Self-Guided Walking the Cotswold Ring

Resort: Self-Guided Walking the Cotswold Ring
Operator: Exodus
Destination: United Kingdom
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Overview


Explore the Cotswolds – England’s 2nd largest Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (2nd to the Lake District)

Enjoy the delights of Cheltenham before taking in some world-famous villages
along the route, including Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water and the Saxon
capital of Winchcombe. There’s even the option to take a side trip to visit
Stratford-upon-Avon if a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace is calling you!

Your route takes you over Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswolds, to
Sudeley Castle, the last resting place of Katherine Parr (Henry VIII’s 6th
wife). Visit some of the ‘wool churches’ of the Cotswolds – so named because
of the input of finances from local, wealthy wool merchants back in medieval
times to create elaborate and architecturally stunning buildings. Two of note
on this route are in Winchcombe and Chipping Campden. Other points of
interest along the route include some beautiful formal gardens at Kiftsgate
or the Hidcote National Trust gardens. The River Windrush (after which the
post-war West Indian immigration boat was named) forms part of the route back
to Cheltenham from Bourton-on-the-Water.
Accommodation along the route has been hand-picked in Bed & Breakfasts with
character, ranging from inns and townhouses to an old bakery. Offering a warm
and friendly Cotswold welcome, as well as hearty breakfasts, they offer
comfortable stops along the walk and a charming insight into Cotswold life.

Highlights

* Explore the Cotswolds – England’s 2nd largest Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (2nd to the Lake District)
* Beautiful villages including Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water and Winchcombe
* Visit the ancient Saxon capital of Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle (last
resting place of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s 6th wife)
* Stunning gardens at historical manor houses including National Trust
gardens
* Start your walk from historic spa town, Cheltenham with an optional visit
to Stratford-upon-Avon en route.

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