The Old Mill at Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England.

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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Cotswold Rambling

Our 2 guided walks include riversides, villages, a spot of history with the odd story thrown in and of course the odd pub for lunch! Come and explore the Cotswolds on our new UK rambling break.

Rivers & Villages

Our coach on Saturday takes over to the small village of Lower Swell on the River Dikler. We take in the Cotswold vernacular style of building with its limestone roofs and stonework. The walk to Lower Slaughter takes us past Hyde Mill, one of the many mills which attest to the earlier habitation of the Cotswolds and its wool trade. Lower Slaughter itself has a mill recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086; its no longer running as a mill but a welcome coffee stop. A short walk to Upper Slaughter, one of the few ‘Double Thankful’ Villages in England, is across meadows and past a 16th Century Manor House. Continuing along the Windrush River leads eventually across to Naunton, in mediaeval times a ‘new town’ but now a quaint village with our lunch stop, The Black Horse pub (own cost). We pass the 16th-17th dovecot and the Norman church, en route to Guiting Power and its picturesque village green.

Tales and Songs

Sunday’s walk heads out from Cranham Corner firstly taking us north through the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve - using the Cotswold Way - to the famous cheese-rolling site of Coopers Hill, previously famous as the ancient defensive hill site of High Brotheridge, occupied in Roman times. 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) finalised 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 and finishing with lunch at the Royal William pub (own cost).


Hallmark Hotel Gloucester★★★★

Located on the outskirts of historic Gloucester and a short drive from the beautiful Cotswolds.


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 pool, steam room, sauna, squash court and treatment rooms (charges apply).


Rooms Include

All bedrooms feature Freeview TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, WiFi, iron and hairdryer.

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
  • Breakfast & dinner

What's Extra


  • 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 located off Junction 11 of the M5. The nearest station is Gloucester approximately 3 miles away. 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 14.5km (9 miles) on the first walk and around 8km (5 miles) on the second walk. A coach will be used to transfer you to the starting point of the walks.

Walking notes

Distance: 8 to 14.5km 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

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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Please contact us for further information 0208 951 2800.

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
  • Breakfast & dinner

What's Extra


  • 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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Breakfast daily, plus meal plan

Flights and transfers for overseas holidays

Welcome drink and meeting

Accompanying Tour Leader

Regional flying options

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