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Hiking the Cotswold Way and Wales

Wales, England

11 Days

From $7,195

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    The idyllic villages of the Cotswolds and wild seascapes of Wales' Pembrokeshire Coast Path grace this spectacular journey. On the Cotswold Way, we'll hike between honey-colored 17th century wool villages tucked among ancient forests and emerald-green meadows. After exploring Jane Austen's beloved city of Bath, we hike right into Wales to reach romantic Tintern Abbey, then along the banks of the lush River Wye and cliff paths of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Overnights are in historic manor houses, a Georgian townhouse, and traditional inns, and our culinary delights range from local Cotswold lamb to Welsh mussels straight from the sea.

    Arrive: Stratford-on-Avon, England

    Depart: Cardiff, Wales

    Highlights

    • Hike the most scenic stretches of the Cotswold Way and Pembrokeshire Coast Path
    • Meet farmers, storytellers, and historians
    • Explore the World Heritage city of Bath, with its Roman spa and Georgian architecture
    • Enjoy overnights in historic manor houses and traditional inns

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      Meeting in the beautiful Cotswold village of Stratford on Avon, we hike the Cotswold Way through Chipping Campden, with its golden limestone buildings dating to the 16th century, and to the archaeological site of Belas Knap, a Neolithic chambered tomb. Our hotel is a historic coaching inn with a welcoming restaurant.
      We follow trails through magical English forests to a farm where rare Old Gloucester breeds of cows are raised, visit a prize-winning cheesemaker here, sample his Double Gloucester, then hike to the wool village of Wotton-under-Edge. Our hotel is in the hilltop village of Painswick, a center of the wool trade since the Middle Ages.
      We visit the colorful gardens at Highgrove, built in the late 18th century in Georgian neo-classical style, after which we'll head to the World Heritage city of Bath. With its monumental Georgian architecture and original Roman baths, it's easy to see why this city inspired Jane Austen.
      A hike across the Anglo-Welsh border brings us to the tranquil Wye Valley and then to magnificent Tintern Abbey, where a monk-historian leads us through the haunted halls. In Brecon Beacons, we'll hike through heather-cloaked hills then explore the book-lover's mecca of Hay-on-Wye.
      We'll stop in at the poet Dylan Thomas' home at Laugharne, then hike the dramatic Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, keeping watch for basking seals. Our final hike circles Carreg Cennen, one of Wales' most spectacular castles. Depart from Cardiff on Day 11.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Lygon Arms Hotel

      Broadway, England

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      At the historic Lygon Arms, you can visit the suite that Oliver Cromwell stayed in the night before the Battle of Worcester in 1651! This grand Tudor coaching inn on the main street of Broadway has been expanded and somewhat modernized over the years but still has the open, log-burning...

      The Painswick Hotel

      Painswick, England

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      The boutique Painswick Hotel has panoramic views over the lovely Painswick Valley from its perch above town. The house dates from the 18th century, became a hotel in the 1950s, and since 2015 has been part of the Calcot Collection of luxury hotels. The 16 guest rooms are individually designed...

      No. 15 Guesthouse

      Bath, England

      Day 5 (1 night)

      This 36-room boutique hotel is set in the heart of Bath, a historic city known for its fine Georgian buildings. Guest rooms are individually decorated (no two are alike) and offer an authentic Georgian ambiance. Along with other amenities, the rooms include a record player and selection of records! Do...

      The Bear Hotel

      Crickhowell, Wales

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this former coaching inn is brimming with charm and old world hospitality, yet has all the necessary modern comforts. With 30 rooms decorated in unique style, an award-winning restaurant—the ideal place to have your first taste of world-renowned Welsh lamb,...

      St. David's Cross Hotel

      Pembrokeshire, Wales

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      This 16-room hotel offers a warm, cozy atmosphere. Originally a large family home, it became a hotel in the late 19th century and was fully renovated in 2015. Guest rooms are comfortable, with a TV, coffee and tea-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi.

      Hilton Hotel Cardiff

      Cardiff, Wales

      Day 10 (1 night)

      The Cardiff Hilton is on the edge of the city center's Castle Quarter, just two blocks from Cardiff Castle. There is an indoor pool and sauna, and the hotel is close to shops and restaurants.

