Walking in England The Cotswold Way from Bath to Old Sodbury
Double / Single
£353 / £587
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Start Any Day February to November
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
A three centre inn-to-inn, self-guided walking tour in England on the Cotswold Way from Bath to Old Sodbury in Gloucestershire. 3 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, 1 evening meal, 2 days walking, transfer of luggage, transfer from Old Sodbury to the nearest rail station, walking guide book and maps.
The Cotswold Way in Gloucestershire follows the escarpment of the Cotswold hills from the Georgian City of Bath to the historic small town of Chipping Campden. This walking route through the best loved area of England offers a variety of walking scenery, from hilltop viewpoints to valley woodlands, through villages and farmland on the southern section to the oddly named village of Old Sodbury.
You start the walk on this southern section of the Cotswold Way from the Abbey churchyard, by the Roman Baths in Bath. You are soon walking up onto the hills that surround this town and move through the tiny villages of Cold Ashton, Tormarton and settle for the night below ancient monuments such as the pre-historic Hill Fort at Old Sodbury and the occasional Long Barrow. This is an area of farm fields and great estates. Your southern Cotswold Way walking tour finishes at the tiny village of Old Sodbury. A taxi is included from Old Sodbury to Yate railway station on your final morning.
You stop in country guesthouses, farmhouses and inns along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double or single rooms,all with en-suite facilities.
DAY ONE: Arrival at Bath. You can arrive at the guesthouse anytime after 3pm.
Dinner is usually served in hotels and pubs between 7pm - 9pm (not included in tour price). Overnight at Bath, Avon, England.
DAY TWO: Walking from Bath to Cold Ashton. 10 miles (16km). You leave the City of Bath behind and below you as you cross the Golf Course and meander through farms and small woods onto Lansdown Hill. Past the Granville Monument before dropping down to the village of Cold Ashton and across the fields to Pennsylvania. Dinner is included tonight (there is no nearby restaurant or pub). Overnight at Cold Ashton, Gloucestershire, England.
DAY THREE: Walking from Cold Ashton to Old Sodbury. 8.5 miles (13.5km). You pass through Dyrham with its Deer Park. Now you rise up steeply through fields and cross the main West Country road route to arrive at the village of Tormarton. Now you descend to Old Sodbury through the Capability Brown designed park of Dodington House. Your accommodation is high above the village, where once the young Queen Elizabeth was stranded in a snowdrift. Dinner can be taken at your hotel (not included in tour price). Overnight at Old Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England.
DAY FOUR: Departure. The tour finishes from Old Sodbury after breakfast. You will be transported to Yate rail station (included in tour price).
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to BATH (NOT included in tour price): Bath Spa is the nearest rail station, which is served by trains every 30 minutes from London (Paddington). Presently the 11:45am arrives 13:05pm. You will require a taxi for the short distance to the hotel.
TRAVEL from OLD SODBURY to YATE (included in tour price): Yate is the nearest rail station to Old Sodbury. You and your luggage will be collected after breakfast and transported to the rail station.
RAIL TRAVEL from YATE to LONDON (NOT included in tour price). Trains run approx. every hour from Yate to London (Paddington). Presently the 10:39am arrives London (Paddington) at 12:22pm, change Bristol Parkway. The next at 11:59 arrives London (Paddington) at 14:22, change Gloucester.
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GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farms and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.
You can view the current weather forecasts for this area at https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/0/2653137 these become more accurate within 3 days.