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Taste of The Cotswolds Staying in One Place Walking Trail


“As first timers to the area we could not have been happier with your planning and communication. We have booked with other companies in different parts of the world but we would have to say your company has been outstanding in all areas.� Adele


Welcome & Trail Story by Alison Howell We are thrilled to introduce to you our Taste of the Cotswolds walking trip. Over four days, take an enjoyable adventure into this stunning area of the Cotswolds, near the market town of Cirencester, the second largest town in Britain during Roman times. With our founders having strong family connections in the county, (Alison’s farming cousins and David’s –

parents), we know the Cotswolds inside out.

We’ve created spectacular and really varied trails here using this local knowledge. You will therefore be right in the heart of the ancient wool trade. Pretty with sand coloured stone cottages, churches and walls. Whilst some areas of the Cotswolds find themselves full with coaches and crowds of people, these Foot Trails take you off the beaten track. The walking is peaceful and the villages are quiet and authentic. We love the Cotswolds and we can’t wait to help you walk here and enjoy it too.

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About your Foot Trail Taste of the Cotswolds is a brand new, Staying in One Place style walking experience. Enjoyed during 3 or 4 nights. With the extent of our local knowledge, every day is enjoyably different and a unique adventure in itself. Each trail has a lunch stop on route at a country pub or local eateries, so all you need is a light day sac. This style of walking enables you to explore this area of the Cotswolds deeply and then unwind and relax back at your personally chosen country inn. Take in the 2nd century Roman villa and be amazed by some of England’s best examples of mosaic floors. Explore the parish church in the market town of Cirencester, and its array of independent shops and walk through peaceful river valleys and wonderful Cotswolds stone villages.

Our pick of the highlights

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Where?

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Sample daily itinerary

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Where you stay

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Taste of the Cotswolds may leave you wanting more!

Prices & booking

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Contents

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Highlights include * Enjoy the tapestry of the Cotswolds landscapes; tranquil, breathtaking and centuries old. * Take a stroll around Cirencester, a lovely example of a rural English town.

* Walk with the Romans and explore one of England's best loved villas. This 2,000 year old legacy is a wonderful example of the ingenuity, creativity and presence bestowed to us by the Romans during the peak of the Empire. * Sample West Country hospitality at its best, with locally sourced food served with a smile. * Take a peek at English history as you walk past gorgeous mill houses and grand estates.

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Where? The Cotswolds are an area of outstanding natural beauty in the West Country of South West of England. How to get here?

“Taste of the Cotswolds� is an extensive walking adventure of up to 4 nights. With many possible options your start point will be determined by your own custom made itinerary. Once we have tailored your trip we will advise you fully on travel and the nearest train station, airports or road directions. The nearest train station is Cheltenham Spa. Travel is approximately 90 minutes by train from London Paddington or a 2 hour drive from London by car. The suggested international airport is at London Heathrow which offers an easy transfer to London Paddington. You could also arrive to Bristol, Exeter or other London airports depending on your start point. 8


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Sample daily itinerary... This particular experience is best enjoyed as a four night stay. Day 1 - Arrive to the Cotswolds Your nearest train station will be Cheltenham Spa or we will arrange your transfer by chauffeured car. Settle into your personally chosen country inn. A 17th century ivy clad stone building with delicious local food and heavenly gardens. Take our short complimentary trail to explore the area. Day 2 - The Roman Side An historic walk that will connect you with the Romans and enable you to tread in their footsteps. Explore one of the county's best loved Roman villas built over 2000 years ago as a place of Roman wealth, luxury and comfort. Take time if you wish to explore the centuries old floor mosaics, which are some of the most spectacular in Great Britain as well as the various bath houses. Your trail also includes little Cotswolds stone villages, tumbling streams, cottage gardens, this is what the Cotswolds is all about. 10


