Cotswolds Walk: In the Heart of English History - 23rd to 27th April 2018

Chipping Campden

We lead an exploration through market towns and take the trail out into the country, where we have stunning views of England’s rural heartland. We encounter some of the most iconic Cotswold landmarks, all in Britains largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Explore English history through churches and abbeys
  • Sudeley Castle, home of Henry VIII's last wife
  • Sample local produce at farmers markets
  • Some of the worlds most famous gardens
  • Discover the Neolithic burial mound at Belas Knap
  • Largest English Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The ornate style of the churches, manor houses that we cross paths with hark back to a wealth created during the booming wool industry. The area is also rich in the limestone (oolite), a honey tinged rock that gives the local buildings and landscape its distinctive colour. You’ll find an area in touch with its heritage, on a holiday that gives a real sense of walking through medieval England.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds cover a huge area - nearing 800 square miles - spanning five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire). The Cotswolds is a blend of rural life, woodland, charming towns and rich history made manifest in the beautifully preserved towns and villages of the area.

Monday 23 April – Arrival at Fish Hotel (D)

Spend the night in the Fish hotel, located just 20 minutes outside the village of Broadway.

Tuesday 24 April – Chipping Campden & Hidcote Gardens (BD)

On this holiday, we take a tour of some of the most idyllic village that make up the Cotswolds and Chipping Campden is no exception. The town of Chipping Campden was formerly an important wool trading centre, and its prestigious standing in the medieval ages is reflected in the elegant, terraced high street. From there, our tour crosses paths with Hidcote gardens, the best example of the Arts & Crafts movements design on gardens. Today, it is a National Trust property, recognised for its ambition and intricate structure.

Wednesday 25th April – Broadway & Stanway House (BLD)

Our walks begins with a climb to the top of Fish Hill to Broadway Tower. The tower was the former summer of William Morris and is the second highest point in the Cotswolds, giving you an exceptional vantage point over the countryside. We continue to the village of Stanton, a distinguished,charming place marked a medieval cross on the wayside. Following lunch at a typical English pub (some of the best food in England is to be found in the local pubs) we pass through the magnificent Jacobean gateway to the grounds and gardens of Stanway House, with an optional trip to Hailes Abbey.

Thursday 26th April–(BD)

Our final day begins with an ascent of the impressive Belas Knap, one of the best preserved Neolithic burial mounds in the country. Next, we visit Winchcombe, once a centre for pilgrimage and home to St. Peters Church, noted for its grotesques.

Our walk follows parkland to Sudeley Castle, one of England’s most enchanting estates and a fitting end to a journey through historic England.

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

The Fish Hotel

We stay in The Fish Hotel, just a 20 minutes walk outside the village of Broadway. Nestled within 400 acres of grounds and countryside, The Fish Hotel comprises of a series of quintessentially British bolt-holes. The interior is stylish, cosy and perfectly in keeping with the character of our surroundings.

Inclusive price per person sharing a twin/double room £570
Single Supplement £155

What The Price Includes

  • Accompanying tour leader
  • Four nights' dinner, bed & breakfast in the Fish Hotel
  • Transport
  • All entrance fees to historic sites and places of interest

What Is Not Included

  • Drinks
  • lunches
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities, which are optional

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

By Road

From the North

If you’re coming from Birmingham way, exit the M5 at junction 6 and follow the A4538 towards Evesham. After two miles, turn onto the A44 southbound (signposted Evesham). After 10 miles, the A44 joins the A46 to bypass Evesham. Rejoin the A44 (Broadway Road) at the second roundabout (first exit, signposted Broadway), and follow the road beyond Broadway for around six miles. When you reach Fish Hill (the road will bend sharply left), look out for the entrance to Farncombe coming up on the left. Turn onto the estate road, and follow it, taking the left fork, until you reach The Fish.

From the South

If you’re up from that London, junction 8 on the M40 will put you onto the A40 towards Oxford and Cheltenham. Head past Oxford towards Woodstock and Evesham, and at the Headington roundabout take the third exit onto the North Way, then the fourth exit at Wolvercote roundabout onto the A44 (signposted Woodstock). The A44 will take you through Woodstock and Chipping Norton. When you reach Moreton-in-Marsh, turn left at the mini-roundabout onto Moreton High Street, then right onto the A44 at the next roundabout, following signs to Evesham and Broadway. After about seven miles, you’ll pass the turn-off for Broadway Tower on the left – the entrance to Farncombe is half a mile further on the right. Follow the road up, then take the left fork to The Fish.

Farncombe Estate, Broadway WR12 7LJ
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Rail

Moreton-in-Marsh station is about 15 minutes’ drive from the Hotel. The station’s on the mainline from London Paddington (around an hour and a halfs journey on First Great Western).

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Weather

Cotswolds rarely experiences very extreme weather, meaning that the region can be visited comfortably throughout the year. In Cheltenham the hottest month on average is July and the coldest is January. Rainfall on average falls fairly evenly throughout the year with December being the wettest month and February the driest.

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