The Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath
This self-guided walking tour traverses the undulating rural landscapes of the Cotswold escarpment, famed for its honey stone cottages, dry stone walls and delicious local delicacies. Discover fabulous places to eat and drink as you make your way through idyllic English countryside to the elegant historic city of Bath. Bespoke daily mileage and holiday duration available.
Experience the quintessential Cotswolds, starting in the village of Chipping Campden at the northern start of the Cotswold Way and ending in the elegant spa city of Bath to the south. The walk traverses varied Cotswold countryside along an established, well-marked path, taking in stately homes, gardens and castles along the way with stops and overnight stays in typical Cotswold towns and villages. The daily mileage is gentle to moderate with the occasional strenuous slope with outstanding views as your reward. On a 10 day/11 night tour, the average daily mileage is around 10 miles (subject to your accommodation), although the mileage can be increased or decreased according to the preference of the walker.
Moderate to Challenging
History / Food and drink
The Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath
Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.
This itinerary is being operated by Compass Holidays, who specialise in walking, cycling and activity short breaks and holidays in a variety of UK, European and worldwide destinations.
With more than 25 years’ experience, Compass Holidays allow you to get under the skin of the history, culture and natural beauty of some of the world’s most iconic and stunning locations.
Compass will arrange your whole tour: you just need to arrange transport to your first location.
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Starting in the pretty Cotswold market town of Chipping Campden, this 102-mile route follows the ridge of the Cotswold escarpment through delightfully undulating countryside and picturesque villages to Bath. Daily distances are very manageable to allow plenty of time for further discovery and exploration.
Day 1 - Arrive Chipping Campden
Day 2 - Chipping Campden to Stanton
Day 3 - Stanton to Winchcombe
Day 4 - Winchcombe to Cheltenham
Day 5 - Cheltenham to Birdlip
Day 6 - Birdlip to Painswick
Day 7 - Painswick to Stonehouse
Day 8 - Stonehouse to Wooton Under Edge
Day 9 - Wooton Under Edge to Old Sodbury
Day 10 - Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton
Day 11 - Cold Ashton to Bath
Compass Holidays use a variety of pubs, guest houses and B&B’s, all of a minimum 3 star grading standard. All accommodation providers are well established and understand the needs of walkers along the Cotswold Way.
Overnight stays include famous old pubs such as The Eight Bells, The Ebrington Arms, The Churchill Arms – all in Chipping Campden; the Royal George at Birdlip and the Rising Sun Hotel on Cleeve Hill. In Bath itself, the Wheelwrights Arms and The Boathouse are highly regarded.
Air / Sea
The Cotswold Way is extremely popular during the summer months, however walking in the springtime enables the sights of new blossom and animals. Autumn provides a spectacular explosion of colour. If you are reasonably fit then you will be able to walk the Cotswold Way, there are a number of steep hill climbs, which can prove more challenging.
Food & Drink
The overwhelmingly rural landscapes of the Cotswolds are something of a foodie paradise, where a string of enchanting old inns make the most of abundant local produce. Along the route, look out for Gloucestershire Old Spot Sausages, Double Gloucester and Single Gloucester Cheese, Stinking Bishop Cheese, Bibury Trout, Tewkesbury Mustard and a vast array of local ales and beers and ciders. Ask Compass Holidays for recommendations of where to eat within your budget, but be warned there are so many places, it might be hard to make your mind up!
Maps, Guidebooks and 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.
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