Lucas and I love walking, so when one of our friends suggested we all take a walking holiday, we made sure it happened. We’d never been to the Cotswolds, but heard it was good for walking and food and were sold. There are a few companies that organize walking holidays where you walk from town to town, staying in a new B&B each night, and your bags are transported for you. Perfect! We used Cotswold Walks, which I would recommend as their directions were comprehensive and we weren’t disappointed by the accommodations.
We drove from Cumbria to Moreton in Marsh after work on Wednesday, and after stopping for dinner we finally arrived at the White Hart Hotel just before 11 pm. After a quick pint at the residents bar, we were off to bed.
We woke up to drop off our bags at reception and fill up with a full English breakfast before heading out on our first day of walking. 12 relatively flat miles. The Cotswolds are scenic, and the public footpaths well marked, which made the walking enjoyable. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of sheep but the yellow flowery fields and adorable towns made of Cotswold stone made up for it. We lunched on pub sandwiches in Stow on the Wold and wandered through villages and estates before reaching Bourton on the Water. We explored the town a bit, wandering up and down the canal and visiting the 1/9 scale miniature village replica.
After a few (too many) pints, we grabbed pizzas at L’Antara, followed by some more beers at the Mousetrap Inn and Freehouse (they had a good selection). Then it was off to bed to rest up for day 2!