Start: Oxford Finish: Bath
Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate
Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour code: W09OX
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Visit some of Oxfords treasures from the Ashmolean to Bodleian Library before
setting off along the Shakespeare Way to your first stop at Woodstock, home
to Blenheim Palace. Follow the River Windrush into the heart of the Cotswolds
to explore 'wool' towns before arriving in Cirencester (Corinium), the second
largest town in Britain during Roman times. Enjoy a visit to the Bathurst
Estate, created in the 1700s as a deer park by the first Earl Bathurst before
following the disused Thames and Severn Canal through a landscape of gently
rolling hills to arrive in Tetbury, and a chance to visit Highgrove Royal
Gardens. Continue through the bucolic landscape to Castle Combe to admire the
picturesque high street lined with former weavers' cottages that was used as
the film set location for War Horse. The final stretch of your walk continues
through countryside and along the canal to your final destination, Bath.
Arrive in Oxford. Spend time visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums.Staying overnight at Oxford Coach & Horses or similar.
Today's walk follows the River Thames before joining the Oxford Canal and the Shakespeare Way to Woodstock. You'll have sweeping views back to Oxford across the flood plain meadows. You'll pass a derelict nunnery and the church at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill is laid to rest, before ending up in the picturesque town of Woodstock where you can visit Blenheim Palace.Stay overnight at The Blenheim Buttery or similar.
A chance for another visit to Blenheim Palace before setting off through Capability Brown's wonderful landscaped grounds towards the village of Combe, set on a hill above the Evenlode Valley. Continue on through the lush green Oxfordshire countryside to the busy town of Witney, the largest market town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, once famous for its blankets.Stay overnight at Corncroft B&B or similar.
Today follow the River Windrush into the heart of the Cotswolds. The route passes Minster Lovell and your walk ends in the bustling medieval town of Burford, where the High Street sweeps downhill towards the River Windrush, its three arched medieval bridge and its impressive 'wool' church.Stay overnight at The Angel Inn or similar.
Your route today passes through the quiet hamlet of Holwell, through part of the River Leach valley and follows the Roman road into Gloucestershire to Hatherop. Follow a trail along the River Coln to Bibury, described by designer William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in England'.Stay overnight at Cotteswold House B&B or similar.
Head through the village of Barnsley, past Barnsley House where the garden was designed by its former resident, Rosemary Verey. Cross pasture and arable land to Ampney Crucis before heading to the Roman town of Cirencester. Visit the Abbey or stroll in the grounds of the nearby Bathurst Estate.Stay overnight at The Old Brewhouse or similar.
From Cirencester head through the grounds of the Royal Agriculture College to follow the disused Thames and Severn Canal. After walking through a landscape of gently rolling hills you'll reach the small town of Tetbury, with its independent specialist shops and the Prince of Wales's original 'Highgrove Shop'. Possibility of visiting Highgrove Royal Gardens - pre-booking is essential.Stay overnight at The Royal Oak or similar.
Skirt the edge of the Highgrove Estate and follow the Monarch's Way through a typical Cotswold landscape and through the National Arboretum at Westonbirt. Walk through charming Cotswold villages and into Wiltshire to drop down into Castle Combe, with its pretty high street used as the film set location for War Horse and Stardust.Stay overnight at Castle Inn or similar.
Walk through wooded valleys to the old market town of Marshfield. From Batheaston follow the canal to Bath for a triumphant entrance to the city, finishing up at the steps of Bath Abbey.Stay overnight at Hill House or similar.
Depart after breakfast.
9 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.
Enjoy the local cuisine in quintessentially British pubs, cafes and
delicatessens - local delicacies include Cerney Ash or Stinking Bishop
cheeses, Crackleberry Farm eggs, Cotswold Cream liqueur and the local ales -
try the Yubby beer from the Yubberton Brewery Co. There's also the archetypal
English Cream Teas that go down a treat with a nice hot cup of tea!
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