Cotswold Way: Luxury Walking Short Break
And relax… This four-day self-guided walking trip to the northern Cotswolds takes things nice and slow. You’ll stay in the old coaching village of Broadway, home to medieval almshouses and some truly splendid hotels, where you can sink into dreamy beds, curl up by log fires, de-stress in the spa and make easy forays into the surrounding countryside.
From your Broadway base, head out on a handful of easy strolls, designed with inside knowledge to showcase the best of the region. Using scenic sections of the Cotswold Way and other trails, meander between golden-hued villages and rippling green hills, call in at a castle visited by Tudor queens, ride to a medieval abbey by heritage steam railway and indulge in unhurried pub lunches at characterful inns.
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Walks from 6.5km to 8km
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Cotswold Way: Luxury Walking Short Break
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This itinerary has been created by The Carter Company, who specialise in luxury self-guided walking holidays in the UK and Europe. The Carter Company prides itself on booking superior accommodation in quality hotels and boutique B&Bs, and drawing on unrivalled local knowledge to provide real ‘insiders’ tours.
The Carter Company will arrange your whole tour: you just need to arrange transport to your first location.
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Based in the beautiful village of Broadway, spend four days in the northern Cotswolds, combining gentle, scenic walks along parts of the Cotswold Way, with lovely long lunches, historic sites, a steam train ride and plenty of down-time for relaxing in your luxurious hotel.
Day 1 Arrive in Broadway
Day 2 Broadway: To The Tower
Day 3 Broadway: Spectacular Stanton
Day 4 Broadway: Sudeley Castle & Steam Trains
For this itinerary, The Carter Company accommodates walkers in the luxurious Lygon Arms hotel in Broadway for three or four nights, depended on availability.
Food & Drink
Eating is always a pleasure in the Cotswolds, thanks to the quality local produce and the region’s high number of excellent restaurants, country pubs, tea rooms and cafes. The Carter Company can provide suggestions. Luxurious Dormy House (near Broadway), The Mount Inn at Stanton and the lovely inns in Winchcombe are all en route.
This itinerary is gentle, with walks of shortish distances and a laid-back pace, leaving time to combine walking with things like exploring castles or enjoying long pub lunches.
- Circular Walk to Broadway Tower, 8km
- Broadway to Stanton, 7km
- Broadway to Winchcombe, 6.5km
The slow pace of this luxe walking break allows time to explore some of the other sites of the northern Cotswolds.
- Broadway Tower – Museum, deer park, shop, cafes and nuclear bunker.
- Sudeley Castle – Impressive 15th-century castle and gardens.
- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway – Restored heritage line running between Cheltenham and Broadway and stopping at Hailes Abbey Halt.
- Hailes Abbey – Peaceful ruins of a 13th-century abbey, set amid charming Cotswold countryside.
The Carter Company specialises in slow-paced walking and cycling breaks.
This itinerary does not include transport to the start of the walk. The nearest train stations to Broadway are Evesham, Honeybourne and Moreton-in-Marsh, all serviced by Great Western Railway from London and within a short drive of Broadway; frequent buses run from Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh to Broadway. We can arrange private transfers.
The walking is gentle, with a few ups and downs. A local host is on hand to look after you.
We advise that you check opening times and booking restrictions before travelling.
For more information about how to Respect, Protect and Enjoy nature please visit the Countryside Code.
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Maps, Guidebooks & Merchandise
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.