Cotswold Way Hall of Fame (page 1 of 25)

L and S

From: Bristol

Started: 8th Sep, 2016 — Finished: 27th Dec, 2021

It started off as a day hike near home but gradually turned into wanting to walk the whole route, going on a combination of day trips and overnighters. Each day was glorious until the last when it was wet all day, but certainly made up for it with a Festive pint in front of the fire.


Lisa Kinahan

From: Witney Oxfordshire

Started: 20th Mar, 2021 — Finished: 20th Nov, 2021

Started in March . It has taken 8 months and 3 seasons. The scenery and views on this trail are breathtaking , with lots of wow views that are as far as you can see. The Cotswold buildings in the villages and towns that you walk through are stunning. I had three over night stays on the 13 days walking . There are pubs who let you park up in their car park with your campervan, all you need to do is eat in their pub . My husband has been my support vehicle at times to aid the logistics of the trail walk in sections. I've had a great time on this trail


Lisa Kinahan

From: Witney Oxfordshire

Started: 20th Mar, 2021 — Finished: 20th Nov, 2021

Started in March . It has taken 8 months and 3 seasons. The scenery and views on this trail are breathtaking , with lots of wow views that are as far as you can see. The Cotswold buildings in the villages and towns that you walk through are stunning. I had three over night stays on the 13 days walking . There are pubs who let you park up in their car park with your campervan, all you need to do is eat in their pub . My husband has been my support vehicle at times to aid the logistics of the trail walk in sections. I've had a great time on this trail


Lisa Kinahan

From: Witney Oxon

Started: 21st Mar, 2021 — Finished: 20th Nov, 2021

Started in March . It has taken 8 months and 3 seasons. The scenery and views on this trail are breathtaking , with lots of wow views that are as far as you can see. The Cotswold buildings in the villages and towns that you walk through are stunning. I had three over night stays on the 13 days walking . There are pubs who let you park up in their car park with your campervan, all you need to do is eat in their pub . My husband has been my support vehicle at times to aid the logistics of the trail walk in sections. I've had a great time on this trail


Gert Corfield, Joe Corfield & Peter Boyden

From: Bromsgrove and Solihull

Started: 21st Apr, 2021 — Finished: 25th Oct, 2021

We walked the Cotswold Way in 9 stages over a few months as an intro to long distance footpath walking since retiring at the end of March 2021 (Gert Corfield). We couldn’t have chosen a better long distance path! Apart from 10 minutes of heavy rain during the the last stage into Bath the weather has been phenomenal and scenery stunning. I’ve also recorded some rare Orchids and Butterflies along the way - most notably the Duke of Burgundy on Prestbury Hill and Chalkhill Blue. Scarce birds included Red Kite, Redstarts and Crossbill. Waymarking was spot on and needed little help from OS maps so that was most appreciated. Will be doing the walk again next year in one go.


Pascale Maroney & Helen Seymour

From: Bath

Started: 18th Sep, 2021 — Finished: 19th Sep, 2021

Ran/jogged/walked as part of the Cotswolds Way centurion ultra


Linda and Darrell Barrett

From: Hiawassee GA USA

Started: 12th Sep, 2021 — Finished: 18th Sep, 2021

A 7 day walking journey with strenuous climbs, stately homes, and magnificent natural beauty. Carried full packs but had a warm bed every night.


Carla Hartley and Danielle Plecash

From: Austin, Texas, USA

Started: 24th Aug, 2021 — Finished: 30th Aug, 2021

We had a wonderful time! We chose to use a service that booked us rooms along the way and moved our luggage. A few places the signage is not great but we made it with very few detours. It helped that we used Alltrails with GPS to follow a recorded hike. I decided when there are multiple trails to choose from and you aren't sure... the one that looks the hardest or most steep is always the Cotswolds Way!


Ian, Zoe, Tom (14), Max (11)

From: Bucks

Started: 29th Aug, 2020 — Finished: 29th Aug, 2021

This was our second National Trail as a family (the Ridgeway our first). We walked it over 8 days over 5 weekends finishing a year from the day we started in Chipping Campden. Shortest day 10.85 miles, longest 17.76. We loved it. Even our younger son, Max, had to admit that he quite enjoyed the experience - helped by staying in hotels and the odd airbnb and eating in local restaurants. There are too many highlights to mention - each day brought fine views and lovely villages to wonder through. But I'd cite here Belas Knap, scaling Cleeve Hill on a cold early April morning, picking wild garlic in Dowdeswell Wood, the views from Hartley Hill and Coaley Peak, the lovely village of Painswick (great restaurants), Cam Long Down, Dyrham Park and the dramatic finale in Bath as you begin to get excited about the end - nothing can prepare you for turning the last corner and seeing the Abbey. The only bit we didn't enjoy was trying to cross the A436 at the roundabout with the Air Balloon pub (near Cold Slad). It verged on the dangerous and I had to step out to stop the traffic as the only way to cross a dual carriageway safely. But that was a blip. Beyond the sense of achievement of walking over 100 miles through fantastic countryside was the 50 odd hours we spent together. We didn't talk the whole way of course but in an age of mobile phones and game consoles walking was guaranteed family time. Next up in 2022, The Thames Path. Thanks to those who keep the path in excellent condition with superb signage. We are so lucky to have so many great routes to walk.


