A 13 km (8 mile) walking tour split between two areas: Chipping Campden in the west and Adlestrop in the east Cotswolds
This 8 miles (13 km) walking tour is split between two areas:
Chipping Campden is notable for its elegant terraced High Street, dating from the 14th century, that was built on wealth from the medieval wool trade. Indeed, the English Historian, G. M. Trevelyan, described it as "the most beautiful village street now left on the island". The morning walk explores the rich history of this lovely town and visits the site of the Cotswold Olympick Games where there are excellent views across the Severn valley to the Malvern Hills.
Then lunch and a 14 mile drive to Adlestrop where Jane Austen visited her uncle, the rector, in the late 18th century, and where in June 1914 on the brink of WWI, the poet Edward Thomas heard a blackbird sing and wrote his famous poem 'Adlestrop' evoking memories of all English villages. It continues through the rolling countryside to Chastleton House, a rare gem of a Jacobean country house.
This is a walking tour so a waterproof jacket and shoes or boots with a good grip are required.
Meet at the start of the walk, a local railway station (Moreton-in-Marsh or Kingham) or at your accommodation if within 15 miles of the start of the walk.
A 3. 5 mile circular walk through Chipping Campden followed by a short ascent to the Cotswold Escarpment with great views to the west across the Severn Valley then back down to the town.
Travel to Adlestrop with a pub, cafe or sandwich stop for lunch.
A 4. 5 mile circular walk in the Adlestrop area.
Return to the meeting place.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: At the start of the walk. Or a location within 15 miles (24 km) from the start of the walk, for example, at Kingham or Moreton-in-Marsh railway station or your accommodation. This private transportation is free of charge.
End Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Where we met or at a previously agreed location.
Duration: 9 hours
The duration includes time for lunch and stops at places of interest.
We will be walking through rolling countryside for 5 to 6 hours.
Note: it can be muddy underfoot so please wear comfortable boots or shoes with deep treds/lugs. The bottoms of your trousers might also get muddy.
Transportation by car between walking sites.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 GBP - per person for lunch and refreshments.
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My husband and I booked 3 days of tours with Anne. They were everything we had hoped for in providing historical context and local lore as we explored each beautiful area. Anne was very flexible about the schedule, and tailored the days to our interests and desire to walk. We entered lovely field paths that we never would have found on our own, and learned the names of local wildflowers and some geology along the way. Anne's stories have whetted my appetite to read more English history! Thanks, Anne!