Discover quintessential English villages
Marriott Cheltenham Chase Hotel
Well appointed 4 star hotel with leisure facilities
Varied walking programme
Experience the Cotswold & Wardens 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. Staying at a fantastic 4 star hotel this Solos walking break will be a weekend to remember.
Grade: Easy to medium
Check in at leisure and perhaps enjoy the hotels facilities then meet your fellow Solos guests for the first evening dinner.
Our first walk of the weekend starts from the picturesque village of Stanton where we join the Cotswold Way. Our route takes us across beautiful Cotswold fields with lovely views, through the ancient Littleworth Wood and then onto the delightful village of Snowshill with its traditional cottages. Snowshill is well known for the home to the eccentric collector Charles Wade who lived in Snowshill Manor which he filled with ‘stuff’; anything from rusty bicycles to Japanese Samurai suits of armour! We will be stopping at Snowshill for lunch at a local pub (at own cost) so there will be time for anyone who wishes to visit the manor. It is owned by the National Trust, so members should remember to bring their card.
After breakfast we take our bus to the medieval town of Winchcombe, important since Saxon times when it was the capital of the kingdom of Mercia. From the Centre of Winchcombe we walk down to Castle street round the back of Sudeley Castle where we get some excellent views of the present day building and the ruin. We then follow the Warden’s way up to Parks Farm, where we leave the trail and cut across the fields and join the Windrush Way heading back towards Winchcombe for lunch ( at own cost).
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and say goodbye.
Surrounded by rolling countryside with a backdrop of the Cotswolds hills, this contemporary and well appointed hotel is a superb base for our Cotswold’s walking break.
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).
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,
The hotel is conveniently located a short distance away from the M4 and M5 motorways. Complimentary car parking is available.
Two guided walks are included in the programme. The walking programme is graded easy to medium and you can expect to walk up to 6 miles on the first walk and approx 7 miles on the second walk. A coach will be used to transfer you to the starting point of the walks.
Distance: 6 to 7 miles per day
Walking boots: Essential
It is recommended to purchase a snack and drink to take with you before each walk
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.
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.
|Month(s)||Highest temperature||Lowest temperature|
|January - February||6 °C||1 °C|
|March||9 °C||2 °C|
|April||11 °C||3 °C|
|May||15 °C||6 °C|
|June||18 °C||9 °C|
|July - August||20 °C||11 °C|
|September||17 °C||9 °C|
|October||14 °C||7 °C|
|November||9 °C||3 °C|
|December||7 °C||2 °C|
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