Walking the Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way is a walking holiday to enjoy at a moderate pace.
The Cotswold’s are England’s largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and your walking holiday takes you through the Heart of England along the steep Cotswold escarpment. The high Wolds sheep country has views sweeping over a colourful patchwork of farmland.
The highest point at 1086ft above sea level on the Cotswolds prominent western edge gives panoramic views over the Severn Vale, Bristol Channel and beyond to the hills of Wales. Although rarely raising above 300 metres (900ft) the Cotswold Way meanders over many of the Cotswolds’ best viewpoints.
There is so much for you to stop and focus on.
Walk alongside Cotswold’s drystone walls, painstakingly built through medieval times and maintained to this day, stroll through honey coloured wool villages, aim for distant golden church spires glistening in the sun, explore ancient market towns with narrow alleyways for herding sheep, pass castles and country manors . All give a real sense of walking through medieval England.
Highlights of the walking holiday, and there are many, are the fine examples of a Jacobean mansion at Stanway and Sudeley Castle, home of Henry VIII’s Queen, Catherine Parr, who surprisingly survived him and lies buried in the castle’s chapel.
Your walking holiday ends strolling through the elegant streets of Bath, with its wonderful Regency architecture and sweeping Royal Crescent a grand finale.
Our regional office is located near Bath at the end of the Cotswold Way, and our local knowledge is second to none.
Celtic Trails has 20 years’ experience providing tailored, high quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate good service, comfort and organisation.