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, a UK National Trust treasure Walk through the property, created in 1907 and alive with splendid gardens, each with its own theme of color, shape or scent Stop for lunch in Chipping Campden, an ancient town with a rich wool-trading history Follow a trail to the dramatic Cotswold escarpment offering sweeping views of the beautiful English countryside.
2 From secluded Snowshill, one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, hike down into the valley Follow a footpath linking the exquisite hamlets of Stanton, Laverton and Buckland Linger awhile among the golden stone houses, shops and cafés of lively Broadway Walk to Broadway Tower, a typical "folly" structure, set at the Cotswolds' second-highest spot and offering an incredible 16-county panorama.
3 Set out from the ruins of the 13th-century Cistercian abbey at Hailes, once an important pilgrimage destination Follow the celebrated Cotswold Way amid tranquil countryside and through quaint Winchcombe village en route to Sudeley Castle The castle's award-winning gardens and spectacular views are a feast for the eyes!
4 Walk on the easygoing Warden's Way with a local guide alongside streams, through woods and pastureland The path links a series of quintessential Cotswold villages, including Lower and Upper Slaughter A traditional pub lunch awaits at the Black Horse in Naunton.
5-6 Keep an eye out for deer as you venture through quiet forestland Ascend Cooper's Hill, hallowed site of the popular cheese-rolling race Fancy a taste of mead? Enjoy a sample today Walk to the wool town of Painswick, dubbed Queen of the Cotswolds for its lovely buildings of pale gray limestone From our hotel, set off on a final walk to stunning views of the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains.