Adlestrop "Where for a moment a Blackbird sang" day walk in the Cotswolds


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Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children may be able to manage the walk but may want more entertainment.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

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 Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: A location within 15 miles (24 km) from the start of the walk. At Kingham or Moreton-in-Marsh railway station or your accommodation.

End Point Options: Suggested by Guide: At the pick up point or a previously agreed location.

Duration: 7 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.


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.

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.

What’s Included

Other: A guided walk for up to 10 people with Anne who will give you lots of interesting information about the countryside, it's nature and history. You will also receive a booklet describing the walk and the places of interest.

Pick up from a local railway station or accommodation for up to 3 people if requested.
I can help with finding local transport to the start of the walk for larger groups.

I can accommodate LARGER GROUPS. Please contact me to discuss arrangements and pricing,

I hold professional indemnity and public liability insurance and am trained in first aid.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 GBP - Lunch at a village pub and other refreshments.

What’s Extra

Other: Lunch and refreshments.

If you need a lift to the start of the walk and the pick up point is far (10 to 20 miles / 16 to 32 km), then there will be a small charge for the cost fuel etc.

A Recent Review of this tour

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.
Shahareen Abbas

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