Complete Cotswolds, Chipping Campden to Bath

At last, we are delighted to offer a credible, varied and authentic alternative to the The Cotswolds Way.  An option that is far removed from mass produced tourism, coaches and package trips. One less well known, definitely less busy and more varied in scenery.

Using our lifetime of local knowledge we have created the Complete Cotswolds trail, a route up to 16 nights and 135 miles in length, using local paths, villages and market towns. We have mapped every mile. You can choose to walk every day, or perhaps have rest days or sight seeing days built in.

Complete Cotswolds – Chipping Campden to Bath is an inn to inn (or village to village) style English walking adventure, custom made to you.

Experience comes first with a Foot Trail, but this trail is especially close to our hearts. Alison Howell has strong family connections with the area on her mother’s side and cousins who farm the land today. David Howell grew up in the Cotswolds near Cheltenham so we’d love you to join us for a glimpse into The Cotswolds life we know and love.

At its most complete, this trip can be up to 16 nights duration and 135 miles, taking you all the way from Chipping Campden to Bath. (North to South) You’ll spend on average 2 nights at each personally chosen country inn on route, giving you a more relaxing travel experience without the need to have to pack and then repack every day. You’ll have a day to explore the area and the following day to walk to your next new location.

Our award winning Foot Trails are totally custom made and fully flexible walking trips. Not off the shelf packages. This means you choose your start date, finishing date, decide where and when you would like any rest days or sightseeing days and have a choice of walking distances. You can also have the flexibility to shorten or lengthen many of your walking days to suit you.

To find out more and see an example itinerary – request our mini brochure with example itinerary

Bulrushes on the River Thames

Custom made & crafted English walking

Your walking holiday/vacation will be tailored to suit your requirements and the English season. This tour is available any nights (subject to availability) from 8 nights to 15 nights, from March to November. We recommend booking early as our trips are popular and availability at our small country inns, limited.

Trail highlights include:

* Chipping Campden with its magnificent architecture and 100 year old connection to the Arts and Crafts movement including book binding and jewelry making
* Enjoy the tapestry of the Cotwolds landscapes; tranquil, breathtaking and centuries old.
* Admire Stow on the Wold, the highest market town in the Cotswolds with its independent shops and cafes
* Walk with the Romans and explore one of England’s best loved villas. This 2,000 year old legacy is a wonderful example of the ingenuity, creativity and presence bestowed to us by the Romans during the peak of the Empire.
* Meander picture perfect villages where the pace is slow and you will be greeted with a warm local smile.
* Bath. It would be a travesty to visit the West Country. At every corner you are treated to spectacular architecture and it really is a special place to happen upon having enjoyed the treats of the surrounding countryside.

For a detailed example itinerary with photographs, simply add your details in the form (to the right) and send

On the way to Bath

The Cotswolds are an area of outstanding natural beauty in the West Country of South West of England.

Getting here…

Complete Cotswolds is an extensive walking adventure of up to 15 nights. With many possible options your start point will be determined by your own custom made itinerary. Once we have tailored your trip we will advise you fully on travel and the nearest train station, airports or directions or postcode for your SatNav / GPS.

The nearest train station to Chipping Campden is Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. Travel is approximately 90 minutes by train from London Paddington or a 2 hour drive from London by car.

The suggested international airport is at London Heathrow which offers an easy transfer to London Paddington. You could also arrive to Bristol, Exeter or other London airports depending on your start point.

Delicious pub food

One of the reasons guests choose Foot Trails is for our choice and quality of accommodation.

Largely independently and privately owned, we enjoy a close and strong working partnership with all of our country inns. Small, personal and friendly with excellent hospitality, each country inn sits in an English village with comfortable bedrooms and delicious local food and produce including real ales and a selection of wines to enjoy with dinner after your walk.

Every inn and bedroom is uniquely designed and all our bedrooms have en-suite private bathrooms with modern facilities.

On the Complete Cotswolds trip all of the accommodation is in personally chosen country pubs and country inns, many award winning, from 16th century former cider houses, to country pubs on village greens with a duck pond, to a riverside country inn with garden. Other stays include a grade II listed, Camra (campaign for real ale) winning pub and a combined pub, restaurant and hotel set in the former heart of The Cotswolds wool trade.

Welcoming country pub

Cost & Availability

This tour is available any nights (subject to availability) from 8 nights to 15 nights, from March to November. We strongly advise booking in advance as places are limited.

Example budgeting quote:

* Prices start £1800 per person (based on two sharing) for 10 nights.

You will receive a fixed quote when you book

Included:

• Foot Trails expertise and local knowledge to create your tour to sit you and the English season • Tailored Walk and Explore Box with everything you need • Local Ordnance Survey™ map exerts (waterproof) with your trails annotated • Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow and tried and tested word instructions) • Local stories and histories • Recommended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes • Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees and animals • Seasonal nature guide book • Sweets (for a boost on route) • Your en-suite accommodation, all rooms en-suite • Breakfasts • Transport drop off service to the start of your trail when it makes a better walk. • Luggage transfers with our team of trusted drivers.

How to book?

Contact us with your preferred dates and we will look after the rest. You can call us on +44 (0) 1747 820626 or use the form to your right to send a message or request an itinerary.

We will provide you with a full detailed itinerary and price quote before you book.

Country cottage

“We’ve used Foot Trails 4 times now and would book with them again. Foot Trails is a company where you can just pick your destination and that’s all you have to do. They have a standard and they stick to it.”
Fleur, UK

“Thank you so much for organising a carefully planned program. We have booked with other companies in different parts of the world but we would have to say your company has been outstanding in all areas.”
Adele, Australia

“The more we talk about your company to our friends, the more we realize what a unique and special service you provide. We are already talking about our next holiday with you.”
Bob & Linda

Palladian Bridge at Priors Park, Bath

How do I find my way?

Trails are devised using our local knowledge and rigorously tested and checked. Find your way using either the easy to follow trail cards if you prefer not to map read, or the local Ordnance survey maps provided. Or a combination of both. For peace of mind an on call service is provided every day including weekends between 8am and 6pm.

Where will I be walking?

Your walks are on public rights of way and a mixture of paths, tracks and trails through woodland, on farm land, village country lanes and countryside. Most walking is away from roads. Everything you need will be provided in your walk and explore pack.

For a more fully detailed example itinerary for this holiday, simply pop your details in the form to the right.

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