Cotswolds & Shakespeare

The Heart of Old England.

The romantic hills of the Cotswolds in the heart of England, in the historic counties of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, stretch up to an altitude of 300 metres. In the middle ages this region became rich through the trade of wool. Today the romantic landscape is famous for the traditional villages. Magnificent views from the hills, one of the most beautiful churches in England, stately homes, Neolithic stone tombs, monastic ruins, Gothic half-timbered houses in narrow lanes, magnificent cottage gardens – all this is best explored by foot. It's not just the eye that's spoilt – along the way you'll pass numerous traditional pubs serving excellent specialities and beers.

Details about the eight-day walking holiday Cotswolds & Shakespeare

Your eight-day hiking tour in Great Britain starts in the place William Shakespeare was Christened and died – Stratford-upon-Avon. Here you begin your first day of hiking in the footsteps of famous writers and explore the history-rich old town, as well as the surrounding region. On the following days stage, a visit to Moreton-in-Marsh in Chipping Campden, one of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds awaits. The next stages lead you first to Bourton-on-the-Water and over the Wolds to Winchcombe. The sixth day of your walking tour is just as picturesque. The stage takes you to former film sets in Stanway and Stanton and finally to the day’s stage destination, the "Jewel of the Cotswolds" in Broadway. On the last day of your tour, you will once again enjoy the picturesque landscapes, explore the Cotswold Way, Snowshill and end your active time-out in one of the typical pubs or restaurants.

Highlights of the walking tour Cotswolds & Shakespeare

  • In the footsteps of William Shakespeare: Right at the beginning of your walking tour, you will have the opportunity to experience the place of Christening and death, as well as the cottage, of the famous writer William Shakespeare up close in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • A slice of India in Sezincote: On the fourth day of your tour, the route takes you past the impressive Mughal Palace, also known as Sezincote House. This historic building was designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell, built in 1805 and serves as an example of architectural reinterpretation from the Indian Mughal Empire. Picturesquely nestled in the surrounding Cotswolds hills, the palace with temples, grottoes, waterfalls and towers is set in 3,500 acres of grounds with a wonderful garden.
  • Hiking & leisure in Broadway: At the end of your walking tour, you will reach the pretty village of Broadway – which is not only a perfect starting point for further walking tours, but also offers wonderful opportunities for an enjoyable break. Whether in one of the tea rooms, galleries, a pub or in the small antique shops – here you can relax and unwind.

Useful information about the walking holiday Cotswolds & Shakespeare

Our walking tour in Great Britain is assigned to our level of hiking 'Walking'. The route takes you on wonderful hiking paths through the picturesque countryside, tranquil nature and into typical villages. We recommend a good basic level of fitness for this tour, in order to be able to cope well with the gentler climbs in the hilly areas of the Cotswolds and the daily stages of between two and seven hours.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
Valerie Haring
Valerie Haring
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Follow the traces of William Shakespeare in the historic old town. A longer walking tour explores the surroundings of Stratford.

approx. 2 to 2.5 hours
5 km
0 m
0 m

Transfer to Hidcote, where you can visit the stunning gardens. Walk to Chipping Campden, one of the pretty towns of the Cotswolds (transfer also possible to Chipping Campden). The main street is seamed by the typical stone cottages with sumptuous gardens. Visit the „Wool-Church“, wealthy wool merchants of the Cotswolds used to donate churches. Continue your walk to Moreton-in-Marsh where you will stay overnight.

approx. 5 hours
13 km
290 m
280 m

Put on your walking boots and follow the paths across meadows and fields through Sezincote, with the unique Mughal house, past Stow-in-the-Wold, the highest village of the Cotswolds and through pretty Lower Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water.

approx. 6 to 6.5 hours
19 km
240 m
240 m

Today you follow the pretty stream Windrush to Naunten. Here you cross the Wolds to Winchcombe, once capital of the Saxons.

approx. 6.5 to 7 hours
21 km
430 m
470 m

Breath-taking walk through the country to Stanway and Stanton, the best maintained of the Cotswolds villages (many historic films are filmed here). Then you reach the historic coach-village Broadway, where you will stay overnight.

approx. 6 hours
18 km
410 m
400 m

Broadway, often referred to as the "Jewel of the Cotswolds", is an ideal starting point for unique walks. Along the "Broad Way" you will find delightful shops and fine restaurants as well as magnificent houses. Walk along the Cotswold Way and enjoy the magnificent views.

Continue to the well-preserved village of Stanton, which seems to have stood still in time. Your walk takes you to Snowshill, a cosy little village with many pubs, before walking back through the valley to Broadway.

approx. 4,5 - 5 hours
15 km
410 m
410 m

Tour character

The Cotswolds are gently rolling hills (up to 300 m elevation), so you have to consider the occasional gentle climb. You walk on footpaths across farmland, villages and sometimes even through gardens.

Prices and events

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Stratford-upon-Avon
  Season 1
01.03.2023 - 31.10.2023

Arrival daily
Cotswolds und Shakespeare, 8 days, UK-CWWSB-08X
Base price
Surcharge single traveler 49.00
Surcharge single room 529.00

Category: beautiful typical guesthouses and B&B's

You can book extra nights for any day of your tour. Prices upon request!

Season 1
Mar 1, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023
Arrival daily
Cotswolds und Shakespeare, 8 days, UK-CWWSB-08X
Base price
Surcharge single traveler
Surcharge single room

Category: beautiful typical guesthouses and B&B's

You can book extra nights for any day of your tour. Prices upon request!

Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos



  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Transfer Stratford – Hidcote
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service hotline


  • Transfer to Moreton, price per way approx. EUR 40, to Stratford-upon-Avon price per way approx. EUR 75. Payable on-site, reservation required.

