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Trail Facts

Total distance: 102.5 miles (164 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days running
Minimum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24.5 miles (39.5 km)
Code: R-COTW3

Grade: Moderate
Season: 17th March - 28th October
Start of holiday: Chipping Campden
End of holiday: Bath


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Chipping Campden where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Chipping Campden to Winchcombe. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 3: Winchcombe to Birdlip. 21 miles (34km)

Day 4: Birdlip to Dursley. 24.5 miles (39.5km)

Day 5: Dursley to Tormarton. 22 miles (35km)

Day 6: Tormarton to Bath. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 7: Depart from Bath after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


Extra nights / rest days

The Cotswold Way visits many wonderful towns and villages along the trail; if you would like to spend more time in one of these destinations and take a short break from trail running, then we would be happy to organise an extra night's stay for you at any of the stops.

The trail passes through Birdlip, a village that sits at the top of the north-west escarpment of the Cotswolds and enjoys fantastic views over the Vale of Gloucester. For budding historians, the local area is littered with evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements and burial sites just waiting to be explored, while the village itself is dotted with pubs and cafes in which to unwind and enjoy delicious food and drinks.

The historic city of Bath, with its glorious Georgian architecture, is one of the most popular choices for an extra night or two, and is a perfect place to celebrate the completion of your holiday. Just some of its iconic buildings include the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, the Assembly Rooms that now house a Museum of Costume, the Abbey, The Circus and Lansdown Crescent, all of which are definitely worth a visit. If however you are in need of a bit of TLC following your run, Bath is renowned for its historical spa culture and offers a range of swimming pools and spa retreats, where you can enjoy a much-needed massage, relax in a sauna or bathe in the UK's only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters of Thermae Bath Spa.


What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports are London (both Gatwick and Heathrow airports) and Birmingham Airport.

Rail

The most convenient railway station for Chipping Campden is Moreton-in-Marsh. Take a bus or taxi from Moreton-in-Marsh to Chipping Campden. There is a railway station at the end of the trail (Bath).

From London - There are regular trains from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh (the most convenient railway station for Chipping Campden). From the end of the trail (Bath), there are regular trains back to London Paddington.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Chipping Campden) is to take a train from Bath Spa to Moreton-in-Marsh, usually via a transfer at Reading Station. From Moreton-in-Marsh, you can complete the journey to Chipping Campden via taxi or bus.

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