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“Cotswold Way...perfect way to spend 7-8 days” 5 of 5 stars
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Cotswold Way
Cheltenham, England
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Cheltenham
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Trails, Cultural
Activities: Walking, Hiking
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Owner description: This 104-mile hiking trail starts close to Shakespeare's Stratford and finishes in Bath, as it winds through pretty countryside and delightful villages steeped in history.
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“Cotswold Way...perfect way to spend 7-8 days”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2011

We (husband and wife) walked the 102 mile Cotswold Way in seven days, averaging about 15 miles per day. It is a perfect walk in many respects...scenic, bucolic without being isolated, and challenging in parts without being unduly strenuous. We chose to wing it...we each carried a small pack (which had everything we needed) and did not book rooms in advance. This allowed us flexibility...we could walk further some days, shorter others, and stay at inns/B&B's that appealed to us. Research in advance (there is a great Cotswold Way website) gave us a good idea about possible accommodations. We used the Cicerone Guide, which has a map in it; missing a turn occasionally and getting temporarily lost happens, but in a way that makes it more exciting. There are tour groups which will book your accommodation in advance, transport your (unnecessarily) bulky luggage, etc.; many prefer to do it that way.

Bath, at the end of the trail, is a nice place to relax for a day or two...the baths/showers/spas offer a great relaxation opportunity. There are some good restaurants and shops (aqua blue glass is a trademark of the area). London is only about two hours by train from there. TIP in Heathrow: stay at the YoTel in the airport, for convenience and price, if you are flying from there.

Visited May 2010
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“Cotswold way - Excelent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

My wife and I walked the Cotswold way from Chipping Campden to Bath in September 2009. We really enjoyed this beautiful but not overly challenging route.
The route effectivly follows a ridge with excelent views over the surrounding countryside. It periodically pops down from the ridge to take you through pretty villages and towns.
We did the walk over 7 days. walking from Chipping Campden to Stanton, Cleve Hill, Birdlip, Kings Stanley, Wooton Under Edge Tomarton and finishing with a night in Bath.
All of the accommodation we stayed at was excelent with the exception of the Kings Head in Kings Stanley and Travel Lodge Bath. I've put detailed feedback on the site for these places.
Towns are almost ideally located so that you are somewhere for lunch and no day's walking is excessive.
The first few days are probably the best as you walk through some very pretty villages.
The route is extremely well signposted for the most part although I would still recommend taking the official guidbook for all of the local information that it provides.
I would highly recommend the National Trail website for planning the route and accommodation along the way.
We also used the Sherpa van service to transport our luggage which was worth every penny.
The one significant let down is that there is not easy public transportation from one end of route to the other. We ended up getting a train from Bath to Cheltenham and then a taxi from there which wasn't cheap.
I'd highly recommend this walk to anyone.

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“cotswold circular walk 09May-16May '10”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2010

we just finished a week circular walk start at chipping camden/moreton-in-marsh/stow on wold/winchcombe/broadway/chipping camden by CotswoldWalkingHolidays.Each cost 410GBP at B&Bs with walking maps instruction provided. we are non experience walker but we did it and we are seniors at 60+ so anyone interested should try it. by the way It's a beautiful Countrysides you have to Walk it to eexperiencece it.
We are planning to return again.

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“Walking the Cotswold Way is a grand adventure and wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

The Cotswold Way is a path from Chipping Camden to Bath. It is a spectacular hike through the Cotswolds, going through fields, forests, small villages and towns. We used Contours to book it and they organized moving the luggage, so you only hike with a day pack. You can also select the number of days you want to walk. The path is well marked and you will be provided very good maps. If you are in good enough shape to do this, its a must.

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