8 to 20 km (5 to 12 mile) walking/hiking tour through pretty Cotswold countryside and villages
This 8 to 20 km country walk passes through some of the loveliest villages in the east of the Cotswolds. The manor houses and churches in the villages are associated with historic figures such as Jane Austen, Robert Catesby the leader of the Gunpowder Plot, Warren Hastings the first Governor of India and the Sir Anthony Bamford the JCB entrepreneur.
The walk starts in Adlestrop near to the quiet station where, in June 1914, the Paddington to Worcester express train stopped unexpectedly and where a passenger, the poet Edward Thomas heard a blackbird sing. A few months later, during the early months WWI, he wrote the famous poem 'Aldestrop' evoking memories of all English villages.
This is a walking tour so waterproof shoes or boots with a good grip are essential. It is easy to moderate walking through rolling countryside and can be 8 to 20 km long, depending on your preference.
Meet at Adlestrop village at the start of the walk, at your accommodation or a local railway station (Kingham or Moreton-in-Marsh).
Follow a circular walk through the parishes and villages of Adlestrop, Oddington and Daylesford. The longer walk also visits Chastleton.
Pub stop for lunch or sandwiches.
Return to the meeting place.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The walk will start at the car park in Adlestrop - or at the local railway station or your hotel in the North Cotswolds as agreed.
End location: The walk will end where we met unless otherwise arranged.
Duration: 6 hours
As the walk can vary from 5 to 12 miles, the duration depends on the length of the walk chosen. The length of the tour depends on the length you would like to walk.
Estimate 1.5 to 2 miles (2.5 to 3 km) per hour, plus an hour for lunch.
GETTING TO THE WALK:
For up to 3 people, if you have not transport, I can meet you at a local railway station, bus station, or hotel and drive you in my small Peugeot car.
For larger groups and no transport, I can help you find local taxis.
DURING THE WALK:
For most of the day we will then be walking for several hours through a rolling landscape.
It can be muddy and slippery at times so please wear shoes or boots with deep lugs/tred. The bottoms of your trousers might also get muddy.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 GBP - Lunch at a village pub and other refreshments.
I offer driving tours from Oxford, Banbury, Stratford and North Cotswolds. I can pick up from a hotel or station. I do not offer day tours from London but can pick-up and drop-off on longer tours.
For walking tours, I pick up within 15 miles of the start.
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Hi Anne Coupled with your guidance, my whole family enjoyed the walking tour in the Cotswold ; even my husband who got very tired towards the end. No regrets. You have been very accommodative and have made the walk more interesting. I shall definitely be going for more such walking holidays in the UK in my future trips here.