Made in collaboration with Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, National Trails, Julia Bradbury and The Outdoor Guide
What Are The National Trails?
The National Trails are long distance walks through some of the very best landscapes the UK has to offer. Along the way, you can expect your emotions to be lifted through exposure to varied wildlife and for your curiosity to be engaged through insights into the past. With 16 to choose from, there is something to suit everyone, regardless of age or ability.
The Cotswold Way is an idyllic route through some of the most beautiful towns and villages in the U.K. With rolling pastures, important ancient sites and beautiful stately homes, this area has so much to see – which is why the team and National Trails has created some dream itineraries to help narrow it down!
For a rustic Cotswold experience, you can base yourself in one of three quintessentially English villages, Chipping Campden, Broadway or Winchcombe. Alternatively, you could lay your head in a different town each night, there is no right or wrong way to enjoy the Cotswolds.
There are a plethora of pretty walks starting from each of the villages, as well as traditional pubs, cafes serving cream teas and cakes and history to spare. The region was wealthy during the medieval ages and that’s reflected in the architecture. You could spend your days exploring the villages or the countryside beyond – the Cotswold Way is what you make it.
The Roman Spa city of Bath is a great base to explore the Cotswold Way from. Perfect for those looking for history, countryside and excellent food. The city is a beautiful mixture of Roman, Medieval and Georgian heritage – there’s far more to it than just thermal springs.
The Severn Hills surrounding Bath are ripe for exploration, and there are a number of gorgeous stately homes just a few hours walk (or a short drive) from your base. If you’d prefer something more modern, the bustling city of Bristol is a short train journey or a 21km bike ride away where you can find independent shops, trendy bars and oodles of culture.