Broadway Tower (c) Anthony Paul Ltd / courtesy of Cotswold Tourism

Classic Cotswolds Activities

8 days
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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 12+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
M07CW
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
New Mixed-Activity Holidays
Min age:
12

This self-guided 7-night walking and cycling tour takes you through some of the most picturesque villages and some of the best scenery in the north Cotswolds.

The Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has scenic rolling hills and meadows and a wealth of quintessentially English villages of honey-coloured stone buildings. You'll visit world-famous villages including Chipping Campden and the Slaughters and have the chance to visit Broadway Tower Country Park and Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property full of extraordinary treasures.

Overnight stays are in Moreton-in-Marsh, a town that dates back 1000 years, the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe with Sudeley Castle close by and Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. There are lots of options each day for places to eat lunch and dinner.

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful scenery of the Cotswolds - England's 2nd largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - rolling hills and honey-coloured villages by bike and on foot
  • Visit the market towns of Chipping Campden, Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Stay in the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe and visit Sudeley Castle (last resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's 6th wife)
  • Outstanding views across the Cotswolds from Broadway Tower Country Park
  • Stunning gardens and historical manor houses including National Trust gardens

Key information

  • 7 Nights, self-guided hotel to hotel
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Route directions provided for both walking and cycling options
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • All Breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • High quality bikes
  • Route directions and maps with navigation app
  • Luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Hotel upgrades
  • Electric bike hire upgrade
  • Transfers to and from hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Visas & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

Walks on this holiday are on village streets, country lanes, farm tracks and rural paths. Cycle routes are on tarmac roads and country lanes.

Day by day breakdown
Day 242.0km/26.0miles
Day 317.5km/11.0miles
Day 431.0km/19.0miles
Day 544.0km/27.0miles
Day 616.0km/9.5miles
Day 749.0km/30.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Moreton-in-Marsh
to
Moreton-in-Marsh
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh

    Arrive in Moreton-in-Marsh and explore some of the antique shops and art galleries.
    Stay overnight at The White Hart Royal Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Moreton-in-Marsh to Winchcombe (via Chipping Campden)

    Depending on your day of arrival, you will be met at 9am for your briefing and will be provided with your bikes for the holiday, adjusted to your specifications.

    Cycle along country lanes into Chipping Campden, known for its elegant High Street. Continue uphill to Broadway Tower Country Park, worth a detour for the amazing views of the Cotswolds. You'll then pass through the lavender fields at Snowshill, an amazing kick to the senses around harvest time (early July). Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property full of the extraordinary treasures collected by Charles Wade, can also be visited before continuing on through Stanway and on to Winchcombe.
    Stay overnight at The White Hart Inn or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Winchcombe Circular Walk

    Today you have a choice of two 9km walks, one walk takes you through the Sudeley Valley, across fields up to St Kenelm's Well for views over Winchcombe and the surrounding countryside before returning to Winchcombe via Sudeley Castle. The alternative walk follows a section of the Cotswold Way through farm and woodland to Belas Knap, a neolithic, chambered long barrow. Or, do both!
    Stay overnight at The White Hart Inn or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Winchcombe to Bourton-on-the-Water

    Cycle through the charming villages of Guiting Power, Lower Swell and Lower Slaughter, all of which will offer ideal chocolate-box photo opportunities. There will be plenty of chances to stop for refreshments, from the 'post office' in Guiting Power offering superb tea and cake, to the wonderful Slaughters Country Inn with its lovely garden. Continue to Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' and your base for the next 3 nights.
    Stay overnight at The Manor Close B&B or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Bourton-on-the-Water Circular Cycle Loop

    Today's cycle route takes you through the beautiful villages of Great Rissington and Great Barrington on some of the best 'off the beaten track' routes in the Cotswolds. There is an optional extension of the route to visit Burford with its charming high street sloping down to the Windrush river and Northleach with its beautiful wool church and museum of Mechanical Music before returning to Winchcombe.
    Stay overnight at The Manor Close B&B or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Bourton-on-the-Water Circular Walk

    You have a choice of a longer or shorter walking route today. The longer route takes you first along the River Windrush to Naunton with its ancient dovecote and continues through Upper and Lower Slaughter, the shorter route takes you on a loop though the Slaughters allowing more time to explore these pretty villages.
    Stay overnight at The Manor Close B&B or similar.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Bourton-on-the-Water to Moreton-in-Marsh

    Return to Moreton-in-Marsh through the Evenlode valley with a choice of three routes, direct to Morteon-in-Marsh, with a detour to historic Stow-on-the Wold, the highest of the Cotswold towns, located on the Roman Fosse Way or to the pretty villages of Bledington, Kingham and Churchill.
    Stay overnight at The White Hart Royal Hotel or similar.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Moreton-in-Marsh

    Depart after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

Enjoy the local cuisine in quintessentially British pubs, cafes and delicatessens - local delicacies include Cerney Ash or Stinking Bishop cheeses, Crackleberry Farm eggs, Cotswold Cream liqueur and the local ales - try the Yubby beer from the Yubberton Brewery Co. There's also the archetypal English Cream Teas that go down a treat with a nice hot cup of tea!

Weather

The Cotswolds has a temperate maritime climate with warm, rather than hot, summers and cool to cold winters. The Cotswolds hottest month, on average, is July and the coldest is January with rainfall, on average, falling fairly evenly throughout the year. The weather is unpredictable as with the rest of the UK and it is possible to see elements of all four seasons in one day. It is advisable for visitors to check the weather forecast before they arrive in the Cotswolds to get a better idea of the sort of clothing they will need during their trip. Bringing hooded waterproof coats and hats will ensure visitors are prepared for any spells of wind and rain the region may experience.

Spring: The climate is milder in spring making it a good time to visit the Cotswolds. There can be some great sunny days mixed with cooler and wet weather. From March to May the average daytime temperatures are between 9°C and 17°C.

Summer: Most days in summer range from mild to warm with the possibility of some infrequent hotter days, the days are at their longest in the summer. There may be overcast and humid conditions in the summer. From June to August the average daytime temperatures are between 19°C and 22°C.

Autumn: The climate can vary from some pleasantly mild days particularly at the start of September to cooler and colder days in October and November. Autumn is a good time to visit the Cotswolds as it avoids the peak summer season whilst enjoying milder temperatures and longer hours of daylight particularly at the start of September. Visitors can see some wonderful autumn colours. From September to November the average daytime temperatures are between 9°C and 19°C.

Is this trip for you?

Walking and Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Average daily distance: walks 17km; cycles 41.5km
No. of days of activity: 6
Terrain and route: Walks on this holiday are on village streets, country lanes, farm tracks and rural paths. Cycle routes are on tarmac roads and country lanes.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk and cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a route directions so that you can travel at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy following route directions - we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes directions contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels and Guesthouses

Overnight stays are in Moreton-in-Marsh, a town that dates back 1000 years, the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe with Sudeley Castle close by and Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Accommodation is in a mix of friendly inns and B&Bs with breakfast included daily.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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