After walking the Camino in 2012, I wanted to explore another long distance walk – this time in England. The Cotswolds are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so walking through this beautiful part of the country sounded perfect. The Way follows the Cotswold Escarpment from Chipping Norton to Bath – a distance of 102 miles or 163km – and it can be walked in either direction.
Penny (NZ) and Rose (Cholsey) joined me for 10 days of rambling through a mix of lovely market towns, pretty villages, hills and woodlands, and past stately homes and thatched cottages made of the honey-coloured stone from this area. There was also a magnificent tower folly built in Victorian times, fascinating churches and gravestones and even a Neolithic burial mound (Belas Knap).
We stayed in BnB’s, farmhouses, an old mill, country pubs and a Youth Hostel. Here’s our itinerary:
|Train from Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh Dep: 9.04am. Arr: 9.58 Then bus to Chipping Campden Dep: 10.43 Arr: 1.12pm Walk from Chipping Campden to Broadway (9.5 km; 6 miles) Bus 21/22 to Moreton-on-Marsh (dep 5.37pm; arr 6pm) then Bus 801 to Stow-on-the-Wold (dep 6.10pm; arr 18.25pm)|
|Bus or taxi back to Broadway Broadway to Winchcombe (19.5km; 12 miles)|
|Winchcombe to Dowdeswell (17.5km; 11 miles)|
|Dowdeswell to Birdlip (16.5km; 10.5 miles)|
|Birdlip to Randwick (21.5 km; 13.5 miles)|
|Randwick to Dursley (17km; 10.5 miles)|
|Dursley to Wotton-under-Edge (11.5km; 7 miles)|
|Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury (20.5 km; 13.5 miles)|
|Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton (13.5 km; 8.5 miles)|
|Cold Ashton to Bath (16km; 10 miles) – then train home to Cholsey (via Oxford)|
The photo gallery can tell the story ……