The 102-mile (164 km) Cotswold Way National Trail traces the limestone escarpment at the western edge of the Cotswolds.

Vast views across the vales of Evesham and Berkeley and to the mountains of Wales are pleasantly interrupted with the crunching leaves of ancient beech woodlands, lush little valleys and signature Cotswold villages straight from Midsomer Murders.

Cotswold Way Signpost

The perfect challenge for those looking to step up their trail running without going for the full wilderness experience.

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Map of the Cotswold Way

Route facts

  • Length 102.5 miles (164 km)
  • Ascent 15256 ft (4650 m)
  • High point 1040 ft (317 m)
  • Ascent per km 28.5 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Chipping Campden/Bath
  • Grade
  • Moderate to Strenuous  
  • Season
  • 19th March to 29th October

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  • Approaching Winchcombe

    Approaching Winchcombe, taken by Karin Sjölander.

  • Through the Cotswold countryside

    Through the Cotswold countryside.

  • City of Bath

    View over City of Bath World Heritage Site.

Trail profile

Cotswold Way Profile

Itineraries

4 nights
3 days running

Grade: Strenuous

Chipping Campden

50 km (31 miles) and 1476 m (4843 ft) ascent

Seven Springs

51 km (32 miles) and 1656 m (5433 ft) ascent

Dursley

63 km (39.5 miles) and 1519 m (4984 ft) ascent

Bath

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Tour code: TCOW-1

Price £350 per person

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5 nights
4 days running

Grade: Challenging

Chipping Campden

38 km (24 miles) and 1066 m (3497 ft) ascent

Cleeve Hill

37 km (23 miles) and 1065 m (3494 ft) ascent

Painswick

39 km (24.5 miles) and 1368 m (4488 ft) ascent

Wotton-under-Edge

50 km (31 miles) and 1144 m (3753 ft) ascent

Bath

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Tour code: TCOW-2

Price £400 per person

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6 nights
5 days running

Grade: Moderate

Chipping Campden

29 km (18 miles) and 689 m (2260 ft) ascent

Winchcombe

35 km (22 miles) and 1160 m (3806 ft) ascent

Birdlip

37 km (23 miles) and 1285 m (4216 ft) ascent

Dursley

36 km (22.5 miles) and 974 m (3196 ft) ascent

Tormarton

27 km (17 miles) and 542 m (1778 ft) ascent

Bath

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Tour code: TCOW-3

Price £455 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £30 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £20 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £55 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Bath): £65 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Cleeve Hill): £60 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Detailed travel information is sent to you on booking, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major cities and international airports are London (both Gatwick and Heathrow airports) and Birmingham Airport.

Rail

The most convenient railway station for Chipping Campden is Moreton-in-Marsh. You can then take a bus or taxi from Moreton-in-Marsh to Chipping Campden. There is a railway station at the end of the trail (Bath) - it is located close to the centre of the city and within walking distance of most accommodations.

From London – There are regular trains from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh (the most convenient railway station for Chipping Campden).Trains run regularly between Moreton-in-Marsh and Heathrow or Gatwick airports or Birmingham. From the end of the trail (Bath), there are regular trains to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Chipping Campden) is to take a train from Bath Spa to Moreton-in-Marsh, changing at Didcot. From Moreton-in-Marsh, you can complete the journey by taking the bus to Chipping Campden. You can also get to Oxford or Reading from here
The Cotswold Way visits many wonderful towns and villages along the trail; if you would like to spend more time in one of these destinations and take a short break from trail running, then we would be happy to organise an extra night’s stay for you at any of the stops.

Seven Springs is a lovely hamlet that offers a haven for tired runners looking for a rest day. Thought to be one of the sources of the River Thames, Seven Springs boasts some wonderful scenery and opportunities for short, relaxed walks or recovery runs around the local area. For those looking for something more lively, the bustling town of Cheltenham is just a few miles down the road and offers an impressive range of shops and restaurants, as well as a number of swimming pools, gyms and health spa facilities to help with recovery and get you ready for the next section of the trail.

The trail also passes through Birdlip, a village that sits at the top of the north-west escarpment of the Cotswolds and enjoys fantastic views over the Vale of Gloucester. For budding historians, the local area is littered with evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements and burial sites just waiting to be explored, while the village itself is dotted with pubs and cafes in which to unwind and enjoy delicious food and drinks.

The old wool town of Painswick with its ancient stone buildings is another good choice, containing rare 17th century spectacle stocks, original ‘donkey doors’, the historical Church of St Mary and many more fascinating sights along its quaint and narrow streets. As well as all the usual amenities and several pleasant walking routes, Painswick also has a golf course, riding stables and a number of other sports pursuits that can be enjoyed on your rest day from running.

The historic city of Bath, with its glorious Georgian architecture, is one of the most popular choices for an extra night or two, and is a perfect place to celebrate the completion of your holiday. Just some of its iconic buildings include the Roman Baths, the Pump Room, the Assembly Rooms that now house a Museum of Costume, the Abbey, The Circus and Lansdown Crescent, all of which are definitely worth a visit. If however you are in need of a bit of TLC following your run, Bath is renowned for its historical spa culture and offers a range of swimming pools and spa retreats, where you can enjoy a much-needed massage, relax in a sauna or bathe in the UK’s only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters of Thermae Bath Spa.

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