In the Cotswolds, Britain's premiere walking and hiking destination, every step forward is also a step back in time. Follow cobbled paths through quaint villages of honey-colored cottages. Walk along woodland trails and rolling hills. Explore an ancient castle and savor a fresh pint in a traditional English pub. Often quirky, always charming—experience the past from the comfort of the present.
1 Enjoy tea at Hidcote Manor Garden and stroll its splendid grounds | Stop for lunch in ancient Chipping Campden | Hike along a trail to the Cotswold escarpment offering sweeping views of the English countryside.
2 Begin the day in Snowshill, one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds | Follow a footpath linking the hamlets of Stanton, Laverton and Buckland | Linger in lively Broadway, the “Jewel of the Cotswolds” | Walk to Broadway Tower for a 16-county panorama.
3 Set out from the ruins of the 13th-century Cistercian abbey at Hailes, once an important English pilgrimage destination | Walk the celebrated Cotswold Way through quaint Winchcombe Village en route to Sudeley Castle | Enjoy the castle’s award-winning gardens and spectacular views.
4 With a local guide, walk on Warden’s Way, a path linking a series of quintessential Cotswold villages, including Lower and Upper Slaughter | A traditional British pub lunch awaits at the Black Horse in Naunton | Stroll through Guiting Power, a charming historic village.
5-6 Ascend Cooper’s Hill, site of the world-famous annual cheese-rolling race | Walk to the town of Painswick, dubbed “Queen of the Cotswolds” | Set off on a final walk with views of the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains.