Green fields and blue skies over the Cotswold way

Showcasing some of the most breathtaking scenery, the best walking trails and chocolate box English villages, the Cotswolds is world renowned as one the most charming and explorable regions of the UK.

Grade: Easy to medium

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Why Go?

  • Two exclusive breathtaking walks showcasing the Cotswolds
  • Experienced and informative walking guide
  • Resident Solos Tour leader
  • Well appointed 4 star hotel with leisure facilities
  • Discover quintessential English villages
  • Experience the Cotswold Way & Heart of England Way

 

Itinerary

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Check in at leisure and perhaps enjoy the hotels facilities then meet your fellow Solos guests for the first evening dinner.

  • Accommodation Cheltenham Chase Hotel
  • MEALS Dinner included

For our first days walk we take a 30 minute drive from our hotel through the countryside to Longborough, a small, picuresque village nestling within the Cotswolds scarp. This delightful Cotswold village is famous for its internationally renowned summer opera festival. From here our route takes us along one of the Cotswolds long-distance trails, the Heart of England Way, where we will see the farms. pastures and countryside that the Cotswolds is so famous for.  The trail takes us past Sezincote House “India in the Cotswolds”, with its Indian-influenced architecture before arriving at the village of Bourton-on-the Hill, displaying its impressive Georgian houses built with the famous Cotswolds limestone. We then continue for another mile where we arrive at Batsford Arboretum, the one-time home of the Mitford sisters. Here we can take a coffee stop ending the first leg of the walk, and our excellent guide will tell us about the history of the Arboretum. The walk continues taking us along the Monarch’s Way to the village of Blockley, with its unique collection of buildings reflecting its past glories of mills and silk production plus more recently known as the location for filming Father Ted.
From Blockley we head north across the rolling hills, dropping down to the picturesque village of Broad Campden for lunch at The Bakers Arms (at own cost). The spire of Chipping Campden’s church, St Peters, is now in view and after lunch we have a short walk over to this market town, to admire yet again the beautiful limestone buildings in the High Street. After a break in the town we head off up to Dovers Hill for one last view over to the Evesham Vale where the bus will take us back to the hotel.

Length of the walk 10 miles,
Walking Duration 6 hours.

  • Accommodation Cheltenham Chase Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast we take a short drive to the start of our half day walk at Cranham Corner. From here we head north along the Cotswold Way through the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve to the famous cheese-rolling site of Coopers Hill also famous for the ancient Roman defensive hill site of High Brotheridge. From here we continue a short way before leaving the Cotswold Way to walk through Ladlecombe, past the site of the sanatorium where George Blake (aka Orwell) completed 1984. We then cross part of the Common to pass through Cranham village using the Gustav Holst Way to pause at the church, which gives its name to the well-known melody for In the Deep Midwinter, inspired while snowed in on a visit to his mother. Now on the last stretch we cross the Painswick Stream, once home to some 25 mills, to return to the A46 where we can stop for lunch at a local pub or head towards nearby Painswick ( at own cost)

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Cotswold Rambling

Our delightful 2 guided walks includes villages, a spot of history with the odd story thrown in and of course the odd pub for lunch! Come and explore the beauty of the Cotswolds on our Solos fantastic rambling break.

Delta Hotels Marriott Cheltenham Chase Hotel ★★★★

Surrounded by rolling countryside with a backdrop of the Cotswolds hills, this contemporary and well appointed hotel is a superb base for a Cotswold's walking break.

 

Facilities Include

We can unwind after a days’ walking in the bar before dinner in the restaurant. Further facilities include a health club with indoor swimming pool, gym, spa jacuzzi and treatment rooms (charges apply).

 

Rooms Include

The comfortable bedrooms feature en-suite facilities, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, arm-chair, iron/ironing board, tea & coffee ma,king facilities, small fridge, satellite LCD TV, 

What's included:

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Use of hotel leisure facilities
  • 2 guided walks, including transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Experienced Cotswold walking guide
  • Breakfast & dinner

What's Extra

NB:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

 

 

Useful Information

Location & Transport
The hotel is conveniently located a short distance away from the M4 and M5 motorways. Complimentary car parking is available.

Walking programme
Two guided walks are included in the programme. The walking programme is graded easy to medium and you can expect to walk up to 10 miles on the first walk and approx 5 miles on the second walk. A coach will be used to transfer you to the starting point of the walks.

Walking notes

Distance: 5 to 10 miles  per day
Walking boots: Essential

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

Walking boots with good ankle support

Waterproofs – jacket and trousers

Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery

Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets

Shirts or t-shirts for walking in

Walking socks – several pairs

Lightweight fleece or jumper

Hat & gloves

Daysack/rucksack for walking

Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain

Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking

Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc

Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £5. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.

 

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
02 Oct 2020 04 Oct 2020 2 All Ages £349 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium

What's included:

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Use of hotel leisure facilities
  • 2 guided walks, including transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Experienced Cotswold walking guide
  • Breakfast & dinner

What's Extra

NB:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

 

 

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