Hall of Fame Members (page 1 of 21)

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


Angelika Grawe

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.


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


John Smith

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!


Judy Young

From: Shelbyville, Kentucky USA

Started: 9th Sep, 2019 — Finished: 16th Sep, 2019


Saurabh Handa and Sarah Walsh

From: Vancouver, Canada

Started: 19th Aug, 2019 — Finished: 26th Aug, 2019

We did the trail from Chipping Campden to Bath. This was an amazing experience for both of us and something that should be on the bucket list of anyone who wants to see the countryside in a way that is both physically rewarding (because you walked the entire trail after all) and visually beautiful. I hope we get a chance to do it again.


Jennifer Schmieder

From: Cardiff, UK

Started: 10th Jul, 2019 — Finished: 24th Aug, 2019

I hiked the Cotswolds Way in two segments and backpacked along the way. I have encountered so many lovely people along the way and on campsites. In all honesty, navigating fields full of cows and calves without getting angrily followed by them was the biggest challenge. I was surprised how many international hikers I met and I enjoyed every last chat to the max. A wonderful path, hilly, forested, challenging, quiet and peaceful. Loved the experience. Check out the pictures I took on my Instagram @Jennifer_hikes