Dates: 9/3 - 13, 2017
(11 days, 10 nights; Sun. - Wed.)
Assembly Point: London, Heathrow
(Timberline van shuttle is included from Heathrow International Airport to Chipping Campden and from Bath to Heathrow International Airport)
Not included: Airline service to London Heathrow Airport; Guide Gratuity
Meeting time: 8:30 am hotel, Drop off time 5pm
Includes luggage transfers, lodging, van shuttle, guides, maps and most meals.
Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $1,000
When we launched our Odyssey Series for Hikers several years ago, we intended to offer the Cotswolds only once, but due to demand we are offering this special tour as our featured hiking itinerary for the upcoming season. The Cotswold Way is so quintessentially English with the beautiful rolling countryside, charming villages, unique lodges and the incredible warmth and friendliness of the people that we meet along the way.
The Cotswolds offer everything one might hope to find in the English countryside. Rising gently from the broad, green meadows of the Upper Thames and cresting in a dramatic escarpment above the Severn Valley, the Cotswolds clearly are best defined as gently rolling hills, rather than mountains. The characteristic honey limestone, which constitutes the bedrock of the Cotswolds, produces the fertile soil and lush grasslands for which this area is noted. Sheep have grazed the Cotswold hills for centuries and the region has prospered in the past as a major producer of wool and as a substantial trading center. But, along came cotton and the Industrial Revolution leaving the Cotswolds locked in a time warp. As a result, this region never lost its rural character and remains wonderfully untainted by industrialization and urbanization.
|Day 1 Transport from London Heathrow to Chipping Campden (this town's prosperity during the early 17th century typified the Golden Age)|
|Day 2 Chipping Camden to Broadway (considered to be one of Britain's most beautiful villages with its attractive houses and shops)||5 miles|
|Day 3 Broadway to Winchcombe (the ancient Saxon capital, noted for its many ornate churches)||12 miles|
|Day 4 Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill (walk through countryside of Cleve Hill Common, 1,083 on the Cotswold Way)||7 miles|
|Day 5 Cleeve Hill to Birdlip (our path continues along the top of the escarpment crossing open grasslands into a beautiful beech forest)||15 miles|
|Day 6 Birdlip to Painswick (a fascinating town with its honey limestone structures and wealth of historic treasures to visit)||7 miles|
|Day 7 Painswick to Nympsfield (we'll cross the valley of the River Frome, passing numerous ancient burieal grounds along the way)||14 miles|
|Day 8 Nympsfield to Wotton-Under-Edge (a delightful village situated under the edge of the Cotswold Escarpment and noted for its fine shops and lively pubs)||11 miles|
|Day 9 Wotton-Under-Edge to Tormarton (we'll walk through ancient Old Sodbury, dating back in time to the 11th century reign of Edward the Confessor||8 miles|
|Day 10 Tormarton to Bath (Ancient Bath is the only town in Britain to have achieved World Heritage City designation. Magnificent archituecture and landscape are everywhere, a reflection of Bath's 2,000 year old legacy.||15 miles|
|Day 11 Transport from Bath to London Heathrow arriving mid afternoon|
Total hiking mileage: 94
Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.