Day 3 – Corinium – enjoying Cirencester Fascinating trail leading you into the market town of Cirencester, known as Corinium in Roman times. Walk through the parkland at the abbey grounds, with its lake. Explore the parish church, which has been a place of worship for well over 1000 years. And explore the many courtyards, alleyways and and old streets to enjoy a coffee, cake or buy souvenirs and gifts. Day 4 - Going Upstream A wonderful, watery trail. Following the River Windrush upstream, passing through its namesake. There are gorgeous old mill houses and grand estates. Hear the tale of the master stonemason who laid the foundation for St Paul's Cathedral in London, pause at the local village shop to refresh. There are grand estates to discover this afternoon along with 'The Cathedral of the Cotswolds'. Walk / Hike lengths? Our approach to our walks is very much about enjoyment. When we put together the trails we plan them with a day out in mind, so 2 - 3 hours to walk in the morning, a nice place to pause for lunch such as a pub or cafe and then a couple of hours walk in the afternoon. We have a choice of trail lengths which your Trail Consultant can help plan. Typically 7 t0 9 miles (12 to 15 km) per day or 10 to 12 miles (16 or 19 km) per day (or mixed!).

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Where you stay One of the reasons guests choose Foot Trails is for our choice and quality of accommodation. Largely independently and privately owned, we enjoy a close and strong working partnership with all of our country inns. Small, personal and friendly with excellent hospitality, each country inn sits in an English village with comfortable bedrooms and delicious local food and produce including real ales and a selection of wines to enjoy with dinner after your walk. Every inn and bedroom is uniquely designed and all our bedrooms have en-suite private bathrooms with modern facilities. During your “Taste of the Cotswolds� tour you will be treated to a 17th century, honey coloured stone, ivy clad country coaching inn. Here you'll find individually styled bedrooms, delicious food and heavenly gardens.

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What's included and prices This trail is available any nights (subject to availability) for 3 or 4 night stays, from March to November.

Prices: Each trip is custom-made and individually priced. As a budgeting guide, prices start from £495 per person, for 3 nights and from £680 per person for 4 nights (prices based on two sharing).

Included in your tour: • Independent (self guided) walking days custom-made to match you and the season • Tailored Walk and Explore Box • Local Ordnance Survey™ maps (waterproof) • Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow instructions) • Plastic map holder • Local stories and histories • Recommended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes • Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees and animals • Seasonal nature guide book • Sweets (for a boost en route) • Your en-suite accommodation in a classic en-suite bedroom (superior upgrades available) • Breakfasts • One bottle of wine • Transport drop off services as required by your itinerary • Services of your own dedicated expert Trail Consultant to create and organise your trip • Dedicated help and support before arrival and during your trip.

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Words from our guests “We've used Foot Trails 4 times now and would book with them again. Foot Trails is a company where you can just pick your destination and that's all you have to do. They have a standard and they stick to it.” Fleur, UK “Thank you so much for organising a carefully planned program. We have booked with other companies in different parts of the world but we would have to say your company has been outstanding in all areas.” Adele, Australia “The more we talk about your company to our friends, the more we realize what a unique and special service you provide. We are already talking about our next holiday with you.” Bob and Linda

You can read more reviews from our guests on our tripadvisor page – www.tripadvisor.com/foottrailsUK

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Why a Foot Trail? A Foot Trail avoids the formulaic nature, crowds and predictability of mass tourism and focuses instead purely on the quality of your experience. Take a Foot Trail and you will explore deep beneath the surface. You will walk and hike in authentic places. Enjoy real, not manufactured moments. Shared conversations with a local person, the stillness of time spent in beautiful landscapes and the joy of encountering stories and moments from England's past. Three words describe a Foot Trail perfectly.

Simple - Crafted – Authentic The press say:

"One of the 7 Adventure Vacations you need to take in your lifetime." JetSetter.com, 2018 Foot Trails are one of England's best loved regional walking travel companies. We work within our local community, crafting walking experiences from scratch, aiming for a positive outcome for us all.

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To book Call +44 (0) 1747 820 626 with your chosen date, we will then confirm your place for you upon which a 35% deposit will be payable. Full balances due 8 weeks before arrival. PayPal & all major credit & debit cards accepted.  +44 (0) 1747 820 626 (landline)  Enquire@FootTrails.co.uk

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Taste of The Cotswolds  

A wonderful bite size flavour of the Cotswolds! Over four days, take an enjoyable adventure into this stunning area of the Cotswolds, near...

Taste of The Cotswolds  

A wonderful bite size flavour of the Cotswolds! Over four days, take an enjoyable adventure into this stunning area of the Cotswolds, near...