Day 1 Arrival in Winchcombe
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Winchcombe.Please remember that the last bus leaves Cheltenham at 18.00. There are no bus connections between Cheltenham and Winchcombe on Sundays.
Day 2 Winchcombe to Leckhampton Hill17.4 Miles / 28 Km 7-10 Hrs 750 Metres
Far-reaching views from the top of Cleeve Common (at 317m – the highest point of the walk) where the Brecon Beacons in Wales are visible on a clear day. Lineover Wood, where some trees date back over 700 years is particularly impressive.
Day 3 Leckhampton Hill to Painswick12.4 Miles / 20 Km 5-7 Hrs 490 Metres
Early in the day, you pass through Crickley Hill Country Park with wonderful views from the escarpment over the plains below. The quiet walker will have a good chance to spot some of the wild deer that roam the majestic beech tree forests close to Birdlip. The trail descends via a golf course into the picturesque little town of Painswick.
Day 4 Painswick to Dursley16.8 or 18.6 Miles / 27 or 30 Km 7-11 Hrs 770/880 Metres
Today, after walking through open countryside for the first few kilometres, the trail leads you through some of the wonderful wooded areas on the Cotswold Way. Stockend Wood and Standish Wood are two fine examples you will pass through on today’s walk. Spend some time exploring the ancient burial grounds dating back 5,000 years at Nympsfield, with spectacular vistas over the Severn Valley.
Day 5 Dursley to Hillesley12.4 Miles / 20 Km 5-7 Hrs 550 Metres
A steep climb out of Dursley in the morning and more stunning views over the Severn Estuary unveil themselves. Moving on to North Nibley, you pass a monument dedicated to the memory of William Tyndale – a local man responsible for the translation of the Holy Bible into English in the 16th Century.
Day 6 Hillesley to Cold Ashton16.2 Miles / 26 Km 7-9 Hrs 445 Metres
Imagine how some of England’s wealthiest people live as you pass by the sprawling countryside estates of three wonderful old county homes at Horton Court, Dodington Park and Dyrham Park. The grounds are wonderful for walking and you may be lucky enough to spot deer, rabbit and even foxes on the trail.
Day 7 Cold Ashton to Bath10.6 Miles / 17 Km 4-6 Hrs 310 Metres
Today, your path takes you across a battlefield where, in 1643, hundreds of English soldiers died fighting one another during the English Civil War. From this beautiful, yet somehow eerie, site you descend into the majestic town of Bath. Your journey ends at the fittingly spectacular Bath Abbey next to the Roman Baths – a great end to a great walk!
Day 8 Departure from Bath
There are regular bus & train services from Bath to London/Bristol and other destinations in the UK.