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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.

Tour Overview

The icons below highlight the distance, difficulty and theme of this itinerary.

Days

4

Distance

Walks from 6.5km to 8km

Difficulty

Easy

Landscape

Rolling Countryside / Connecting Villages & Towns

Theme

History / Food & Drink

Activities & Experiences

Walking / Heritage / Wellness

Cotswold Way: Luxury Walking Short Break

Here’s everything you need to help you plan your very own walking and exploring break in the Cotswolds. Click on the blue arrow tabs below for more information. To save this itinerary to view later, use the Save to My Rucksack button at the top of the page.

Tour details

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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Included

  • Three/four nights luxury ensuite accommodation with full English breakfast.
  • The services of our friendly local host to welcome and brief you, share their local knowledge and look after you.
  • Passenger transfers to and from the start of each day’s walk as specified.
  • Emergency 24-hour phone number and support.
  • Adventure Handbook full of information, history and photos of the area your tour covers, as well as insider tips on how to discover the local secrets and hidden gems most tourists never see.
  • GPS route directions and OS maps.
  • Waterproof phone holder, powerbank and lead (one per room) for you to keep.

NOT INCLUDED: Airfares; travel to and from the trip start and finish points unless specified; entrances to attractions unless specified; boat fares unless specified; lunches and dinners unless specified; alcoholic beverages, mini bars and meals before and after the trip.

Itinerary

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

Arrive at your luxurious hotel in the old coaching village of Broadway, one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, with a wide, tree-lined main street and cluster of medieval almshouses. Your host will meet you to run through your itinerary and answer any questions. Then spend the rest of the day as you wish, perhaps exploring the village’s history museum, Arts & Crafts heritage, cafes and boutiques, drinking in the Cotswold views or simply relaxing in your gorgeous home-from-home.

Overnight in Broadway.

Day 2 Broadway: To The Tower

After a hearty English breakfast, set off up the scarp slope to Broadway Tower. Your exertions are richly rewarded – from the top of the 18th-century folly, the view sweeps across 16 counties. Grab a drink in the cafe before wandering down again through woodland and sheep-grazed fields, making a short detour to Dormy House – the height of farmhouse chic – for a delicious lunch, before heading back to Broadway.

Walk: 8km. Overnight in Broadway.

Day 3 Broadway: Spectacular Stanton

Set off for Stanton, an unspoiled Cotswold village nestled on the slopes of Shenbarrow Hill. Your walk traverses the middle slopes of the scarp, with a few ups and downs to keep it interesting. Settle in for a lovely, leisurely lunch in The Mount Inn at Stanton, before we transfer you back to Broadway with plenty of time to unwind in the pool or spa at your hotel.

Walk: 7km. Overnight in Broadway.

Day 4 Broadway: Sudeley Castle & Steam Trains

Start the day with a ride aboard a steam train, to travel from Broadway to Hailes Abbey (we’ll arrange a transfer if the train is not running). Amble around the romantic 13th-century ruins before continuing into Winchcombe along the Cotswold Way. 

After lunch at one of the town’s handsome inns, stroll to 15th-century Sudeley Castle. The gardens are magnificent; four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – have all wandered its Tudor parterre. Explore at leisure; we will take you back to Broadway from here for your trip home, or one last night at your hotel if you can’t bear to leave.

Walk: 6.5km. Overnight in Broadway or return home.

Accommodation

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.

Activities

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.

Walks 
  • Circular Walk to Broadway Tower, 8km
  • Broadway to Stanton, 7km
  • Broadway to Winchcombe, 6.5km

Experiences

The slow pace of this luxe walking break allows time to explore some of the other sites of the northern Cotswolds.

Cycling

The Carter Company specialises in slow-paced walking and cycling breaks. 

Travel

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.

Advice

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. 

Please check out these links for latest advice when in the countryside

Countryside Code 

COVID-19 Guidance 

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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.