Experience a Cotswold escape: The Cotswold Way, Afternoon Tea & Log fires
An escape to the Cotswolds should always encompass three things; serene countryside walks, indulgent treats with provenance at the core, and an unfailing sense of comfort.
At Cotswold House, these are invaluable experiences that we love being able to offer our guests. We know that the responsibilities and stresses we face daily can take their toll - but, often, all that’s needed is a dose of fresh countryside air and a little self-care to restore equilibrium within. And being just 20 metres away from the start (or end) point of The Cotswold Way, all the best bits of the countryside are on our very doorstep.
Explore the Cotswold Way
Countryside and woodland walks are, no doubt, the best way to soak in the true beauty of the Cotswolds. Although Chipping Campden is easily navigated at its centre, the vastness of the surrounding area can often make it difficult to pinpoint the best walking routes.
That’s why we love The Cotswold Way; a walking route that runs from Chipping Campden to Bath. In full, the route is just over 100 miles long, and offers stunning views throughout. Depending on your ability, you can choose a route that suits your needs; whether that’s a short, easy-access Circular walk, or a longer route with varied terrain.
Whilst some people like to take on the challenge of completing the walk in its entirety, many others prefer embarking on a relaxing stroll around just one or two of its Circular and Linear walks. If you’re staying with us, you may like to try Cotswold Way Circular Walk 1, which starts and ends here at Chipping Campden. During the 4 ½ mile walk, you’ll experience the breathtaking views of Dover’s Hill, before soaking up the sights and sounds of the nearby woodland.
There’s a shorter route available, too, should you feel that you need it. For the full details of the route, you can see the map here.
If you fancy the challenge of taking on the whole walk, the National Trail website recommends that you prepare for a seven-to-ten day excursion - so we’d advise booking accommodation along the way. And you need not worry about carrying your luggage around with you; at Cotswold House, our couriers will be delighted to transport your belongings to your next location.
Many hotels around the local area, including Cotswold House, offer overnight bike storage, too - so you’ll rest in the knowledge that yours is kept safe during your stay.
Afternoon tea & a cosy log fire
When you’re in the Cotswolds, there’s little better than an indulgent afternoon tea and cosy log fire to replenish you after an outdoor stroll.
The winter months can get particularly cold in the heart of the Cotswolds - but it’s not something to be put off by. Frosty hills and landscapes are incredibly magical, and something that everyone should endeavour to experience.
What’s more, you can relish in the delight of returning to somewhere warm and cosy. Sitting next to a roaring log fire, paired with an afternoon tea, is the perfect way to restore energy after a long walk. A delightful array of savoury and sweet treats, combined with a steaming pot of tea, offers the relief and comfort you’ll be craving - and is, undoubtedly, pure bliss for the tastebuds.
Next time you’re out for a Cotswolds stroll, pop in and see us - we’ll be delighted to sit you down by the fire with a cup of tea in hand.
To find out more about our afternoon tea experience, please click here.
At Cotswold House Hotel, we love making the most of our surrounding area, and encouraging our guests to do so. We’d love to invite you in, whether that’s to recuperate from your countryside stroll, or for a romantic escape with your loved one. To find out more about us, please click here.
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