Arrival / Departure:

  • Airport London and by train (direct train from London Euston) in about 2.5 hours to Stratford-upon-Avon (www.thetrainline.com).
  • Return from Moreton as well as from Stratford with very good train connection to London. During the week public transport is available (not on Sundays).

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Contact & booking
Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.
Valerie Haring
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Valerie Haring, Travel specialist
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4.8 of 5 Stars (5 Ratings)
5 stars
Lars Rathke NO | 06.09.2019
Wonderful holiday in Cotswolds
My wife and I had a wonderful holiday in the Cotswolds. I will say that it was above our expectations. Started with a day in Stratford-upon-Avon where there is a lot to see in the historic old town. The next day we were transported by car to Chipping Campden where we started our walk. The accommodations, both hotels and private, was very nice. Not very high standards, but clean and cosy and with good breakfasts and very nice hosts. The daily easy walk through woods and open landscape was beautiful, and the picturesque villages on the route was perfect for lunch (and a pint or two) at the local pubs. We had "rest" day in Winchcombe - a perfect place to spend an extra day and a visit to the beautiful Sudeley Castle. Our walk ended up in Broadway. Throughout our walk we were blessed with good "walking" weather. We had some rain showers on the way, but that was just a nice contrast. The communication with EuroHike prior to the trip was very good. The documentation and maps was also good, but some places along the track it is easy to get a bit lost. So I would recommend to download the electronic map (included) and use GPS to get you back on the right track. All in all, everything was perfect and I can highly recommend this trip and EuroHike. Both my wife and I agreed on that this was one of the best holidays we have had. We have already started to plan where we will walk next year, but I am quite sure we will take the same walk in Cotswolds again some time in the future.
Valerie Haring
Valerie Haring answered:
Dear Mr. Rathke, many thanks for your great feedback and all your personal impressions of the walking trip! We are happy to hear, that you have enjoyed your trip very much and hope you will get back to us with another booking very soon.
5 stars
Dorothee Wermter-Ahlmeyer DE | 03.10.2017
Wanderung in den Cotswolds
Wunderschöne, nie zu anstrengende Wanderung durch abwechslungsreiche Landschaft und entzückende Orte. Stets Möglichkeiten zur Einkehr und Übernachtung in guten B&B's und hervorragenden Hotels. Wir waren mit unserem Hund unterwegs und der wurde überall herzlich aufgenommen. Der Gepäcktransporthat jederzeit super funktioniert. Wir fänden es toll noch mehrere dieser Wanderungen in England mit Hund zu machen!
4 stars
Rainer Plock DE | 11.07.2017
So lernt man England kennen
Obwohl wir vor vielen Jahren schon einmal mehrere Tage in Broadway Urlaub gemacht hatten, waren es wieder sehr schöne Tage in einer schönen Umgebung mit wunderbaren Dörfern. Es gehörte zu den leichteren Wanderungen. Die Auswahl von B&B, Guesthouses und Hotels war gut. Das Routenbuch war gut und sehr ausführlich. Lediglich störte, dass die Kartenausschnitte nicht in der richtigen Reihenfolge waren, dadurch mußte öfters hin- und her geblättert werden. Gerne wieder im nächsten Jahr eine Wanderung mit Eurohike in GB.
Eurofun Touristik GmbH answered:
Sehr geehrter Herr Plock, vielen Dank für Ihr Cotswolds Reisefeedback! Schön, dass Sie die Wandertage rund um Broadway genießen konnten! Vielen Dank für Ihren Hinweis bzgl. der Kartenausschnitte, wir werden unsere Unterlagen hier weiter verbessern.
5 stars
Jörg Hoffmann DE | 17.06.2017
Traumhaft schöne Dörfer
Es war unsere dritte Wanderung mit Eurohike (diesmal allerdings organisiert von CW) und es war wieder wunderschön und perfekt geplant. Bei den Unterkünften handelten es sich, bis auf zwei Ausnahmen, um Bed & Breakfast, wo wir stets freundlich empfangen wurden. Besonders hervorzuheben ist hier das Haus Room at 24 und wir möchten unseren Gastgebern Linda und Martin an dieser Stelle nochmals herzlichst für Ihre Hilfe danken!Die Landschaft der Cotswolds ist sehr schön und die Wegeführung erlaubt es, auch durchschnittlich geübten Wanderern, die Tagesetappen gut zu meistern.
Valerie Haring
Valerie Haring answered:
Lieber Herr Hoffmann, vielen Dank für Ihr schönes Reisefeedback! Wir freuen uns, dass Ihnen die Cotswolds Gegend so gut gefallen hat und Sie mit der Organisation durch uns und unseren Partner vor Ort zufrieden waren. Unser Ziel ist es, natürlich auf allen Eurohike-Originalreisen, aber auch auf allen Partnertouren perfekten Service anzubieten. Wir arbeiten daher nur mit langjährigen, gut ausgesuchten Partnern zusammen!
5 stars
Thorsten Sellke DE | 05.07.2016
Operation an Old Englands offenem Herzen
Die Sonne strahlte über Stratford-upon-Avon mit unserer ersten Gastgeberin um die Wette. Und auch wenn es mit dem Wetter nicht konstant so bleiben sollte, die sprichwörtliche Höflichkeit und Freundlichkeit der Engländer blieb unverändert. Die Unterkünfte waren stets gut, der Gepäcktransfer lief reibungslos und die - zugegeben recht leichten - Tagestouren waren detailreich und gut recherchiert beschrieben. Wir hatten eine tolle und abwechslungsreiche Woche mit vielen interssanten Begenungen, sei es mit Mensch, oder Tier. Danke für die gute Organisation.

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