The Cotswold Way begins (or ends) in charming Chipping Campden. And, over three delightful days, we’ll immerse you in the best of the National Trail’s northern end. Here, over three days of walking, you’ll discover billowing green hills dotted with sheep, pretty villages of golden stone, eccentric gardens, impressive castles and cosy country pubs serving sensational meals.
We’ll pick you up from Moreton-in-Marsh (easily accessible by train) and deliver you into the heart of the north Cotswolds. This self-guided route means you can take things at your own pace, and choose to walk further or take shorter options as you see fit; perhaps you want to walk more miles, or perhaps you’d like to linger over lunch or take a ride on a heritage steam train? At the end of each day, a lovely hotel awaits, with comfy beds and a warm welcome.
The icons below highlight the distance, difficulty and theme of this itinerary.
walks from 5km to 17km
Rolling Countryside / Connecting Villages & Towns
History / Food & Drink
Walking / Heritage
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This itinerary is being operated by Active England, who specialise in active holidays across the country, including self-guided walks. Active England takes the hassle out of getting outdoors so you have more time to enjoy it.
Active England will arrange your whole tour: you just need to arrange transport to your first location.
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Immerse yourself in the best of the Cotswolds, at your own pace. This trip is a magical mix of must-see highlights and hidden treasures. Our handpicked hotels are the best in the region, providing relaxing retreats in which to rest at the end of the day, with your luggage transferred for you. This itinerary is three days long but can be extended to five days.
Our handpicked four-star and three-star hotels are the best in the Cotswolds, providing wonderful cuisine and a relaxing environment to rest weary feet at the end of the day. Prestige four-star options include the Cotswold House & Spa in Chipping Campden and the Broadway Hotel in Broadway. Country three-star options are the The Noel Arms in Chipping Campden and the Crown and Trumpet, Broadway.
The northern Cotswolds are dotted with delicious places to eat and drink. We will provide suggestions. Not to be missed are the Ebrington Arms near Chipping Campden, the Morris & Brown Café at Broadway Tower and the welcoming inns of Broadway and Winchcombe.
The grade of this tour is moderate – the terrain is varied with some gently rolling hills and a few steeper slopes. There are options for shortening distances.
Mix walks with other experiences along the Cotswold Way.
Guests arrive in the morning by Great Western Railway from London Paddington into Moreton in Marsh, a direct 90-minute journey. Our guides will meet you at the station and take you to the historic market town of Chipping Campden. At the end of the tour we will help guests organise their ongoing travel from Winchcombe station or nearby stations, including Cheltenham Spa.
This tour is rated three out of five for difficulty meaning it’s appropriate for guests who are able to walk throughout the day and handle rolling hills. The terrain we cover is varied. You’ll enjoy some rolling terrain and a few steeper walks that will be a bit more demanding. Rewarding views are guaranteed. Daily distances range between 5km and 17km.
We advise that you check opening times and booking restrictions before travelling.
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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.