Rambling (Walking) in South Wales
and the Cotswolds

plus London

Tour Highlights

Rambling - a form of walking that generally takes place in the countryside.
The United Kingdom is an ideal destination for rambling and hiking holidays. On this exciting tour we will walk through impressive countryside and picturesque villages led by experienced, expert hiking guides. Each day there will be a choice of 3 different levels of walks, each designed for the avid walker. The gentle walks will range from 8 - 12 kms with ascents of up to 280m.  More challenging walks will also be offered daily for those interested.

The first 7 nights will be in the Cotswolds town of Bourton-on-the-Water (voted one of England’s prettiest towns), where gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops combine to make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking. Here we will stay at the Harrington House, which retains many of its stunning original Georgian features - the most breathtaking is the sunny walled garden with a landscape of green rolling hills and timeless golden stone villages in the background. 

We will spend the following 3 nights in Brecon (Wales) - a quaint market town at the foot of the Brecon Beacons - an area of sweeping high moorland and beautiful green valleys. Our hotel, the historic Nythfa House, is a charming country house on the edge of Brecon within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park and many fine walking areas. The location is perfect for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Our final 2 nights will be at a centrally located hotel in ‘everyone’s favourite city’, London. Our guided touring in London will also be on foot.

Tour Highlights:

  • Walking the stunning Cotswolds countryside with green rolling hills criss-crossed by countless footpaths
  • Bath - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stratford-upon-Avon ... Shakespeare’s birthplace
  • Brecon Beacons National Park 
  • London - including The Royal Albert Hall

*** Those participating on this walking tour must be able to complete up to 12 km of walking.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for London
We arrive in London and transfer to our Country House hotel in the centre of Bourton-on-the Water. On our guided walking over the next few days we’ll discover glorious golden stone villages with thatched cottages, mansions, pastoral countryside and quiet country lanes. This evening is our Welcome Briefing and Dinner.
5km with 120m of ascent). This circular walk begins along the Monarch’s Way reaching the village of Clapton-on-the-Hill. We return along the Windrush Valley back to Bourton. At the end of the walk there's plenty of time to enjoy Bourton-on-the-Water. Visit the speciality shops, relax in one of the pubs or tea-rooms, or just sit by the river and watch the world go by.
We walk through rolling Cotswold countryside from Ford to the village of Snowshill, then on through the fields to Broadway. Our walk ends in the ever-popular showpiece village of Broadway, with its beautiful cottages of mellow Cotswold stone.
We spend the day in Shakespeare country! Our guided tour will include visits to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall. Included today is a delicious Cream Tea. There will be free time to explore on our own.
We first visit the Roman Villa, then we'll start our walk at Fosse Bridge and follow the valley of the River Coln to Bibury. William Morris described Bibury as “the most beautiful village in England”. The much photographed Arlington Row cottages are a real delight.
 We walk from Winstone to take in the three villages all starting with ‘Dunts’ in their name. We'll continue through the fields to Cirencester - the 'capital' of the Cotswolds. If opting for the easy walk you will have time to explore Cirencester at the end of the walk. There's much of historical interest in what was Roman Britain’s second largest city.
5km with 160m of ascent). We follow the Diamond and the Macmillan Way to Cold Aston, then the Gloucestershire Way back to Bourton-on-the-Water. Don’t miss St. George's church in Hampnett with it's beautiful Victorian stenciling.
We depart the Cotswolds and make our way to Brecon, arriving at our Country house hotel, Nythfa House, for a 3-night stay. The hotel is surrounded by hidden coves, breathtaking scenery and some of the best walks in Wales.
Today we explore the green valley of the River Usk, starting near Cwndu - a small vibrant village in the heart of Carmarthenshire. From here we walk to Tretower, with its renowned medieval court and castle. Then we follow a path across farmland leading to the wooded Cwmbeth Brook Valley, finishing in Crickhowell - a picturesque town nestled in the beautiful Usk Valley at the foot of the Black Mountains.
The waterfalls of the Hepste and Mellte Valleys are truly spectacular. Our walks here will take in a series of these mighty cascades, including Sgwd yr Eira where you can walk behind the torrent. Starting near Ystradfellte we follow parts of the Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin rivers with their picturesque waterfalls, finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village.
Enroute to London we stop in Bath for some free time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage City, famous for its beautiful architecture, Roman Baths and fascinating history which has attracted visitors for centuries. Later we arrive at our central London hotel.
Located only minutes from our hotel, we walk to Kensington Palace, an elegant retreat for Britain's Royal family for over three centuries and current home to The Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The afternoon is at leisure to explore “Everybody’s Favourite City”. Our Farewell Dinner will be at a relaxed local Victorian pub.
Air Canada takes us home.

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