Women's Walking Retreat in the Cotswolds
May 11-19, 2019
$2300, not including airfare.
With Heather Radl and Suzie Briddsang
The Cotswolds has long been famous as one of the most picturesque areas in England. Its thatched cottages and honey-colored stone walls are covered in wisteria, roses, and clematis. Sheep dot the rolling green hillsides. The area’s many market towns, built by the wealth of its 18th century wool industry, are linked with paths once traveled by shepherds and their woolly flocks. Protected now, and enhanced by signage, those paths have become The Cotswold Way, a beloved English hiking trail. Our itinerary will alternate between days on The Cotswold Way (8-12 miles per day, leaving plenty of time to enjoy our destinations) and days of relaxation which offer optional visits to sights of interest. We’ll also enjoy the region’s wonderful attractions, including the awe-inspiring and hysterical Gifford’s Circus, stately manors, and museums. Just before returning home, we’ll indulge ourselves with a stay in the famous spa town, Bath. Enjoy “taking the waters” at The Thermae Day Spa and discovering the town’s architectural, culinary and yarny delights. Knitters and non-knitters welcome! For registration materials, or to ask a question, please contact us.
Cost of Trip Includes
8 nights of accommodation in 3 & 4 star inns and hotels
8 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Entrance fees to Sudeley Castle, Giffords Circus, Thermae Spa, Roman Baths, Bath Fashion Museum, and Victoria Art Gallery
UK airport transfers and private mini-coach
but does not include
Soda, alcoholic drinks and personal items
Saturday, May 11th
Participants arrive mid day in England. We'll have some free time to explore in the lovely town of Stratford-on-Avon. Then it's afternoon tea and an early night for all of us at our first destination, Chipping Campden.
Sunday, May 12th
Settling into the Cotswolds
Our first day includes a visit to Hidcote Manor and Gardens and time to explore Chipping Campden's lovely shops, thatched cottages and Court Barn Museum of Arts & Craft.
Monday, May 13th
Off to Broadway
Following the Cotswolds Way, we will walk up the escarpment, out of Chipping Campden, and then along it’s ridge, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Our destination: Broadway Tower.
(6 miles with some uneven terrain, total ascent 600 feet, total descent 800 feet.)
Tuesday, May 14th
Exploring the Village
If the Ashmolean Museum and the shops and cafes of Broadway are not
enough to tempt you - join us for a walk to Snowshill Manor! The stately home is chock-a-block full of ephemera - a lifetime of collecting preserved in time. (7 miles round trip, total ascent 990 feet,)
Wednesday, May 15th
Train and Trek
The Glouchester Warwickshire Steam Railway runs from Broadway to Winchcombe, but it would be cheating to take it all the way, right? Instead, we can walk half the route and ride the historic train for the remainder. Stops at Stanway House and the ruins of Hailes Abbey, the weather, and our energy level will help us decide on our preferred route. (Mileage variable.)
Thursday, May 16th
Castles and an Extraordinary Show
Our day includes a morning visit to Sudely Castle, and a mid-day walk. Then it's a Cotswolds evening like no other... Gifford's Circus and dining at their amazing Circus Sauce restaurant. (Mileage variable.)
Friday, May 17th
Touring the Southern Cotswolds
We'll travel from Winchcombe to Bath by way of some lovely small towns. Tewksbury, Painswick and
Stroud offer a magnificent abbey, half-timbered Tudor buildings, the Shambles Market, and unspoilt beauty around every corner. (Mileage variable.)
Saturday, May 18th
The city of Bath is a small, beautiful and very walkable city. It was once the height of fashion to be seen there! We'll enjoy the opportunity to explore its many delights, including the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Jane Austen Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and its beautiful abbey. The evening will be spent taking the waters at The Thermae Spa.
Sunday, May 19th
Good bye, Bath and the Cotswolds. We're traveling back to the airport and heading home.
For trip details and
or to ask a question, please contact us.