Eric P. Strauss

From: Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Started: 23rd Aug, 2021 — Finished: 28th Aug, 2021

Wow! What a trip! I completed walking the 102-mile Cotswold Way over six days, ending at Bath Abbey, on Saturday evening, 28 August. The weather was unbeatable, with nary a drop of rain the entire way and temperatures ranging from the low 50s °F to the low 70s °F. First and foremost I want to acknowledge my Mom, who sadly past away last month. Today would have been my parents 51st anniversary. I first visited the Cotswolds with my parents in 1993. I began planning this trip when my Mom was alive. Were she alive, she would have been my biggest cheerleader along the way, and so proud of my accomplishment. Second, I want to recognize and publicly thank my wife, for allowing me this time and for managing everything on the home front while I am frolicking around the English Countryside. It means the world to me. I love you, Laura. Third, a shout out to my Dad who first brought us to England (and Europe) during high school to see the country and in particular Bournemouth, where he was born. It was in large part that trip that whet my appetite to spend my junior year abroad at Oxford. Later, in my mid-20s, my Dad and I hiked 60 miles along the Southwest Coast Path, an experience which instilled in me a love for walking and for the English countryside and seaside. My visit to the UK to celebrate my 50th birthday has been an awesome trip of a lifetime — and it’s not over yet!


Amy Heath, Paul Brunton & Harry Eccles

From: Sandbach & Isle if Wight

Started: 9th Aug, 2021 — Finished: 13th Aug, 2021

A five Day Hike up and down those Hills, and overcoming our fear of cows. Lovely stops at Bath, Chipping Sodbury, Broadway, and even a little detour to The Cotswold Farm Park. Favourite spot? a wild camp on the Ridge (Cam Long Down) overlooking Dursley. you can check our experience of the CWW and other national trails out here: https://youtube.com/channel/UCPe5MsmhoF2PU7uIZpXNiXQ If your out hiking the CWW ensure you donate to the volunteers who keep it walkable.


Reina, Stuart and Mark Squires

From: Cheltenham

Started: 24th Oct, 2020 — Finished: 11th Aug, 2021

We started this walk as a family challenge during half term in October, we have been walking during lockdown and we decided to start this long walk after everything going on during the pandemic. We did this for all those people that are not with us, every time we started the walk in different sections we gave a little prayer for those people watching us from heaven. Was very emotional the last 30 miles, now we have finally finished and enjoyed every single mile we walk in any weather even in the snow, rain, and mod. We started from chipping Camden and finish in Bath. The hills and countryside were amazing.


Reina, Stuart and Mark Squires

From: Cheltenham

Started: 24th Oct, 2020 — Finished: 11th Aug, 2021

We started this walk as a family challenge during half term in October, we have been walking during lockdown and we decided to start this long walk after everything going on during the pandemic. We did this for all those people that are not with us, every time we started the walk in different sections we gave a little prayer for those people watching us from heaven. Was very emotional the last 30 miles, now we have finally finished and enjoyed every single mile we walk in any weather even in the snow, rain, and mod. We started from chipping Camden and finish in Bath. The hills and countryside were amazing.


Simon & Jacqueline Brown

From: Tenterden Kent

Started: 30th May, 2009 — Finished: 31st Jul, 2021

Started on a whim whilst at The Olympick Games; progressed through four house moves across the breadth of southern England and finally completed in this “real” Olympic year. Enjoyed many weekends away; particular shout outs to Court House Manor and The Wayfarer Café, both at Painswick.


Dianne T

From: Norwich

Started: 25th Jul, 2021 — Finished: 30th Jul, 2021

Lots of ups and downs during 6 days of beautiful countryside. All weathers encountered so glad I was prepared with waterproofs and sun cream. The trail was easy to follow and well marked but my phone apps consistently measured the distances walked as being more than the guide books alleged mileage, leaving me somewhat exhausted on the long days. The odd steep hill at the end of a day, especially in Bath towards the end tests one’s patience as well as walking skill, but makes it all the more rewarding. To do it in 6 days is challenging, so those wanting something more akin to a holiday should take longer. An enjoyable hilly walk.