Day 1 Arrival in Stanton
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Stanton.Please remember that the last bus leaves Cheltenham at 15.00. There are no bus connections between Cheltenham and Stanton on Sundays.
Day 2 Stanton to Cleeve Hill13.7 Miles / 22 Km 5-8 Hrs 560 Metres
A day full of historical treasures for you to uncover. The ancient ruins of a Cistercian monastery at Hailes and Sudeley Castle, not far from the trail at Winchcombe, are both stunning examples of the region’s rich history. However, the highlight of this walk may well be an incredibly well-preserved burial site dating back over 5,000 years at Belas Knap.
Day 3 Cleeve Hill to Leckhampton Hill11.2 Miles / 18 Km 4-6 Hrs 460 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 4 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 5 Painswick to Nympsfield12.4 or 14.3 Miles / 20 or 23 Km 5-8 Hrs 525/635 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.
Day 6 Nympsfield to Wotton-Under-Edge9.3 or 11.8 Miles / 15 or 19 Km 5-7 Hrs 510 Metres
A short, sharp climb to the summit of Cam Long Down offers splendid views of the surrounding countryside. 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 7 Wotton-Under-Edge to Old Sodbury13 Miles / 21 Km 5-7 Hrs 450 Metres
This walk is one of the more remote on the trail with a few tiny villages but mainly through countryside and along quiet paths and tracks. Later in the day, you pass two Iron Age forts (at Horton and Little Sodbury) – settlements dating back over 2,000 years.
Day 8 Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton8.7 Miles / 14 Km 4-5 Hrs 280 Metres
Imagine how some of England’s wealthiest people live as you pass by the sprawling countryside estates of two wonderful old county homes at 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 9 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 10 Departure from Bath
There are regular bus & train services from Bath to London/Bristol and other destinations in the UK.