Enjoy this self-guided walking break, exploring some of the most popular destinations in the Cotswolds. Wander through pleasant and picturesque villages, with plenty of tea shops to stop at, should you get thirsty.
Getting to the Cotswolds
By Rail/Bus – The nearest train station to Bourton on the Water is Moreton in Marsh and from ere a taxi or local bus number 801. Alternatively a train from Cheltenham Spa and local bus 801 to Bourton. The websites below can help you plan your journey.
By Car – The Cotswolds can be reached via the M4 and M40 Motorway or M5. The website below can help you plan your journey.
By Air – There are a number of airports close to the Cotswolds including Bristol and Birmingham. Catch a train from either Birmingham or Bristol to Cheltenham Spa and then local bus 801 to Bourton. The websites below can help you plan your journey.
This grade of this tour is moderate.
- Bourton on the Water
- Bourton on the Water
Daily Distance Range
- Minimum:7 miles / 11 km per day
- Maximum:11 miles / 18 km per day
This tour has a variety of durations from 2 nights to 4 nights.
This tour is available from January until December.
What is included in the tour
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
Smartphone App with GPS
Emergency Telephone Assistance
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel to Bourton on the Water
- Lunch, Dinner & Drinks
- Entrance to attractions
This tour has three available itineraries - two night three days, three night four days as well as four nights five days. Please telephone for other options.
A: Arrive and settle into your accommodation before exploring the local area
B: Walk over typical Cotswold land and cross the Rivers Dikler and Eye before visiting the pretty Cotswold villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. Although the name ‘Slaughter’ sounds rather harsh, it actually originates from the from the Olde English for slough meaning marshy ground. The village is among the most picturesque with its little bridges, cottages and humble water mill.
Approx Distance 8 or 11 miles (13 or 18 km)
C: Wander along several ancient bridleways and capture a glimpse of the lovely old villages of Great and Little Rissington. Visit over 140 acres of ancient water meadows that were originally created around 1844. These are very fertile areas and the warming waters promote plenty of fresh new grass for animal feeding. Wading birds such as Curlew, Redshank and Snipe can sometimes be seen, as can an abundance of dragonflies and other fascinating water species.
Approx Distance 7 or 11 miles (11 or 18 km)
D: Experience a very pleasant Cotswold country walk with fine views over luscious countryside, to the hilltop village of Cold Aston with the sheltered valley setting of Naunton. You will pass the sparkling River Windrush in several places where you will discover wild watercress which is a sign of pure clear water. Finish the walk by following the beautiful river valley back to Bourton, one of the most picturesque village in the Cotswolds.
E: Depart or extra nights
The routing is subject to accommodation availability and will be as follows using the Route letters above:
The 2 day, 3 night holiday will be routed A B E
The 3 day, 4 night holiday will be routed A B C C E
The 4 day, 5 night holiday will be routed A B C D E
The correct clothes are important to ensure comfort during the ride. We suggest avoiding anything with seams and buttons in sensitive areas. Padded cycling shorts are a good idea. Clothing should take moisture from the body to the outside. Sweatshirts, thin pullovers and breathable jackets are ideal companions during the cooler days. Take light, waterproof jackets and trousers in case there is rain. One size helmets are provided but are not compulsory in the UK. On hot days we suggest a cap or hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun.
- Rolling Hills
- Picturesque villages
- Bourton Model Village
- Dragonfly Maze
- Cotswold Pottery
- Motor and Toy Museum
- The Slaughters
- Old Mill Museum
- Old fashioned tea rooms