churchill

We head out from the hotel through the beautiful Cotswolds to start our walk in Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born and a World Heritage Site. With 3000 acres of Capability Brown parkland to explore, todays walk is a stunning wander around lakes, serpentine streams, woodland and into the Palace itself for an audio tour of this historical palace in the afternoon.

We provide guests with a sumptuous picnic spread over-looking the Capability Brown parklands and have ample time to explore the historical palace on a guided audio tour and walk through some of the 3000 acre estate.

There is the option to visit the tucked away and little-known graveyard of Churchill and his relatives, hidden just outside the Blenheim Estate. In the early evening we return to Burford and your hotel in this pretty market town.

Walking options: 5 miles and 8 miles

Accommodation

You can choose between a 3* country hotel or a 4* prestige hotel

outside of a hotel in the cotswolds

The Most Beautiful Village in England

We transfer the short journey to the village of Barnsley to walk across fields, along rivers, through woodlands and into Bibury, famous for its row of weavers’ cottages, Arlington Row, pictured inside the cover of British passports.

It’s easy to see why William Morris called Bibury ‘The most beautiful village in England’ – with its wonderful stone buildings strung out along the banks of the River Coln. If you are peckish – taste the delicious and famous ‘Trio of Trout’, reared less than a mile away; smoked, baked and poached!

We travel back to Burford in the afternoon, stopping in Swinbrook, to walk from the famous Mitford Sisters’ childhood home, along the River Windrush and to your hotel.

Walking options: 5 miles and 7 miles

Accommodation

You can choose between a 3* country hotel or a 4* prestige hotel

hotel bedroom in the cotswolds

Saying Farewell in Oxford

We travel to Eynsham on the outskirts of Oxford and walk along the Thames, through the locks, into Port Meadow and past Godstow Abbey into the centre of town.

This beautiful route is the best way into Oxford, along the winding river banks, past the wild ponies and the Oxford rowing huts, and with plenty of opportunities for some perfect coffee-stops for views over the river.

From here we’ll say our farewells at Oxford station and help you with any ongoing travel arrangements.

Walking options: 4 miles and 7 miles

Reviews (1)

Des

Saturday 19th September, 2020

My husband and I were looking for a guided walk through the countryside of England that included classic pubs. Not only did the host provide that, but they also included the popular and little known historically sites in the area. Eric took excellent...

My husband and I were looking for a guided walk through the countryside of England that included classic pubs. Not only did the host provide that, but they also included the popular and little known historically sites in the area. Eric took excellent care of us (as we were not as prepared for the country side walking as we should have been). They customized our itinerary to accommodate us. They were always on time, prepared and willing to go the extra mile. We Highly recommend this group!

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Location Information

Your tour begins in the village of Moreton-in-Marsh, a gorgeous little market town at the north end of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It’s an excellent base to venture into the Cotswolds themselves, to discover breathtaking towers with views of 16 different counties, remote, cosy pubs where you can relax after a day in the fresh air and the rolling green hills.

The adventure ends in the iconic Oxford, where we will help you with any plans you need for your onward journey.

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 2 dinners (in the brasserie / bar)
  • Entry into all iconic points of interest
  • Transport throughout
  • Professional local guide
  • Walking poles

FAQs

This tour is rated 2/5 for difficulty meaning it’s appropriate for guests going for a good walk and can handle an incline or two. The terrain we cover is varied. We’ll enjoy some rolling hills, and a few steeper walks which will be a bit more demanding.

Your holiday, however, will be tailored by your guide to suit your individual preferences. Rewarding views are guaranteed. Daily distances range from 4-10 miles and options for shorter or longer walks are available on all days.

You will spend one night staying in The Manor or Redesdale in Moreton-in-Marsh, one night in The Highway or The Lamb in Burford, and one night in The Bird in Bath.

All options are luxurious, comfortable and bursting with country character, and guarantee you a pleasant stay in the Cotswolds. There is free parking, wifi and upgrades available at every option.