WALKING THE COTSWOLD WAY
The Cotswold Way runs along the western escarpment of the Cotswold Hills from Chipping Campden at the northern end down to the World Heritage City of Bath, the whole route is steeped in history. The Path is 102 miles in total but it can be broken into shorter sections and can be walked in either direction.
Chipping Campden is generally the starting point, its a wonderful market town dating back to the 14th Century, many houses in the town are built from honey coloured Cotswold stone, the architecture is wonderful. The Walking Holiday Company prides itself on working with clients to produce a bespoke itinerary and the Cotswold Way will give you so many excuses to have a walk-free day or two and explore the wonderful stately homes and gardens, the churches and even the odd folly along the route.
Cleeve Hill just to the north of Cheltenham provides a wonderful display of wild flowers in the spring and early summer and with the flowers come butterflies. Look out for the Cotswold Lion, a rare breed of sheep with a golden fleece, these sheep have grazed in the Cotswold hills since Roman times.
Walking along the Cotswold Way is like a walk through history with Neolithic burial mounds, hill forts, churches and abbeys and all before you arrive in Bath. Bath provides another excellent opportunity to take a couple of extra days to explore the City before you head home.
The City is famed for its beautiful 18th century Georgian architecture and sits on the river Avon. The Roman Baths are around 2000 years old, the thermal water comes from hot springs deep beneath the City. Bath became a spa town in the Georgian era, the Royal Crescent, Bath Circus and Pump Room are all built from Bath stone and are well worth a visit. The church of St Peter and St Paul is the official title of Bath Abbey, it was originally founded in the 7th Century as a Benedictine Monastery and is also the official end to the Cotswold Way. You can tour the whole City in an open topped bus and then take afternoon tea in the Pump House.
The transport links to the area are excellent, if you like your walking, mixed with interesting architecture and local history then The Cotswold Way is the walk for you.