Taste of The Cotswolds

Short breaks in The Cotswolds

A short taster break (3 or 4 nights), staying in one place walking adventure. Great for those looking to try out a walking break for the first time or with just a few days available and wishing to get a taste of The Cotswolds.

As with all Foot Trails, a custom itinerary so you can get the most from your days. You are bound to discover places you could never find by yourselves. Off the beaten track and away from the crowds, quintessential England with character Cotswolds villages, rolling pastures and centuries of history to explore.

Short break in The Cotswolds

We’ve called this trail, A Taste of the Cotswolds. Authentic and off the beaten track it’s a great choice for honey coloured stone cottages and churches and quiet valleys and countryside.

You will stay at one of our personally chosen throughout and experience a completely different and varied walk each day. Enjoy the tapestry of the Cotswolds, tranquil, breathtaking and centuries old.

Every trail offers you an indoor lunchtime stop. Often a country pub, sometimes a café. A great place to enjoy lunch before you continue your walk.

To request an example itinerary or ask questions – use the form >>


Custom made & crafted English walking

We are Foot Trails. One of England’s best loved regional travel walking companies. Your walking holiday/vacation will be customised to suit your requirements and the English season. You can start your short break on any day / date (subject to availability) and stay for 3 or 4 nights. We recommend booking early as our trips are popular and availability at our small country inns limited.

If you wish to enjoy a longer stay in the Cotswolds request details for our Complete Cotswolds, Journey Across the Cotswolds or Bath & Classic Cotswolds walking tours.

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

For an example itinerary and photographs from the trail and of the accommodations, simply add your details in the form (to the 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

This tour is available starting any night of the week (subject to availability) for 3 or 4 nights. We strongly advise booking in advance as places are limited. The trail is best enjoyed between March & November. The trail is best enjoyed Sunday to Thursday, Friday / Saturday night stays are charged at higher rates.

Example budgeting quotes:

Prices start –

* From £495 per person# for 3 nights
* From £680 per person# for 4 nights

You will receive a fully detailed itinerary, confirmations of your accommodations and a price quote before you book. Once you confirm your booking your price will be guaranteed and no surcharges will be added.

#Based on two sharing en-suite accommodation, staying on a bed & breakfast basis. Includes all accommodation & transport.


  • (self guided) walking days tailored to you and the season
  • Tailor made 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
  • 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
  • One bottle of wine.
  • Over a decade of walking know-how and local expertise
  • Transport drop off when it makes for a better walk.
  • Help and support before your trip

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.

From our guests –

Read our views on Trip Advisor

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.

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

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