Cotswold Way National Trail, Fosse Way, 14 miles
WALKS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:
|WALK FROM BURFORD, with its fantastic cathedral-like church and tales of ghosts and Levellers, through the little village of Fulbrook, with its ancient jousting field and notorious highwaymen (long-dead!), to the plague village of Widford, where only the manor house and church remain. Then follow the river Windrush through Swinbrook, childhood home of the Mitford sisters and on to join the Roman Road of Akeman Street, before looping through pretty Shilton to arrive back at Burford in time for tea and scones. Total Distance - 9 miles ‚Shorter version 6miles.|
|WALK FROM BOURTON-IN-THE-WATER, where the river flows through the village to the famous little villages of Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter. Follow the River Eye (great for paddling) upstream and then over the wold into the former quarrying village of Naunton, with its rare historic dovecote. Then follow the River Windrush downstream, through surprisingly empty countryside, and past a farm that breeds the ancient Cotswold Lion (breed of sheep!) and back into Bourton, with its model village, Birdland and other family-friendly attractions. Total Distance - 10miles|
|WALK OUT OF CHARMING TOWN OF WINCHCOMBE, pausing to see the town stocks, up onto the wolds above to the ancient Long Barrow of Belas Knap, with its 5000 year old tombs and great views. Then continue on to the little hamlet of Charlton Abbots, with its tiny church, before heading downstream through woods and meadows towards Sudeley Castle, which was once owned by Henry VIII, and which was destroyed in the Civil War. From there it‚ is just a short walk back to Winchcombe.|
WALKS FOR CORPORATE GROUPS:
|WALK THROUGH THE GARDENS OF THE OLD MILL with their heavily scented flowers and lush meadows, before following the babbling river Windrush to the peaceful village of Swinbrook, where most of the Mitford sisters lie at rest in the graveyard. Continue across beautiful rolling meadows to the isolated church of Widford, for a picnic on the grass under the bell-tower, before completing the walk at Burford and a pint of Hooky at the Lamb.
Total Distance - 8 miles.
|ALIGHT FROM THE TRAIN AT CHARLBURY IN WALKING GEAR (with a vehicle waiting to take the luggage on to the hotel separately) and walk from the train all the way to Minster Lovell, via Cornbury Park, attractive villages en route and a pub or picnic lunch. This would work best if it were a surprise to most of the delegates and makes a great way for them to instantly forget the office and clear their heads in preparation for a productive meeting the following day.
Total Distance - 8 miles.
|MORNING, WALK AND CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING. A beautiful walk from Bourton-on-the-Water to Naunton via the Slaughters, with lunch at the excellent Black Horse Inn. Then walk on to the Westfield Shooting Ground for an afternoon's Clay Pigeon shooting (see www.clayshootingcompany.com). Total Distance - 8 miles.|
|MORNING, WALK AND TROUT FISHING. A glorious walk down the river Leach, perhaps the Cotswolds prettiest and least well-known rivers through the delightful villages of Eastleach and Southrop, before ending up in Lechlade at the famous Trout Fisheries for an afternoon / evening's fishing. (see www.lechladetrout.co.uk). Total Distance - 5miles.|
|WALKS WITH TREATS. Finish any length walk you like at Minster Lovell with a cream tea and a foot massage in the hotel spa. Start in Stow-on-the-Wold, at the excellent farmer's market (2nd Thursday of each month) and explore the little alleys and antique shops. Then head out through pretty Maugersbury and up onto Icomb Hill, before following the Cotswold way to the charming village of Bledington, where lunch is served at the excellent King's Head Pub. Then continue on across Bledington Heath to arrive at Daylesford Organic for some very tasteful shopping and a fine, organic cream tea.
Total Distance - 9 miles.
|START AT CHEDWORTH ROMAN VILLA, one of the finest of its kind in the country, then set of on foot through some of the finest countryside in the Cotswolds, through the village of Chedworth to have lunch at the excellent Fossebridge Inn. After lunch, work off the red wine with a stroll down the valley of the River Coln to Bibury, the prettiest village in England, according to William Morris, and take tea in the drawing room of the stately Bibury Court Hotel. Total Distance - 8 miles.|