Start: Moreton-in-Marsh Finish: Winchcombe
Arrival in Moreton-in-Marsh by train.
The rest of the day is free to explore the town. The high street has many elegant eighteenth-century inns and houses including the Redesdale Market Hall located in the centre of town.
Accommodation: The Swan Inn is a family run inn and all rooms are ensuite
Today's walk to the medieval wool town of Bourton on the Water will take you via Stow on the Wold and Lower Slaughter. The river Windrush flows down the main street of Bourton on the Water.
Bourton is well known for its footbridges over the river Evenlode and for its scale model of the village.
Accommodation: The Lansdowne is a family-run 4 star guesthouse where you can expect a warm welcome on arrival
Today you will walk to the tiny village of Guiting Power. Nestled in the hills above a small valley, Guiting Power is a perfect example of a Cotswold village.
Accommodation: Our accommodation tonight is situated in the small and isolated typical village that has allowed time to pass it by. If staying in Naunton, you will walk through this village
There are a few walking route options today.
a. Via Sudeley Castle (18.5 km, 5 h)
b. Via Warden’s Way & Sudeley Castle (10.5 km, 2.5 h)
The walk today leads you to the atmospheric ruins of Hailes Abbey, destroyed under Henry VIII, and the still inhabited Sudeley Castle, where Henry VIII's last wife Katherine Parr lived. Winchcombe is a delightful town nestling in a deep valley near the regency town of Cheltenham.
Accommodation: in Wesley House, a 15th century merchants house, and its restaurant developed a reputation for excellent food
Arrangements end after breakfast.
There is a variety of accommodation along this walking route in the Cotswolds. They range from bed and breakfasts to lodges, pubs and small hotels. They are run by walker friendly hosts offering en-suite or private facility rooms with a tasty breakfast to get you ready for the walk ahead. Further facilities such as washing and drying facilities, packed lunches and packed lunches are available in some accommodations, you will be advised on your listing of what is available.
Situated amidst the tranquil beauty of the Gloucestershire countryside, The Swan Inn offers walkers the perfect spot to relax and unwind. They have 8 newly refurbished rooms that are decorated tastefully to make sure that you have an enjoyable stay. In the evening you could choose to eat here by popping into their pub for a delicious meal of steaks, pies and chilled beers.
The Lansdowne is one of the most popular family owned Guest Houses in the village. It is conveniently located 200 yards from the centre of the village.
Wesley House is a 15th century Merchant’s House in the historic Anglo Saxon town of Winchcombe in the Cotswolds. Their restaurant has been awarded an AA ** rosette and has developed a reputation for excellent food, elegant surroundings and exemplary service.The vibrant Wine Bar & Grill offers a lively atmosphere with an extensive cellar and delicious dishes in a relaxed setting.
This program can be booked any day between mid-March and late-October, subject to availability
Closest airports: Birmingham, Bristol, London Heathrow
You can get to Moreton-in-Marsh by train from London, Bristol and Birmingham which all have international airports.
From Winchcombe take a local bus to Cheltenham for your onward journey by train.
We supply route notes and gpx file as part of your walking package. If you would like additional walking guides or maps these can also be provided at an additional cost.