Walking the Cotswold Way

Every year we get a number of visitors who are walking the Cotswold Way which runs for 102 miles between Bath and Chipping Campden, Visitors on Tripadvisor have described it as “A Unique way to see the Cotswolds”; ” Fabulous Views!”; “Beautiful Scenery”; ” Englands Green and pleasant land”.

The Cotswold Way runs for most of its length along the Cotswold Escarpment hence the magnificent views. In May 2007 is was given the status National Trail. The National Trail website has lots of information about the route including what to do if chased by aggressive cows. It appears that you should let go of your dog and allow the cows to chase it. Apparently a dog can easily out run a cow so should not be harmed. Beware if you have a Yorkshire Terrier.

Various companies run Walking Tours. They arrange your accommodation and luggage transfer in a B&B or guest house and provide maps and guidance allowing you to do the walk in Style.

It normally takes 7 days to complete the walk from its start at the Market Hall Chipping Campden to its finish at Bath Abbey. Highlights are World Heritage City of Bath, views over River Severn to Brecon Beacons in Wales, Malvern Hills and Forest of Dean. National Trust properties of Dyrham House and Horton Court; Broadway Tower and Somerset Monument tower follies; old mill towns of Painswick, Stroud & Dursley, Devils Chimney at Leckhampton Hill; Belas Knap Long Barrow, Sudeley Castle and Hailes Abbey.

The organisers have also started to plan shorter circular walks that take in part of the route. Details and plans are available on the website. The closest to us is the Leckhampton Loop which passes through Charlton Kings Common.

The Cotswold Way passes within 2 miles of Hilden Lodge. We can provide bed, breakfast, evening meals, packed lunches and drying areas for your damp clothes in inclement weather.  We can also put you in touch with companies to arrange luggage transfer.