2. The Cotswold Way
For those who prefer the slow-paced thrill of travelling on foot; the Cotswold Way is a 102 mile (164 km) long distance footpath that runs along the Cotswold Edge escarpment, offering breathtaking views of the quintessential English countryside. The Cotswold Way begins in Bath and runs northeast through Broadway, before making its final descent into Chipping Campden.
First suggested over 50 years ago by local Ramblers, it wasn’t until May 2007 that the Cotswold Way became recognised as a National Trail. Since then, It’s become the best way to experience most of the Cotswolds, not to mention it costs nothing!
The towns that are accessed on the trail are: Bath, Old Sodbury, Wotton-under-Edge, Dursley, Stroud, Painswick, Cranham, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Stanway, Broadway and Chipping Campden. Whether you are a seasoned walker or not, it’s a fantastic way to see many of the beautiful Cotswold towns and villages. It can even be broken up into shorter routes so that everyone, regardless of walking ability, can enjoy the Cotswold Way.
For those who favour a faster heartbeat however, the Cotswold Way also hosts an annual 10-stage relay run in the summer, starting from Chipping Campden, which combines those peaceful picturesque panoramas with adrenaline and adventure.