Bourton-on-the-Water and the Windrush Valley "Far from the Madding Crowd" day walk in the Cotswolds


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


Kid Friendly: No. Children may be able to manage the walk but may want more entertainment.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

8 to 15 km (5 to 10 mile) walking/hiking tour through lovely Cotswold countryside and villages

This country walk of 8 to 16 km (5 to 10 miles) passes through the iconic Cotswold villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter, the tranquil pastures of the Windrush and Eye valleys and Bourton-on-the-Water, a popular tourist town known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. The longer route visits the village of Naunton where there is a pub that serves excellent lunches.

The route and distance can vary depending on your interests and preference. This can be agreed in advance or decided on the day.

This is a walking tour, so you will need a waterproof jacket and waterproof shoes or boots with a good grip are essential.


Meet at your hotel, a local railway station or the start of the walk.

A circular walk of 8 to 16 km (5 to 10 miles) depending on preference through the Slaughters, the Windrush valley and Bourton-on-the-Water.

The longer walk takes in more of the Windrush Valley and the village of Naunton.

Pub stop for lunch or sandwiches.

Return to the meeting place.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The walk will normally start from the village of Lower Slaughter, but I can pick up to 3 people from a the local railway station (Kingham or Moreton-in-Marsh) or accommodation as agreed.

Meeting points further away will will incur an additional fee of £0.50 per mile to cover transport costs.

End location: The tour will end where we met unless otherwise arranged.

Duration: 6 hours

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 fully insured, small Peugeot car.
For larger groups with 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

A guided walk with Anne who'll 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 am fully insured and hold professional indemnity and public liability insurance, and am trained in first aid.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 GBP - per person for pub lunch and refreshments.

What’s Extra

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.


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.

A Recent Review of this tour

Anne was wonderful. Great communication with us before our visit. We spent the entire day walking the hills and villages of the Cotswolds. Anne was informative, friendly, and a joy to spend the day with. We had a wonderful lunch at a small pub in a tiny village and had a great afternoon walk back to Bourton on the Water. It was a day we will long remember and we have Anne to thank for it. It didn't hurt that the weather was absolutely perfect too!
David Turner

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