Cotswolds Walking Tours and Cycling Holidays
An Introduction to the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is the epitome of the English countryside. It is no wonder that this is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
as rolling hills meet with quaint villages that are all preserved in a glorious state.
There is no better way to explore this stunning region of patchwork fields surrounded by dry-stone walls and acres of unspoilt woodland, than taking by part in some walks in the Cotswolds. Allowing you to enjoy this scenery at your own pace. If you want to make the most of this idyllic region, then why not go cycling in the Cotswolds. Meander through the countryside visiting postcard perfect medieval villages that are all built in the honey toned limestone that characterises this part of the British countryside. Churches and stately homes adorn this part of England, and there is nothing more rewarding than a walk in the Cotswolds.
Best Time of Year for Walking and Cycling in the Cotswolds
From April through to November you will experience the very best on your Cotswolds walking tour. The Spring months will see the region come alive as new flowers and fauna bloom. The summer months should offer some of the best weather, but brings with it the crowds to the villages so it is wise to get off the beaten track with Sherpa Expeditions. Autumn is a colourful experience as the trees change colour and you may even be fortunate enough to embrace an Indian summer. Rain, like elsewhere in England, could fall at any time on your Cotswolds active holiday so pack accordingly.
Walking HolidayS in the Cotswolds
walking holidays in the Cotwolds are a perfect introduction to walking in the English countryside and take in many of the highlights of the Cotswold Way
, a 102 mile long distance path that is claimed to be the best waymarked in England.
Cycling Holidays in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds rolling hills offer a gentle introduction to cycling in the English countryside. A week of marvelous rides will take you through one of the most beautiful and historic parts of England. Honey-coloured stone villages, open wolds, wooded valleys and Roman roads are the background to pretty villages, “wool” churches, famous gardens, a Roman villa and welcoming inns.
Highlights on Cycling Tours and Walks in the Cotswolds
The birthplace of William Shakespeare. Don’t miss Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market situated on the banks of the River Avon known for its association with one of England’s most famous writers.
Sat above a small valley is Guiting Power that is home to less than a few hundred people. It is a fine example of an untouched Cotswold village.
Enjoyed by those cycling in the Cotswolds, Deerhurst takes you way back in history thanks to its Anglo Saxon churches.
Bourton on the Water
The place to try and capture the beauty of the Cotswolds is at Bourton on the Water. Small footbridges sit over the River Evenlode, you will have to remind yourself that it is all real.
Spanning 102 miles, the Cotswold Way is an invigorating way to see the very best of the Cotswold’s countryside and villages.
Food and Drink while Walking & Cycling in the Cotswolds
No Cotswold walking holiday would be complete without eating and drinking in one of its many quaintly decorated pubs for a hearty meal and to sample some local stout. There are tea rooms to enjoy a traditional English high tea of cream and scones to refuel during your Cotswold cycle. Step off your bicycle to visit one of the farmer’s markets selling the region’s cheeses, meats, honey and beer, and there are even Michelin star restaurants for serious foodies.
Other Reasons for Taking a Walking or Cycling Holiday in the Cotswolds
One of the most famous (and dangerous) events held in the Cotswolds is the annual Cheese-Rolling competition. This 200-year-old tradition is a hair-raising spectacle as locals chase a Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill. For those looking for something a little less nail biting there is a literary festival held in Chipping Norton, providing the perfect break from walks in the Cotswolds. Plus, there is also the Stow Horse Fair which is deeply rooted in Cotswolds’ history. Held twice a year, Romany people have been gathering for this event for more than 500 years.
How to Get to the Cotswolds and Away
Trains run hourly from London Paddington Station to Moreton-in-Marsh or Cheltenham to start our walking and cycling tours. Should you be heading for Stratford-upon-Avon, there are train services every 30 minutes from Marylebone Station in London taking approximately two hours. For all routes, expect to change trains before reaching Moreton-in-Marsh, Stratford-upon-Avon or Cheltenham.
Further Reading About the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are a range of gentle hills extending northeast of the city of Bath, through Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon, the ‘Heart of England’. The Cotswold landscape, you will discover, is an entrancing mixture of parkland, cultivated fields with dry-stone walls and patches of unspoilt woodland. Early prosperity based on the medieval woollen industry and the availability of easily worked honey-coloured limestone resulted in the building of a unique cluster of beautiful towns and villages.
You can see five of these places in pictures
. If you love being surrounded by flowers, consider visiting the Cotswolds when bluebells, England’s favourite flower, bloom
. The Cotswolds are always in the top UK cycling destinations as you can see in our list of the 5 Finest Cycling Holidays Across the UK
and our 2015 Top Cycling Destinations
. Or find out more about walking in the Cotswolds
on our blog.
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