My husband and I walked the Cotswold Way in June, 2013, with five other couples from San Diego, California. We hiked 70 miles of the 102-mile trail, to symbolically celebrate our 70th birthdays. The average age of the group was 67. We all like to hike, but we don’t enjoy carrying heavy backpacks or sleeping in tents, and at the end of the day we appreciate a good dinner cooked by someone else, perhaps accompanied by a glass of wine or local ale. We wanted to start at the north end of the trail in Chipping Campden and finish at the south end of the trail in Bath, walking no more than 10 miles a day, for about nine days.
We found the perfect person to make it all happen in Andrew, of Cotswold Walks, a local outfitter who personally knows the owners of inns and restaurants all along the Cotswold Way. Andrew arranged to have our bags transported to the next inn each day by local taxi drivers, who sometimes ferried tired members of our group, as well. We each carried only a small backpack with water, snacks, camera and emergency rain gear. When the distance between towns was more than 10 miles and when we wanted a lift for the last few miles of trail along the busy highway into Bath, he arranged for van drivers to pick us up and deliver us to the next inn. In this way, we saw the best of the best, along 70 miles of the trail.
We can’t say enough good things about Andrew and his company, Cotswold Walks. Through his local connections, he personally made sure we were well taken care of at each of the inns and that we toured the most interesting castles, abbeys and archaeological sites along the way. Andrew even took care of the weather, as we hiked under sunny skies for nine days, with no rain until the last hour of our hike, just outside of Bath.
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