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The Cotswolds is a 787 square mile expanse of countryside in the south of England, making it the biggest of England’s 38 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (an accolade on par with that of a national park.) What can be more uplifting than a week in the stereotypically charming English countryside?
For those that are caught up in the drudgeries of urban living in England, it‘s often easy to forget that there is a plethora of gorgeous country landscapes right on the doorstep. For people who have never visited the England and its countryside, the fanciful notions of gentle hills peppered with quaint little hamlets aren’t actually that far from the mark!
The Cotswolds, often referred to as ’the heart of England’, is one such place. This tour will take you across the Cotswold Way, 102 miles of fairly easy paced walking, starting from the medieval market town of Chipping Campden and finishing up at the ancient city of Bath. Along the way you’ll take in some amazingly expansive views and stay in a hand-picked selection of 3 and 4 star accommodation.
The tour’s itinerary features visits to a lot of the idyllic towns and villages which make up the Cotswold communities. The history of these places often stretch back to antiquity, and you’ll find well preserved examples of structures that even go back as far as the iron and bronze ages. Of course, the climax of the tour as far as history is considered is at the end point - nearly four million tourists a year come to the city of Bath to see its fantastic Roman architecture, and is (arguably) the most fascinating cultural and historic city outside of London.
The famed British hospitality also shines through in the numerous inns and B&Bs which make up your accommodation for the week. The classic country pub is an institution in England - after a long day in the fresh air, make sure you take half an hour out to ’quaff an ale’ at the bar!
The walking tour is generally easy going and follows well maintained paths and bridleways, but a certain level of fitness is helpful in tackling some of the steep slopes leading up and down the hills. You’ll cover a lot of ground on a daily basis, but if you’d like to break the Cotswold Way up into smaller sections you can extend the tour (see itinerary notes below.) Good walking footwear, warm and waterproof clothing and a day bag are required - your main luggage will be transferred to your next stop during each day but it is asked that you keep this luggage to one 15kg case per person.
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