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Walking the English Countryside: the Cotswolds and Cornwall

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Program #18730RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Walking shoes and equipment. See packing list.

Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 28, 2015

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Day One: Tuesday, September 15 -
In Transit: Overnight flight to the UK.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Traditional Cotswolds hotel with honey coloured stone built in 1870. Home to the "Pudding Club".

Contact info:
Mickleton
Chipping Campden, GL55 6SB. UK:England
phone: +44 1386 438429.
web: www.puddingclub.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, September 16 -
Arrive To: London Heathrow and transfer to the Cotswolds hotel.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure or take an optional one mile self-guided walk each way to Hidcote Gardens. Welcome meeting before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Lodging: Three Ways House Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Traditional Cotswolds hotel with honey coloured stone built in 1870. Home to the "Pudding Club".

Contact info:
Mickleton
Chipping Campden, GL55 6SB. UK:England
phone: +44 1386 438429.
web: www.puddingclub.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, September 17 - Broadway and Chipping Campden.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk Broadway to Chipping Campden via Broadway and Dover's Hill - 5.5 miles. A climb up Fish Hill to Broadway Tower for magnificent views across the Vale of Severn and into Wales, followed by a ridge top walk to Dover's Hill for views across the town of Chipping Campden.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local fare.

Afternoon: Option A. Guided walk around the centre of Chipping Campden including a visit to Hart's Silversmith. B. Independent exploration with maps etc.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Presentation by a Cotswolds AONB Ranger on "The History of Farming in the Cotswolds and Countryside Conservation.

Lodging: Three Ways House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Traditional Cotswolds hotel with honey coloured stone built in 1870. Home to the "Pudding Club".

Contact info:
Mickleton
Chipping Campden, GL55 6SB. UK:England
phone: +44 1386 438429.
web: www.puddingclub.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, September 18 - Christ Church Oxford
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk through central Oxford to Christ Church meadow. Walk across flower-filled water meadows beside the River Thames, with views of the 'dreaming spires'. 2.2 miles. Private guided tour of the college and Cathedral.

Lunch: In hall at Christ Church.

Afternoon: At leisure with an information pack including map, directions, historical notes for a walking tour, open top bus tours, opening times and entrances for main attractions (at own cost).

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Optional stroll to a village pub, the King's arms or the Butcher's Arms.

Lodging: Three Ways House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Traditional Cotswolds hotel with honey coloured stone built in 1870. Home to the "Pudding Club".

Contact info:
Mickleton
Chipping Campden, GL55 6SB. UK:England
phone: +44 1386 438429.
web: www.puddingclub.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, September 19 - Fossebridge, Bibury and Kelmscott Manor.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk through the village of Kelmscott to William Morris' Kelmscott Manor, home to the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Lunch: Excluded

Afternoon: Walk from Fossebridge to Bibury - 6 miles. Peaceful and unspoilt riverside walking beside the beautiful River Coln, finishing in the village of Bibury, described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England".

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: In the hotel.

Lodging: Three Ways House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Traditional Cotswolds hotel with honey coloured stone built in 1870. Home to the "Pudding Club".

Contact info:
Mickleton
Chipping Campden, GL55 6SB. UK:England
phone: +44 1386 438429.
web: www.puddingclub.com

Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Sunday, September 20 - Bourton-on-the-Water and the Slaughters; Stow-on-...
Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Morning: Walk from Naunton to Bourton- on- the- Water via Eynsford and Upper and Lower Slaughter - 6 miles. A mixture of pasture and riverside walking through iconic villages along the rivers Eye and Windrush.

Lunch: Lunch on own in Bourton

Afternoon: Field trip to Stow-on-the-Wold for a guided walk with a local historian followed by independent exploration.

Dinner: A light main course in the hotel followed by a mini-Pudding Club with a selection of traditional British puddings.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Three Ways House Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The setting is idyllic, with 15 acres of enchanting gardens and woodlands. Built by Pugin in 1847 as a parsonage, this country house hotel has a wealth of period character and traditional style. Adjacent to main house are luxury chalets.

Contact info:
Camelford.
Cornwall
Camelford, PL32 9RF UK:England
phone: +44 1840 213551
web: www.lantegloshotel.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone with voicemail, satellite television, hairdrier, tea and coffee making facilities. Laptop point.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, badminton, squash and spacious woodland gardens.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Monday, September 21 - Wells
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Cornwall with a visit to the city of Wells. Options in Wells: A. Guided walk including the Cathedral, Bishop's Palace and Vicars' Close. B. Independent exploration.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: The transfer continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Evening guest speaker Introduction to the North Cornwall coast.

Lodging: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The setting is idyllic, with 15 acres of enchanting gardens and woodlands. Built by Pugin in 1847 as a parsonage, this country house hotel has a wealth of period character and traditional style. Adjacent to main house are luxury chalets.

Contact info:
Camelford.
Cornwall
Camelford, PL32 9RF UK:England
phone: +44 1840 213551
web: www.lantegloshotel.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone with voicemail, satellite television, hairdrier, tea and coffee making facilities. Laptop point.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, badminton, squash and spacious woodland gardens.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Tuesday, September 22 - Pentire Head to Rock: The coastal path
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk from Pentire Farm to Rock via The Rumps, Pentire Head, Polzeath and Daymar Bay to Endoc Church - 6.5 miles. A walk onto a massive headland with breath-taking views across the Camel estuary, followed by sandy beaches and wildlife-rich sand dunes. Laurence Binyon wrote 'For the Fallen' (Ode to Remembrance) whilst sat on The Rumps, whilst Sir John Betjeman is buried in the churchyard at St Enodoc.

