Cotswold Way
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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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louiseWestSussex
west sussex4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Quite a lot of up and down. Don't go with Mac's Adventures. They sent us out of our way to some poor accomodation. It turned out to be a locals boozer- there was no where to sit other than the garden and in the morning they did not have enough tables for breakfast. Our room had a low beam which was marked with builders red and white hazard tape across the middle of it. On another night they changed our accomodation and did not tell us other than sending an email a few hours before we were due to arrive- which we did not check until too late. They also failed to book one of our taxi's until the day before it was needed, and only then after we had phoned numerous times.
Written August 11, 2022
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Bea M
Moreton-in-Marsh, UK342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
What a great way to explore the beautiful Cotswolds. We jeffed it (walk-run) the 100 miles over 5 days and although at times cursed the hills or the soreness of our legs and feet, we actually loved every minute!

It is hilly (hillier than the West Highland Way in Scotland!) but it is beautiful! It takes you through all the chocolate box villages and up to every view point, past delicious cafes (with the best shortbread millionaire).

You can do it in one hit over 4-10 days. Or you can do a section at a time, whenever you fancy it.

One thing is for sure, it is beautiful!
Written August 29, 2021
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downhillcyclist
United Kingdom335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Enjoyable walk along the Cotswold Way - lovely views
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Lovely walk from Chipping Camden to Bath through the Cotswolds. 102 miles, it seemed a little longer. Some hilly sections. We did it in 7 days walking - doable but not easy. Beautiful countryside, lovely views, historic sites and villages. I'd recommend using a company like Contours who will organise your accommodation and your luggage transfers. Our arrangements worked seamlessly.
Written June 1, 2022
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Pennybiker
Mill Valley, CA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
My husband and I walked the Cotswald Way, on our own, over six nights, booking our own b&b's or hotels. It was glorious. We walked an average of 12 to 14 miles a day(the last hour of two always felt hard.) Saw maybe 6 to 10 people a day on trails, all.spotlessly clean and safe. There wasn't food along the way, so bring snacks and water. We ate a big breakfast, and had apples and cliff bars and were fine. We walked over undulating green hills, sheep, horse and cow pastures, and through storybook forests and old villages with ancient churches and houses but no commerce. There were hills, but totally doable. It rained about twenty minutes a day, but not hard. We carried rain coats, hat and rain pants but didn't use the paints. It is signposted clearly about 90% of the time. Hubby downloaded local ordinance maps which show every stile and landmark. And he had GPS on top of that so we always knew where we were, and which way to go. We did meet poor souls who go lost-- and saw them later in the hotel, so do make sure you get good directions.
Written July 18, 2023
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S_Hvass
Bramming, Denmark704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We hiked the entire Cotswolds Way in a week in august, and we simply loved it. It goes through beautiful and chaging landscapes, and we were surprised by the hillyness of the area. We knew little about the Cotswolds before deciding to go there, and we learned a lot about the history of the area during our hike. There are many lovely places to sleep and eat along the path; old, crooked and historical inns and cozy B&Bs, and we just loved it. We started out in Chipping Campden, and we found the first half of the path the most beautiful. We especially liked the area around Cleeve Hill. A complaint would be the couple of places where you have to cross very trafficked roads - that was actually very scary and felt dangerous! A nice feature is the marking of the start/finish in Chipping Campden, which makes it rather official. Maybe something like that could be made in Bath to, because it feels a bit like an anticlimax finishing here without any marking. The signage on the path is really good. There are many stinging nettless along the path so a word of advice is to dress to avoid being burned.
Written September 10, 2023
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Caro M
London, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
I can only speak about the part from Chipping Campden to Birdlip.

On the positive side, I very much enjoyed the part from Chipping Campden to Cleeve Hill. It's a very recreational walk and incredibly well waymarked for a British Trail (don't expect anything close to Switzerland or Germany though). Easy to follow most of the time but do bring a OS maps and download a GPX file just in case for reassurance. I loved Broadyway, Stanton and Winchcombe and the fact that you got clottes cream with scones (not the case in London). Also compared to other UK trails, very few cows (which I find intimidating).

On the negative, I felt that the trail followed very close to major roads (you can hear them in the far background and once you tune in, it's hard not to notice). This became particularly so as of Dowdeswell as you get close to towns such as Cheltenham and Gloucester. Only then I checked the rest of the way and realised it would be for most parts until Bath. As beautiful and recreational as Chipping Campden to Cleeve Hill was, I didn't enjoy the part from Cleeve Hill to Birdlip. You cross roads a few times with fast traffic and a horrific roundabout close to the Air Balloon Hotel. I had to get back to London anyways, but have doubts I'd return to complete it. I'm surprised none of the posts mention this before.
Written October 12, 2020
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RossT1984
Braintree, UK394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The Cotswolds Way as a whole is I believe over 100 miles long so I couldn’t possibly comment on all of it. 😂
We only walked a few sections near Birdlip, Little Witcombe and the Gloucester area in general. Even here we encountered a variety of landscapes and saw some beautiful scenery. Also in spite of its relative fame as a walking route, we were virtually on our own most of the time so it was lovely and peaceful as well.
Written August 26, 2020
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jpvin
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The "Leckhampton Loop", starting at Seven Streams, took in a section of the Cotswold Way, and was a gorgeous walk. So well maintained, taking in the great variety of the Cotswold countryside. A few steeper sections, but really not difficult, and well worth the 2 hours or so!
Written September 5, 2021
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Akin A
London, UK378 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Lovely route for a walk. The views on the hill are stunning. Highly recommend for a nice countryside walk.

The hill is quite steep though, which may be tough for children or those with physical ailments.
Written November 15, 2020
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dan o
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Did the Cotswold Way walk arranged through Cotswolds Way Walks.
Adam. Andrew and Barbara were fantastic to work with.
Very professional in every step of the process.
They found us very nice accomodations for every night, all including breakfast, arranged our luggage transport, and supplied taxi service when the accomodation was not close to the walking path.
They were very responsive to any questions and accomodating with a requested change after starting the walk, to lessen the mileage of one day's walk and splitting it up over 2 days.
I highly recommend Cotswold Way Walks.
Written September 30, 2023
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