From: Corsham, Wiltshire
Started: 6th May, 2017 — Finished: 4th Jan, 2020
Nigel Pearce Michael Cartwright
From: Llantwit Fardre and Caerphilly
Started: 4th Mar, 2018 — Finished: 3rd Nov, 2019
We had walked the wales coastal path and offas dyke and wanted a fresh challenge the trail is beautiful well signposted and plenty of benches to rest tired legs and eat a sand witch I loved the quaint villages
John Hicks and Jane Ford
From: Melbourne, Australia
Started: 9th Oct, 2019 — Finished: 19th Oct, 2019
Absolutely wonderful time. Delightful walk with great vistas around every corner, delightful people and wonderful B&Bs all along the way. Eventually we had to stop using the adjective 'gorgeous' as we rounded the next corner and try to think of something more inventive, however it really was gorgeous in every sense. Two problems that you need to be aware of however: * the distances on the website are about 25% less than the actual distances you will walk, and given the undulating nature of the walk this can be a problem. We met many people as we walked and they all had this same experience. * Toghill Farm House advertises that it is accessible to walkers from the Cotswolds Way. This is not the case and it should be avoided (took us hours to get there and back, along with significant traffic hazards).
Elissa B. and Robert C. Bernius
From: Potomac, Maryland USA
Started: 5th Oct, 2019 — Finished: 18th Oct, 2019
A great walk with some rain, more mud, and marvelous vistas.
Rebecca Wedl, Justin Birnbaum, Madeline Birnbaum
From: Palo Alto, California, USA
Started: 5th Oct, 2019 — Finished: 11th Oct, 2019
Cotswold Superlatives Longest day: 21 miles Shortest day: 11 miles Best picnic: Scotch eggs on the top of a windy hill with panoramic views between Cheltenham and Painswick Worst weather: Final day, torrential rain and wind all day - we finished strong! Best hotel: St. Michael's in Painswick, beyond fabulous rooms and breakfast, couldn't recommend more (close second: 3 Abbey Green in Bath) Most haunted hotel: The White Hart Inn in Winchcombe (but still a nice place!) Best new vocab word for us Americans: Hiya! Most memorable animal encounter (dangerous): Saw and took some up-close pictures of a very cute snake, turned out to be an adder Most memorable animal encounter (not dangerous): Negotiating our way past some mildly spooked cows who were standing directly in front of the gate leading out of a field onto the trail Quintessential image of the trip: Stepping over a stile into a verdant pasture dotted with sheep and oak trees
Lori Marquardson & Marc Nolte
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Started: 2nd Oct, 2019 — Finished: 10th Oct, 2019
Placing one foot in front of the other day after day, knowing there were no decisions to be made about what to wear or what to do each morning, stopping to gaze over the sigh-inspiring vistas, looking cows in the eye and willing them to move, scraping boots caked with mud after passing through another farmer's field, appreciating the downs after the steep ups, indulging in forest bathing, and feeling like you truly deserved that second or third pint at the end of the day--all of these were part of our wonderful experience walking the Cotswold Way. We loved the yews at St. Mary's in Painswick, couldn't believe there were people golfing on the blustery rainy day that we passed over Cleeve Common, and appreciated the bench dedicated to Stewart Burgess overlooking Bath where we stopped for a rest and a snack on our last day. It is over a month later and details of our journey still come to us and we are so happy to have done the walk.
From: Perth Western Australia
Started: 27th Sep, 2019 — Finished: 6th Oct, 2019
A wonderful experience! I enjoyed every day despite the rain, the wind and lots of mud.
Martin and Anton
From: Hampshire and East Sussex
Started: 6th Apr, 2019 — Finished: 6th Oct, 2019
Four weekends when our wet weather gear never came out of our rucksacks. A truly exceptional experience throughout: the variety of views and countryside, exhausting and exhilarating - but don't underestimate the challenge, some of those hills are pretty tough. The path is magnificently maintained and signposted all the way. Thanks and congratulations to the volunteer wardens.
Andy & Gilli Gore
From: Dronfield, Derbyshire
Started: 23rd Sep, 2019 — Finished: 28th Sep, 2019
Phew! Glorious steep hills and vales, no bunnies but buzzards, long barrows and forts, a battle of the elements of wind, rain and sun! Fabulous people and a mix of wonderful campsites, church porches and properties
From: Amersham, Bucks, UK
Started: 18th Sep, 2019 — Finished: 23rd Sep, 2019
A brilliant walk, and I was blessed by extremely good weather. I stayed at pubs/hotels on the Way itself and it was very easy to organise this. Leave time to visit the sites - Broadway Tower, Hailes Abbey, numerous Iron Age Forts, Painswick, and of course Bath. There are some really serious climbs on the middle sections (and I mean serious) but overall the walk is straightforward. I did 20/25 miles a day, which was too onerous, even with beer, food and a bed at the end of each day! If I did it again, I’d try to average 15. Overall, I have been blessed by wonderful views, and have seen places I would never have got to if just be in ga tourist in a car. A great way to spend 6 days and a real sense of achievement.
Callum & Sally Woof
From: Woking, Surrey, UK
Started: 24th Jun, 2017 — Finished: 22nd Sep, 2019
Walked the path in 6 days over 3 weekends (North Nibley to Bath, North Nibley to Leckhampton Hill, Leckhampton to Chipping Campden) - four days of glorious sunshine and two days of showers and clouds! The views along the path were wonderful (my favourite was from the Tyndale monument, Mum's from Cam Long Down), the B&Bs we stayed at were pleasant and always welcoming. Only took one or two wrong turnings over 102 miles which we quickly corrected! There were so many flowers when we walked in May 2018, and saw a load of startled rabbits near Painswick one late afternoon. First National Trail for both of us, will hopefully complete a few more soon!
steve and Niki Woolven
From: West Chiltington, UK
Started: 13th Sep, 2019 — Finished: 20th Sep, 2019
Very lucky with the weather.6 days out of 7 we had wall to wall sunshine.
Guy Martin, Sam Halling and Tom Jaeger
From: Cotswolds / Warwickshire
Started: 15th Sep, 2019 — Finished: 20th Sep, 2019
As keen hikers at the best of times, the three of us decided to take on our first long-distance walk. We'd been saying for several years how we'd like to walk the entire Cotswold Way in one go, and so to round off the summer of 2019, we finally did it. We completed the full 102 miles over 6 days, from Bath to Chipping Campden, camping on the first three nights and staying in one of our houses (conveniently close to the trail) for the last two. Due to the extra weight of our big packs for the first four days, there was inevitably some pain along the way, largely in the form of blisters and hip strain, however we persevered and completed this beautiful walk within our 6 day goal. Accompanied by perfect weather and countless friendly encounters with fellow hikers and locals along the way, walking the Cotswold Way was an experience that we will never forget, and we can't wait to take on our next national trail.
Nita Sibley & Chris Richer
From: Holland on Sea, Essex
Started: 10th Sep, 2019 — Finished: 19th Sep, 2019
This walk is not for the faint hearted as it was harder than we anticipated - especially the first half. However we did it!
Karen Kroeger and Riverstone (Mary) Williams
From: Avondale Estates (Atlanta) Georgia, USA
Started: 7th Sep, 2019 — Finished: 16th Sep, 2019
History,culture, and the great outdoors! We walked from Chipping Campden to Bath in 9 days. The hills were a little steeper than anticipated, but the stunning vistas from the top were always worth it. We especially loved the ancient forests and meeting friendly locals out walking with their dogs. An unforgettable experience!