Walking Holidays in the Cotswolds

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Walking Holidays in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is another of England’s favourites when it comes to rolling countryside and walking routes. Home to some of the most typically English villages and towns in the whole country, the Cotswolds is the perfect destination for your walking holiday in the UK and staying in a holiday home or cottage will provide you with the ideal accommodation for a comfy stay with everything you need. There is nothing more enjoyable than returning to a warm home after some hiking and our homes in the Cotswolds are sure to provide you with the comfort that you need.

The Cotswolds, the meeting point of some of England's best counties

As the Cotswolds is such a large area connecting Warwickshire to Worcestershire and Gloucestershire to Oxfordshire, it is easy to organise a walking holiday here. Researching carefully what you are looking for in terms of walks is always a good idea but even more so in the Cotswolds, as you can almost always find routes close to your holiday cottage or home to spend a few hours in the afternoon or a full day in the outdoors. One of the most distinguishing features of the Cotswolds is the love for food. A keen advocate of the increasing tendency towards gourmet food in pubs, food lovers will feel truly at home in the Cotswolds. Among the favourite local products include double Gloucester cheese and Old Spot Pork. Bibury Trout and Lamb are also favourites here and as usual, a hearty Sunday roast will fill you up for an afternoon walk.

Discover the Cotswolds Way, mile after mile of stunning countryside

The Cotswold Way covers 100 miles of different terrain from limestone grassland, wildflowers and picturesque villages that will remind you of Dickensian literature. Rather than tackling the whole 100 miles, picking and choosing areas to explore is much more manageable and will give you the peace and comfort of a nice cottage or home to return back to. The stretch passing through Chipping Campden is a 4 and a half mile walk taking you through a lovely town and some woodland to give you a break from the sunshine. Stanton, Snowshill and the Edge will take you along a slightly longer path but along the route you will find plenty of pubs to grab a bite to eat in before you continue. Owing to the nature of the trail, there are many different pathways for you, making the route suitable for children and whole families. Great Rissington to Bourton will take you along the River Windrush and the Sherborne Water meadows before reaching the “Boat House” at Bourton-On-Water.The Kingham Station circular route is ideal if you want a break from the car as it was designed so that you can start it from and travel to it using public transport. Taking you for 9 miles through the Foxholes Nature Reserve. The Winchcombe Way is a 42 mile trail going through the town of Winchcombe, Alderton and Sudeley Castle. Among the other trails in the area that are worth checking out include the Blossom Trail, Diamond Way and the Windrush Way.

Explore grand stately homes and manors alongside hiking from your holiday home in the Cotswolds

Aside from the walking that you can do here, the Cotswolds is known for the stately homes and private manors which can be found over the whole area. Snowshill Manor was owned by Charles Wade and is full of his collections of ornaments and curiosities. Outside, the gardens are really fitting for this old fashioned English manor house, leaving you a quaint residence to explore at your own leisure. In contrast Rodmarton Manor is a more extensive residence and as one of the last that was built exclusively using specialist Cotswolds craftsmen, is a neater and classier residence. Complete with 8 acres of gardens and other points of interest, it is a fantastic day out.

The Cotswolds are one of the UK's favourite destinations with tourists from all over the world and with so many small towns and the great rolling countryside that is present everywhere here, the Cotswolds are a fantastic destination for a walking holiday in the UK.


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