From: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Started: 31st Oct, 2017 — Finished: 5th Nov, 2017
Beautiful walk! Challenging inclines were offset by fantastic views of the countryside and animals. Everyone I encountered was very friendly!
Started: 1st Feb, 2017 — Finished: 25th Oct, 2017
Members of the Worcester Ramblers at the end of the Cotswold's Way in Bath. A total of 17 walkers completed the trail over 8 sections, which took place between February and October 2017. A great success and achievement, the trail offered a wide variety of scenery, quaint villages with fabulous views across the Cotswold's.
Lary and Kathleen Taylor with Bruce and Charlene Bainum
From: Angwin, California, USA
Started: 12th Sep, 2017 — Finished: 19th Oct, 2017
We had a lovely hike.
The weather was perfect with only about 20" of rain.
England is beautiful and has an amazing amount of open countryside.
Shirenewton Village Walkers
From: Shirenewton, Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Started: 3rd Oct, 2016 — Finished: 16th Oct, 2017
OK, so a snail could have completed The Cotswold Way in a shorter time than we did! But we did the trail over 13 short stages using Kev Reynolds guide, going out for a day once a month or so and thoroughly enjoyed it. The landscape is spectacular and the villages beautiful. We usually finished the day with tea and cake in a cafe. I'm sure we'll be revisiting some of the stages again in the future.
Started: 4th Oct, 2017 — Finished: 11th Oct, 2017
Cotwold Way - Bath to Chipping Campden. Excellent walk. Thanks very much for all the hard work the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens have been doing along the route. We met them in various locations along the way, and we appreciated all the hard work they have been doing over the year to improve and maintain the route to the high standard it is. Great work everyone. Thanks for helping make this a lovely walk.
Started: 7th May, 2016 — Finished: 7th Oct, 2017
From: Bishopston, Bristol
Started: 7th May, 2016 — Finished: 7th Oct, 2017
The Cotswold Way in ten stages
Ulrike and Guido Krautz
From: Haan-Gruiten, Germany
Started: 25th Sep, 2017 — Finished: 1st Oct, 2017
We walked the Cotswold Way in 7 days, starting in Chipping Campden on 25th September and arriving in Bath on the 1st October, 2017. Despite a horrible weather forecast we were lucky and only got wet twice during our walk, namely during the first 2 and last 2 hours of the walk. It rained during some nights, though, so some stretches of the walk were very muddy. One of the most enjoyable features of this long distance walk are the views from the Cotswold escarpment alternating with walks through fine beech woodland. We were particularly lucky with the weather on those days when we walked along the most spectacular stretches of the escarpment between Cleeve Hill and Leckhampton Hill with views over Cheltenham and again between Painswick and King's Stanley with fine views over the Severn Valley and as far as the Severn Bridges near Bristol. The typical picturesque Cotswold villages with their hundreds of years old golden limestone buildings (like in Chipping Champden and Broadway) characterised the first day of the walk. We stayed at beautiful B&Bs and country hotels, all of them had their own charm, and enjoyed good food all along the way. As members of the National Trust we were glad to find lots of places to visit along the Cotswold way, such as Snowhill Manor (which can be reached by detour from the main path on day one), Hailes Abbey, Newark House and Park, Horton Court (currently being renovated) and Dyrham Park but also numerous other historical sites of interest such as hill forts (the best preserved one near Little Sodbury) and neolithic graves. Having said that, the walk never gets dreary. Evidently the final descent into Bath is another highlight and we walked past all the sightseeing hotspots like the Royal Crescent, The Circus, The Abbey, The Roman Baths and Pulteney Bridge before reaching our hotel. We added another day to explore Bath before we returned back to Germany.
Ruth & Sarah
From: Plymouth & Redcar
Started: 20th Aug, 2017 — Finished: 28th Sep, 2017
The weather deserves a special mention as, apart from a slight drizzle one morning, it was fine and dry all the way. Don’t you just hate carrying waterproofs for nothing?
- fantastic views from the escarpment and walking through some lovely beech woodlands
- getting a fit of the giggles when asked to don poly bags over our boots before entering the café at Hayles Fruit Farm
- climbing the Tyndale Monument - and the view from the top
- seeing combine harvesters working and the abundant hedgerow harvest of sloes, blackberries and elderberries along with an offer of free apples from a very kind person at Hammerdown!
- my husband (aka Sarah’s father) surprising us with a celebratory bottle of champagne complete with plastic ‘glasses’ at Bath Abbey
- Our carry a bag transfer service got our start date wrong so our bags were not waiting for us at Stanton when we arrived after our first day’s walking Very disappointing when you just want to have a nice hot shower and some clean clothes. They arrived about one and half hours later after a phone call
Jackie & Colin Selby
Started: 18th Sep, 2017 — Finished: 26th Sep, 2017
Martin and Elizabeth Potterton
From: Ballinafad, Ont. Canada
Started: 14th Sep, 2017 — Finished: 25th Sep, 2017
We walked Chipping Campden to Bath with beautiful views. We were lucky with the weather, just one rain day. We met some every lovely people along the way, walkers and host of our B&B's. We spent an extra day in Bath to explore the sights before returning to Canada. Another walk for the memory books. Thank you to all the volunteers of the path for making it a safe walk.
Aimee & Angela Bouchard
From: British Columbia & Manitoba, Canada
Started: 15th Sep, 2017 — Finished: 21st Sep, 2017
We enjoyed the walk very much! The weather cooperated for most of the journey and the English countryside is absolutely beautiful!!!! The trails were well marked most of the way. The few mixups we had were likely due to us being tired at the end of the day and not paying attention. The accommodations were are lovely and the hosts were very friendly and helpful. I'm looking forward to doing another hiking adventure one day soon.
Charlene & Bruce Bainum and Kathy & Lary Taylor
From: Angwin, CA USA
Started: 12th Sep, 2017 — Finished: 19th Sep, 2017
A beautiful well-marked trail. Lucky with the weather. Enjoyed the walk immensely.
Started: 6th Sep, 2017 — Finished: 16th Sep, 2017
Chipping Camden - Stanton, - Winchcombe - Dowdeswell - Birdlip - Painswick - Coaley Peak - Wotton under Edge - Little Sodbury - Cold Aston - Bath
Selina Bentsch and Andrea Hausner
From: Basel, Switzerland
Started: 21st Aug, 2017 — Finished: 31st Aug, 2017
Absolutely stunning views on this trail! We loved hiking in the Cotswolds. We went "the wrong way" from Bath to Chipping Campden with all of our stuff in big backpacks. The path got a little muddy from time to time, but especially in the second half of our walk the weather was great. We met wonderful people and saw a lot of sheep (we love sheep). It was absolutely worth it