Lunch: A packed lunch with local specialities including the famous Cornish pasty and saffron cake.

Afternoon: Visit to the Camel Valley Vineyard.

Dinner: Local produce evening including Camel Valley wine and readings of Sir John Betjeman's works by the Camhayle Theatre Club.

Lodging: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The setting is idyllic, with 15 acres of enchanting gardens and woodlands. Built by Pugin in 1847 as a parsonage, this country house hotel has a wealth of period character and traditional style. Adjacent to main house are luxury chalets.

Contact info:
Camelford.
Cornwall
Camelford, PL32 9RF UK:England
phone: +44 1840 213551
web: www.lantegloshotel.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone with voicemail, satellite television, hairdrier, tea and coffee making facilities. Laptop point.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, badminton, squash and spacious woodland gardens.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Wednesday, September 23 - St Ive's and the Land's End Peninsula.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: St Ives and the Land's End Peninsula. Take a guided walk around the St Ives harbour and St Ives Head out to Clodgy Point and back through the Bronze Age field systems to the west of the town.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Independent exploration of St Ives and galleries followed by a lecture and guided tour of the Blue Hills Tin Streams by the owner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The setting is idyllic, with 15 acres of enchanting gardens and woodlands. Built by Pugin in 1847 as a parsonage, this country house hotel has a wealth of period character and traditional style. Adjacent to main house are luxury chalets.

Contact info:
Camelford.
Cornwall
Camelford, PL32 9RF UK:England
phone: +44 1840 213551
web: www.lantegloshotel.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone with voicemail, satellite television, hairdrier, tea and coffee making facilities. Laptop point.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, badminton, squash and spacious woodland gardens.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Thursday, September 24 - Padstow.
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: In Padstow: A. Guided walk from Harlyn Bay to Padstow via Trevone Head and Hawker's Cove - 7 miles. A short inland walk followed by a magnificent stretch of rugged coastline and a stretch of tidal estuary. Or Independent exploration

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free time in Padstow for all.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The setting is idyllic, with 15 acres of enchanting gardens and woodlands. Built by Pugin in 1847 as a parsonage, this country house hotel has a wealth of period character and traditional style. Adjacent to main house are luxury chalets.

Contact info:
Camelford.
Cornwall
Camelford, PL32 9RF UK:England
phone: +44 1840 213551
web: www.lantegloshotel.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone with voicemail, satellite television, hairdrier, tea and coffee making facilities. Laptop point.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, badminton, squash and spacious woodland gardens.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Friday, September 25 - The Cornish Riveria
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Visit to the Cornish Riveria with a choice of activities A. Lost Gardens of Heligan with a guided tour of the north garden and time for independent exploration B. Walk from Dodman Point to Mevagissey via Gorran Haven and Portmellon - 6.5 miles. A superb promontory with sweeping views along the coast in both directions, picturesque fishing villages and sandy coves.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Continues to Mevagissey for all.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The setting is idyllic, with 15 acres of enchanting gardens and woodlands. Built by Pugin in 1847 as a parsonage, this country house hotel has a wealth of period character and traditional style. Adjacent to main house are luxury chalets.

Contact info:
Camelford.
Cornwall
Camelford, PL32 9RF UK:England
phone: +44 1840 213551
web: www.lantegloshotel.co.uk/

Room amenities: Direct-dial telephone with voicemail, satellite television, hairdrier, tea and coffee making facilities. Laptop point.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar. Heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis, badminton, squash and spacious woodland gardens.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Saturday, September 26 - Tintagel
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Walk from Boscastle to Tintagel via Rocky Valley - 6.5 miles. Magnificent wild coastline with stunning cliffs and rock formations, a deep wooded ravine, a spectacularly located castle and a large dose of mythology Visit to Tintagel Castle followed by a choice of A. Free time for exploration of Tintagel B. Extend the walk to Trebarwith Strand.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Continues. Farewell to Cornwall.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Close to Heathrow Airport.

Contact info:
140 Bath Road.
Hayes, Middlesex., UB3 5AW UK:England
phone: +44 20 8759 6311
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal number and voicemail, satllite TV and pay movies, in room safe. In room bar, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Complimentary wireless internet access, business centre, newsagents, health spa and fitness centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Sunday, September 27 - Bath
Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to London (Heathrow) via Bath. Independent exploration of Roman and Georgian Bath.

Lunch: Free time for lunch in Bath.

Afternoon: Continue transfer.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Monday, September 28 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Hoppa bus to airport for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


London Heathrow Airport
Central LondonThere are endless possibilities for an evening in London: The theater, a walk along the South Bank, guided walks, historic pubs, trend-setting restaurants, a stroll through SoHo.
For additional information, visit: www.timeout.com/london/
Camelford, North Cornwall
Boat trip around Padstow BayTake a one-hour boat trip around Padstow Bay on the Jubilee Queen. 6 pounds.
Enjoy the BeachRelax at Hawker’s Cove, a sandy beach just outside the town. Enjoy traditional English seaside pastimes; paddle, swim, or make a sandcastle. No cost.
Strolling around PadstowSpend your time watching harbor life or visit nearby Harbour Cove and watch the sails of the passing river traffic. Take time away from the quayside to explore the port's rich heritage — the Town Trail, the maritime displays in Padstow Museum. No cost.
Mickleton
Mickelton.Walks around village.St Lawrence Parish Church,Methodist Church, St Catherine’s R.C. Church. Local pubs Butchers Arms , Kings Arms.
For additional information, visit: www.mickleton.com/

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