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Richard and Robin Frasier

From: Limoux, France

Started: 25th Jun, 2024 — Finished: 7th Jul, 2024

Richard and Robin Frasier

A great walk! Tougher than we expected, with fewer pubs along the way. Beautiful, quiet, green countryside with massive trees and lots and lots of sheep. :)


Christie Crumpler and Ellie Crumpler

From: Lancaster, PA

Started: 29th Jun, 2024 — Finished: 5th Jul, 2024

A fun mother-daughter adventure!


Tom Fitzcharles

From: Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

Started: 27th Jun, 2024 — Finished: 30th Jun, 2024

Tom Fitzcharles

I walked the Cotswold Way as part of a charity challenge to raise funds and awareness for The Lily Foundation.

I did it solo, although family and friends did join me for parts of the walk. I live very near to the route, so it has always been an ambition of mine to walk the Cotswold Way.

Just the most stunningly beautiful English countryside, and the villages really are the stuff of picture postcards. I walked through Chipping Campden, then Broadway, very early on my first morning and barely saw another person. It was truly idyllic.

The route certainly is a decent test for the amateur hiker. The hills are not to be underestimated - and make sure you have good quality boots (which are well-worn in) otherwise if the ascents don’t puff you out, then the descents will test your feet!

I would definitely be keen do it again, but certainly at a more leisurely pace - it would be lovely to savour the pubs and historic attractions a little while longer than I allowed myself this time!

Thoroughly recommended.


Debra and Wayne

From: Oxford, MS

Started: 15th Jun, 2024 — Finished: 26th Jun, 2024

We had a wonderful walk. We had beautiful weather the entire way. The last two days were our hottest days with temps in the 80's. The pathway was mostly dry, only two sections still muddy. Good waterproof hiking boots and poles recommended. There is one section that is very overgrown with lots of brambles and nettles. I celebrated my 66th birthday ending our walk at Bath Abbey.


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From: Netherlands

Started: 8th Jun, 2024 — Finished: 18th Jun, 2024

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I enjoyed it from start to finish. The villages, the views, the people I met it was great!


Katie & Be

From: Bristol

Started: 9th Jun, 2024 — Finished: 13th Jun, 2024

We spent 5 days hiking this fantastic trail! Had an amazing time!


Miriam and Bruce Riedl

From: Tacoma, Washington, USA

Started: 24th May, 2024 — Finished: 3rd Jun, 2024

Miriam and Bruce Riedl

Overall - remarkable! We are in our late 60s and this is something I had wanted to do for several years. The walk was more challenging than we expected but each day was wonderful in its own way: the views, birds (SO loud!), forests (trees I'd never seen, such a beech), the lovely people we met, and the quiet we experienced together for hours every day. Just walking, step by step, through the woods, up and over the hills. Seeing homes and villages so unlike anything in the US.
Although it's not the most scenic, I'm sending this picture because there was only one day where we dealt with a trail like this!


Rick and Sang Kum Boyer

From: Virginia, USA

Started: 16th May, 2024 — Finished: 26th May, 2024

Great experience! Some advice we would give: It only rained once, but it was all day and very muddy. We recommend overshoes for that. Hiking poles were also useful. Making reservations for dinner was important as well. Some of the trails are narrow with lots of tall weeds (including stinging nettles). Long, lightweight hiking pants are recommended.


Rhonda and Steve Lugar

From: Vienna, Virginia. USA

Started: 21st Apr, 2024 — Finished: 1st May, 2024

Rhonda and Steve Lugar

Challenging glorious life altering hike. 300-400 gates, wonderful sheep, sweeping views and fascinating people. Had never done a walking holiday, but this is surely the start of many more to come!


Jean Mobilia

From: Cary, NC. USA

Started: 22nd Apr, 2024 — Finished: 30th Apr, 2024

Jean Mobilia

Walking The Cotswold Way was an amazing and challenging experience. I loved the beauty, the nature, the solitude and all the farm animals the I met along the journey.


Kendra Huntington

From: San Jose, California USA

Started: 20th Apr, 2024 — Finished: 28th Apr, 2024

Kendra Huntington

There are no words for how beautiful the trail is. Also the history of all these towns and villages is amazing. Highly recommend


Alison, Claire and Gen

From: Thorpe le Soken UK

Started: 13th May, 2023 — Finished: 27th Apr, 2024

Alison, Claire and Gen

Fantastic walk, amazing scenery and lovely people along the way


Jay and Jan Luxenberg

From: San Francisco California United States

Started: 24th Mar, 2024 — Finished: 2nd Apr, 2024

Jay and Jan Luxenberg

Very muddy as it rained parts of every day. We loved it anyway. The views are stunning. Sudeley Castle art tour was wonderful. Cotswold Walks helped arrange a series of great hotels along the way.


Trev Bryan

From: Braunton, Devon

Started: 15th Feb, 2024 — Finished: 18th Feb, 2024

Trev Bryan

Took on this as a mutli-day running challenge over 4 days sleeping in a camper van in pub car parks. Supported by the missus
Day1 was from Chipping to Dowdeswell. With a little extra rounding up to a 50K.
Day2 was Dowdeswell to Kings Stanley 46Km
Day3 was Kings Stanley to Hawkesbury Upton .. 32KM
Day4 Hawkesbury to Bath.
Running time about 22 hrs and 20 mins.
Even as an experienced ultra runner, 4 days back to back in the very soggy conditions of mid February was quite a challenge for this 63 year old, but the route is well way marked and really enjoyable. I would highly recommend this route to everyone. Might go back and do it in the dry!


Jane Hodgson

From: West Berkshire

Started: 7th May, 2022 — Finished: 11th Nov, 2023

Jane Hodgson

Thrilled to have walked The Cotswold Way in 2022, posted later as I was on holiday in the Alps and missed Stage 5 - Fidler’s Elbow to Haresfield Beacon. I am delighted to say that I led some of my fellow walkers last year on some Stages that they missed including Stage 5 that I needed to complete. Finally finished in November 2023!

This was my first ever Trail and I enjoyed every minute of it! Special thanks to The Cotswold Wardens for informative history, places of interest, good company and leadership. You all do an amazing job.