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England Walking & Hiking Tour

Great Britain's Bucolic Cotswolds

From $4,298 - $4,648 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,000 for sgl. occ.)

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.

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England

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Highlights

  • Enjoy classic English treks through gentle hills, wide-open meadows, serene green woodland and sheep-dotted pastures
  • Explore welcoming picturesque hamlets brimming with honey-colored houses and flower-filled yards
  • Amble leisurely, pausing to exchange hellos with the locals and admire some of England's finest gardens
  • Linger over English tea and cakes, or pop into a cheery pub for a proper British pint with the locals
England

Start Stratford-upon-Avon / End Bath

England Walking & Hiking Map

Itinerary

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Days 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.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $9,498 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,298 - $4,648 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,000 for sgl. occ.)

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Premiere Hotels

Dormy House
Dormy House

Broadway (2 nights)

Ellenborough Park
Ellenborough Park

Cheltenham (2 nights)

The Painswick
The Painswick

Painswick (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in England

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This was a spectacular trip through the Cotwolds. We had beautiful weather, amazing views and fantastic food! The hotels were all deluxe and so accommodating. We enjoyed a falconer demonstration and sheep herding (an unexpected surprise). Our guide even saved a sheep trapped in the briar! The towns are as charming as you can imagine.

 
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Everything about the trip was 5-STARS. The guides were terrific--real pros.

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Dormy House

Dormy House

Broadway (2 nights)

A warm welcome awaits at this beautifully restored 17th-century farmhouse, part of a stunning 400-acre estate. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

Ellenborough Park

Ellenborough Park

Cheltenham (2 nights)

Dating back to 1485 and set on 90 acres of protected National Trust grounds, this elegant country manor features rooms overlooking the famous Cheltenham Racecourse. (pool, spa)

The Painswick

The Painswick

Painswick (1 night)

Nestled in one of the finest and best-preserved villages of the Cotswolds, this former prospect house is a newly renovated Palladium masterpiece offering views of the Slad Valley. (spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 100 7 900
2 5* 400 6* 600 10* 1300
3 3* 200 6* 400 10 1100
4 3* 100 7* 300 9* 500
5 4* 300 6* 600 10* 1000
6 2 300 4 600
 

Note: The terrain on this trip is rolling with a few steeper sections and includes a mix of sheep trails, well-maintained dirt paths and paved country lanes.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in England

Discover the True Heart of the Cotswolds

Drew Smith, a veteran Backroads Trip Leader, has painstakingly designed this trip to take you to deep into the English countryside, following scenic rambling trails through farmers' fields, among grazing sheep and into the storybook villages of the Cotswolds.

More Leaders to Support You

On our England trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

The Best Leaders in England

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in England, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings England has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our England trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in England—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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