Sarah Thorneycroft & Victoria Jenkins
From: Cornwall & Carmarthen
Started: 13th Jul, 2021 — Finished: 20th Jul, 2021
Did the full route over 8 days - self guided so relied on good signage as well as detailed maps. Generally easy to follow signs although did get confusing when there was lots of them all together and they often changed colour - would have been good if the Cotswold Way signs were distinguishable from other public footpaths in the area. More challenging than we thought it would be but managed it in a good time despite the last four days being in a heatwave.
From: Lymington, Hampshire
Started: 28th Jun, 2021 — Finished: 2nd Jul, 2021
It was the best walk of my life, challenging and varied. Great people too, would recommend joining the Facebook group, more great people
Simon Throssell and Dan Thompson
From: London and Cambridge via Leighton Buzzard
Started: 29th May, 2021 — Finished: 4th Jun, 2021
Watch our film, IN THEIR COTSWOLDIAN FOOTSTEPS: https://youtu.be/nJeFJUQfeno On the day after film-maker Simon Throssell's parents married, his grandparents walked 102 miles along The Cotswold Way from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire to Bath in Somerset. After recently discovering his Grandpa's old diaries, Simon and his best friend Dan Thompson attempt the same journey 30 years later as they follow in their Cotswoldian footsteps.
Vanessa Cruwys, Richard French, Pete and Kate White, Mark Lavenstein
From: Tunbridge Wells
Started: 28th May, 2021 — Finished: 3rd Jun, 2021
Beautiful scenery and very favourable weather. More climbing than we had assumed! Some great vistas on the hills with 360 degree views. Limited cafes and pubs en route for lunch stops. Decent accommodation options. Best accommodation was Forthay Guest House in North Nibley and Bell Inn in Selsley Common near Stroud.
Started: 30th Apr, 2021 — Finished: 4th May, 2021
Did the walk over 4/5 days as part of Captain Tom 100 challenge. For my local NHS hospital charity and cancer research. Stunning scenery makes multiple climbs worth it. Kept pace with a Muntjac Deer also enjoying the route at Dowdeswell reservoir. A total wellbeing experience, brought all buried feelings about grieving for family and challenges of covid to front of my mind so I could release them. Emotional at times but spurred me on to fulfill my challenge.
Started: 2nd Apr, 2021 — Finished: 5th Apr, 2021
It is very beautiful trail and good views of Cotswold.
From: Clevedon, Somerset
Started: 20th Jun, 2020 — Finished: 16th Oct, 2020
Alison Quayle, Quinton Quayle, Rufus
From: Ebrington, near Chipping Campden
Started: 9th Apr, 2017 — Finished: 10th Oct, 2020
Walking north to south, we've tackled some sections of the route with just our spaniel Rufus, some with family, and some with friends. During our time on the trail we gained a daughter-in-law, and later a grandson, who was responsible for a significant slowing of progress! However, in the year of Covid we needed a target, so we polished off the second half of the walk in five months. We have wonderful memories of the wide-ranging views; glimpses of history, from Iron Age forts to Tyndale's first translation of the Bible into English, from the Civil War to the Canal Age at the Stroudwater Navigation; the varied scenery, from green lanes to woodland and from parkland to wildflower meadows - and a good few steep hikes, at places such as Cooper's Hill, and before and after Dursley! Arriving in Bath, a city we know and love, gave us a tremendous sense of achievement. Now, Rufus will be wondering where next?
Michelle, Claire, Karen and Kim
Started: 22nd Jul, 2016 — Finished: 22nd Sep, 2020
It took a while but we finished it!
Sue & Ray Davis
From: West Wickham, Kent
Started: 15th Sep, 2020 — Finished: 21st Sep, 2020
Loved every minute of it. We walked it in 7 days of glorious sunshine. Every steep climb rewarded us with a beautiful view. Fantastic scenery, lovely villages, interesting history and a well earned couple of days in Bath to recover at the end!
Started: 1st Feb, 2020 — Finished: 30th Aug, 2020
A lovely trail which I was able to walk with lovely company.
Sumit and Debs
Started: 22nd Aug, 2020 — Finished: 28th Aug, 2020
Wonderful scenery, friendly people along the route, weather was a mixed bag but overall a very enjoyable multi day walk.
John and Kath Gould
From: Kidlington, Oxon
Started: 22nd Mar, 2020 — Finished: 26th Aug, 2020
We started the first leg of our walk in Chipping Campden on a sunny spring day in late March, just before the nation was plunged into lockdown, which meant that our attempt immediately stalled at Stanton! In early July we resumed the challenge and after a further seven days in the next two months, all chosen for their good weather, we elatedly arrived outside Bath Abbey. What a fantastic walk and thank you to all the rangers, some of whom we met en route, for maintaining the Way. There were too many highlights to mention, but the memories will live on in the log we created. On the way we identified over 120 wild flower species, 40 bird species and 16 butterfly species and met many fellow walkers. We shall probably do the walk again in the opposite direction!
Arianne, Chloe, Katie , Emma , Jean and Graham Harbord
From: Stroud, Gloucestershire
Started: 5th Jan, 2020 — Finished: 10th Aug, 2020
Our four daughters aged 7,10,12 and 14 have grown to love walking and all of the things that happen unexpectedly along the Way . From wildlife to wild weather and the joy of soup and a sandwich in the woods ! Great experience and somehow enhanced as we couldn't go in to cafes and pubs ( although we plan to go to plenty of them soon!)
From: Stroud, United Kingdom
Started: 2nd Aug, 2020 — Finished: 6th Aug, 2020
It was hot