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Walking in South Wales and the Cotswolds plus London

On this exciting tour we will walk through impressive countryside and picturesque villages led by experienced, expert hiking guides.

Available Booking Dates

Tour Inclusions

  • Flights with Air Canada
  • First Class country house hotels, and a First Class hotel in London
  • Full English breakfast and dinner daily (except for one dinner while in London), and 8 picnic lunches
  • Guided walking tour program

Costs

  • Per person, double occupancy, from Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal   - $5,997.00
  • Single Supplement  - $990.00
  • Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary or Vancouver - add $190.00
  • Edmonton - add $590.00

All Senior Discovery Tours Include

  • Home pick-up and drop-off (from most Canadian cities)
  • Most Meals
  • All airfare and airport taxes
    *Airline baggage fees are not included
  • Carefully selected accommodations
  • All gratuities (for hotels, drivers, guides & cruise staff)
  • Insurance for cancellation and health while outside Canada
  • Services of one of our cheerful experienced Tour Managers
  • All prices guaranteed in Canadian funds (All taxes included)

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 5 - 6 kms with ascents of up to 150m. 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 - a location is perfect for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Our final 2 nights will be at a centrally located hotel in ‘everyone’s favorite city’, London.

* Those participating on this walking tour must be able to complete a minimum of 6 km of walking.

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, including Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Distillery
  • Brecon Beacons National Park
  • London

Day 1:  Depart

We depart for London

Day 2:  Bourton-on-the Water

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.

Day 3:  The Slaughters and the Windrush Valley (Walk 7km with 40m ascent)

Starting at Fish Hill we follow the Cotswold Way with time to visit Broadway Tower. Then we descend to spend time exploring Broadway. Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for the Earl of Coventry and was completed in 1798.

Day 4:  Fish Hill to Broadway (Walk 5km with 40m ascent)

Starting at Fish Hill we follow the Cotswold Way with time to visit Broadway Tower. Then we descend to spend time exploring Broadway. Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for the Earl of Coventry and was completed in 1798.

Day 5:  Stratford-upon-Avon

We spend the day in Shakespeare country! We start at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall, where Shakespeare spent his schooldays, discovered theatre and was educated and inspired to become the world's greatest playwright! There will be free time before we head out to Shakespeare Distillery, where we’ll learn about the history of gin, how it is made and the many different ingredients used. There will of course be a tutored tasting to finish off our day.

Day 6:  Chedworth Roman Villa (Walk 6.5km with 140m ascent)

We start this walk by exploring the beautiful 12th century church of Hampnett, with its astonishingly ornate patterns of mock-medieval stencilling. We then follow the Macmillan Way to the small rural parish of Yanworth. Finally we arrive at the Roman Villa at Chedworth.

Day 7:  Hailes Abbey to Sudeley Castle (Walk 4.5km with 60m ascent)

We explore Hailes Abbey before walking to Winchcombe. We enjoy the views of the heritage steam railway before arriving at Sudeley Castle. Steeped in history, the castle was home (and now the burial place) of Queen Catherine Parr - one of Henry VIII’s many wives.

Day 8:  Lower Slaughter (Walk 5km with 50m ascent)

A picturesque circular walk to Lower Slaughter. With its’ fine old houses and cottages sitting alongside the River Eye, this is one of the most photographed villages in England. There will be time to visit the church and look at the mill before we return to Harrington House.

Day 9:  Brecon, Wales

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.

Day 10:  Black Mountains and Crickhowell

(Walk 6km with 60m ascent). We take a circular walk around the lovely town of Crickhowell. After crossing the picturesque Usk bridge, we follow the canal passing the village of Llangattock, then return to explore Crickhowell with its shops, cafes and art galleries featuring local artists.

Day 11:  Western Beacons (Walk 6.5km with 150m ascent)

We start our walk in the village of Panycae in the upper Swansea Valley and pass Craig-y-Nos - a 19th century castle once owned by opera diva Dame Adelina Patti - the Madonna of her time. We walk around the park with its lake and tea room before continuing up the valley to Dan-yr-Ogof where we will have the opportunity to visit some of the most spectacular show caves in Europe.

Day 12:  Bath / London

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.

Day 13:  London

A free day in London to visit or revisit some of the countless attractions. At our Farewell Dinner we will raise a glass to say ‘Cheers’ for this memorable walking tour.

Day 14:  Home

Air Canada takes us home.