I now have the dates for my first 2016 European hiking trip, “Walking the Cotswold Way in England.” It will be happening April 11 to 21.
The Way is a 102-mile trek in southwest England, winding up in the ancient city of Bath. It is known for quiet woodlands, flower-filled meadows, panoramic viewpoints, and impossibly charming villages.
The itinerary also includes visits to castles, Roman and prehistoric sites, and local pubs. Our luggage will be transferred from one hotel to another, so all we have to carry is what we need for the day. We will be walking just over 11 miles per day, leaving plenty of time to relax, visit, and take it all in.
The countryside and the old churches just look fantastic!
One side trip is to the magnificent Blenheim Palace and it’s 2,000 acres of gardens and parkland. I wrote a whole blog post about that trip.
I found this alluring piece of text on the official trail website.
The Trail is 102 miles (164 Km) long, and runs for most of its length on the Cotswold escarpment. It passes through many picturesque villages and close to a significant number of historic sites, for example the Roman heritage at Bath, the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap, Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, Hailes Abbey and many beautiful churches and historic houses.
However, what is perhaps so unique about the Cotswold Way is its concentrated variety and diversity. One minute you will be in internationally important wildflower meadows, the next shaded beech woodlands rich with the colour of bluebells and the scent of wild garlic. You could breakfast in a sleepy little village, lunch in a thriving market town and eat dinner under the stars – no two days on the Cotswold Way will be the same!
Here is a video I found on YouTube:
If you want to find out more, get in touch with me directly or sign up for my travel e-mail list below. You can also visit the trip page at Embark Adventures for more info, including pricing and some itinerary details.
Did you know I also lead hiking trips to Italy every year?
Here’s the link for the 2015 trip: