London Cotswolds Walking Holiday

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A new London Cotswolds Walking Holiday has been announced by English Lakeland Ramblers. Their UK vacation includes hiking in pretty English towns and villages like Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadwell, Stanton, and Chipping Campden before transferring for three nights in London via a visit to Highclere Castle, the film location for hit TV series Downton Abbey. 

Walking in the Cotswolds

For the Cotswolds section of the trip, the holiday is based for four nights at Charingworth Manor Hotel, near Chipping Campden, one of the most popular and attractive of Cotswolds towns. From here there will be trips for walking in and around most of the prettiest Cotswold villages such as Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Stow-in-the-Wold, Broadwell, Broadway, and picture-perfect Stanton.

From the Cotswolds to London: Downton Abbey

After four days of walking in the Cotswolds, the holiday transfers to London with a visit on the way to Highclere Castle - better known as Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle is where the hugely successful Downton Abbey TV series is filmed, though even without the TV connection it would make for a fascinating visit. Highclere has been the home of the Carnarvon family since 1679, and the castle also has an Egyptian Exhibition. That’s because George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922 along with his colleague, the archaeologist Howard Carter.

You can read about the Highclere Downton Abbey connection here on their website.

Here’s a video from Time Magazine explaining the Downton Abbey connection too:


The walking holiday concludes with three nights in London. Highlights here include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, and a cruise along the River Thames - one of the best ways of seeing the city and its skyline, both ancient and modern. There is one full free day to do your own exploring of the city - maybe Buckingham Palace, The British Museum, The National Gallery, Big Ben or a trip on the London Eye.

London Cotswolds Walking Holiday: More Information

This vacation taking in both London and the Cotswolds takes place May 19-26, 2013. The cost is $3,375, and you can find out more information here on the English Lakeland Ramblers website.

Read our review of the excellent
Rough Guide to the Cotswolds.

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