      Trip Leaders

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is ratedLevel 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 10 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 7 hours a day. You will need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady pace of the group as there are no alternative hiking options available. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 7 miles
      • 4-5 hours
      • 1,000 feet gain and 700 feet loss
      Challenge Day
      • Day 4: 11.3 miles, 4.5-5.5 hours, 1,860 feet gain/1,845 feet loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      The trails along the Cotswold Way are generally well-marked and wide, and they include earthy tracks, grassy paths through fields, wide tractor routes through woodlands, and some short sections on quiet roads. With the exception of the hike in Brecon Beacon National Park where there is a continuous 2,000 foot climb (trip members can elect to be driven halfway up), most days have gentle elevation change throughout the hike. There are sections on some of our hikes that are rocky and rugged, but we will not get too close to the cliff edge. With rainfall, some areas can be muddy.
      Even in the summer, the weather in England and Wales can change quickly due to their maritime climate. However, summers are generally mild and fresh with average daytime temperatures around 70°F. Wales tends to be wetter than England, with slightly less sunshine. Showers are usually short lived, but as the weather is unpredictable, it is necessary to bring raingear on every hike.
      Our accommodations are in small, quaint hotels that have been selected for their local history and charm. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. There are no elevators and many buildings have low beams. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Lunches will either be at local cafes and pubs or picnic-style during one of our hikes. Dinners will be at a local restaurant or at the hotel. We will have a chance to experience a range of local cuisines, and one of our hotels includes a restaurant with locally-sourced products. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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A short drive brings us to the start of our hike in Glasbury, its name derives from &#8220;clas,&#8221; meaning church land, and is the burial site of St Cynidr, a 6th century bishop. Nowadays the village is a popular spot to fish and kayak. Keeping the river on our right, we walk east and pass under a row of aspen trees festooned with mistletoe. These hemiparasites were used in pagan times as fertility symbols and in the later Christian era the plant became associated with Christmas; surely you've heard of being kissed under the mistletoe! The route climbs up and away from the river before heading down into Llowes, a tiny village with an important stone cross. St Meilig's Cross dates to the 6th or 7th century; Meilig is credited with founding a monastery in the area. Local legend recounts that the strong and powerful wife of William de Braose, lord of Hay-on Wye castle, while carrying stones in her apron to rebuild the castle, let one slip and it fell heavily on her shoe. The Lady Maud was so angry that she threw the stone over the River Wye where it landed in Llowes churchyard. The cross loving referred to as &#8220;Moll Walbee's Stone&#8221; is now safely housed in the church. We regain the riverbank, where we may see kingfishers and herons scanning the fresh water for fish as we go by. A 19th century stone arched bridge, originally a toll bridge, spans the river and is the entrance to a book-lover's mecca, Hay-on-Wye. Expect to see books in every direction&mdash;tiny Hay-on-Wye is home to more than 30 second-hand bookshops, with bookshelves lining the meandering lanes and treasured titles spilling forth. After some time to browse, we'll be treated to a guided tour through the history of the newly restored Hay Castle, opened in May 2022. The 12th century keep is Norman and played an important part in the buffer zone between Norman England and the princedoms of Wales. It's neighboring Jacobean mansion built in 1640, in more peaceful times, was a family home of great elegance and wealth. After several owners, in 1960 the castle was bought by Richard Booth, the visionary and eccentric who came up with the idea of making Hay-on-Wye the first Book Town in the world. He lived in the castle and used it to store the truckloads of second-hand books he bought. In 1977 he declared Hay-on-Wye an Independent Kingdom with himself as King and his horse Goldie as Prime Minister! 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We arrive this afternoon at the westernmost tip of Wales, where magnificent St. David's Cathedral stands dramatically in a hollow, below the tiny city of the same name. The spiritual and ecclesiastical center of Wales, the shrine marks the birthplace of the country's beloved patron saint (Dewi Sant in Welsh) and has drawn pilgrims to the rugged Pembrokeshire Coast since its founding in 550 AD. Together with a local guide, we walk among its vaulted 12th century chambers, built of dusky purple sandstone from the nearby cliffs, and learn about the centuries of fine craftsmanship that created the grand cathedral. Our hotel, the St David's Cross Hotel, originally a large family house over 200 years ago, has been operating as a hotel since the late 1880s. 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We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. 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We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}