The Cotswold Way runs along the western escarpment of the Cotswold Hills, where steep ridges and deeply carved coombes mark the action of ancient glaciers.
A walking holiday in the Cotswolds takes you from Chipping Camden, a town which dates back to medieval times, to Bath - where you can still see the Roman Baths which have been preserved along with numerous artifacts in the adjoining museum.
Walking the Cotswolds is a walk through English history. You will pass a number of historical sites including several Neolithic burial mounds, numerous hill forts and prehistoric barrows, magnificent churches and mansion houses.
The Cotswolds is the largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and you will enjoy the gentle swell of uplands laced with dry stone walls and nestling villages of rich creamy stone.
For wild flower enthusiasts Cleeve Hill is particularly noted for its fine display and rich summer covering of harebells. The flowers bring with them the butterflies; Chalkhill Blues and Fritillaries, Meadow Browns and Cabbage Whites. Bird life is plentiful, the meadow pipit may not be the most beautiful to look at, but its song is a welcome accompaniment on a long walk. A keen eye will spot the skylark, whilst kestrels and buzzards dance on the thermals.
The Cotswold Way National Trail explores one glorious village after another. There are the grotesque gargoyles of Winchcombe church, rose covered cottages in Stanton, the thatched cricket pavilion in Stanway and the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham.
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