Taste of The Cotswolds

Taster Breaks – Short breaks in The Cotswolds

As featured in Top Sante magazine. Over four days, take an enjoyable adventure into this stunning area of the Cotswolds. The ancient spiritual heart lies deep in the ‘wolds’, based near the market town of Cirencester, the second largest town in Britain during Roman times.

We have strong family connections to the area. My family farm here and David (my husband) grew up here too, so we know the Cotswolds inside out. We’ve created a spectacular and varied trail using this local knowledge. You will therefore be right in the heart of the ancient wool trade. Pretty stone cottages, grand medieval churches and rolling pastoral landscapes.

We love the Cotswolds and we can’t wait to help you walk here and enjoy it too.

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Short Breaks in The Cotswolds

This taster short break is where you stay in one place – each day enjoy a different and varied walking trail and return to your host inn at the end of the day. The trail is great for a short relaxing break or those new to walking & hiking on multiple days.

This style of walking enables you to explore this area of the Cotswolds deeply and then unwind and relax back at your personally chosen country inn. Take in the 2nd century Roman villa and be amazed by some of England’s best examples of mosaic floors.

Explore the parish church in the market town of Cirencester, and its array of independent shops and walk through peaceful river valleys and wonderful Cotswolds stone villages. Taste of the Cotswolds may leave you wanting more!

3 and 4 night itineraries available.

Trail highlights include:

  • Enjoy the tapestry of the Cotswolds landscapes here, tranquil, breathtaking and centuries old
  • Explore Cirencester, rural market town that was the second largest town in Roman Britain, named Corinium (Alison’s grandparents lived closed by and her father studied at the agriculture college). The parish church has been a place of worship for over 1000 years.
  • Enjoyable walks through villages of Cotswolds stone, with lunch at the pub!
  • Stay in an 18th century country pub which has a heavenly garden and strong local food following
  • Enjoy a watery themed trail through a river valley with old mills and grand estates

To request a detailed mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

Getting to The Cotswolds

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

Getting here is easy, your trail is located either near to Cirencester, Gloucestershire or Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. The nearest stations are at either Kemble (for Cirencester) or Moreton-in-Marsh (for Stow). Travel is approximately 90 minutes by train from London Paddington or a 2 hour drive from London by car.

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

Cotswolds accommodation

About the accommodations

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

Stay in a 17th century honey coloured stone and ivy clad country pub. There are individually designed bedrooms (all en-suite) and a heavenly garden.

Cost & availability

Taste of The Cotswolds is a 3 night short walking break. The trail is available year round. You can start on any day of the week (subject to availability). The best start day is a Monday.

3 night stay

Winter – £285 p/person
April & October – £335 p/person
May & September- £335 p/person
June to August – £385 p/person

*Based on two sharing, staying on a bed & breakfast basis


• Walking know-how and local expertise
• Transport drop off when it makes for a better walk
• Help and support before & during your trip
• Independent (self guided) walking days tailored to you and the season
• Custom made & crafted Walk and Explore Box
• Local Ordnance Survey™ maps (waterproof)
• Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow instructions)
• Plastic map holder
• Local stories and histories
• Detailed itinerary & 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
• Breakfasts

How to book?

Simply contact us with preferred dates and we will take care of the rest. Phone l us on +44 (0) 1747 820626 or use the form to your right to send a message or request an example itinerary and digital brochure with more details.

From our guests

As first timers to the area we could not have been happier with your planning and communication. We have booked with different companies in other parts of the world but we would have to say your company has been outstanding in all areas.

The Inn was wonderful–the staff were warm and friendly–after two days we really felt at home. With your guidance and help our short sojourn felt much longer. We fell very relaxed and full of memories.
Deborah and Nick

A Cotswolds church

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.

To request a detailed 20 page mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

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