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Walking the English Countryside: the Cotswolds and Cornwall

Program Number: 18730RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/16/2014 - 9/29/2014; 9/1/2015 - 9/14/2015; 9/15/2015 - 9/28/2015; 5/2/2016 - 5/16/2016; 5/30/2016 - 6/13/2016; 6/13/2016 - 6/27/2016; 6/27/2016 - 7/11/2016; 7/4/2016 - 7/18/2016; 8/29/2016 - 9/12/2016; 9/12/2016 - 9/26/2016; 9/26/2016 - 10/10/2016;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: England, UK:England
Price starting at: $4,189.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 26; 12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Thanks to thousands of miles of public and ancient footpaths, walking is an integral part of the British way of life. With rolling hills, scattered stone villages, and a wealth of historic monuments and buildings from prehistoric times to the present day, there is no better countryside to roam than that of the Cotswolds and the Duchy of Cornwall.


• On expert-led walks, discover quaint Cotswold villages and wildlife-rich sandy bays and the dramatic coastline of Cornwall.
• Learn about the Cotswolds’ designation as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” from a Countryside Ranger.
• Meet a local Cornwall expert to hear about the spectacular coastline and its wildlife.

Activity Particulars

Up to six hours of strenuous, moderate- to fast-paced activity per day, equivalent to hiking six miles over varied terrain.

Date Specific Information

9-16-2014, 9-1-2015, 9-15-2015, 5-2-2016, 5-30-2016, 6-13-2016, 6-27-2016, 7-4-2016, 8-29-2016, 9-12-2016, 9-26-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival London, coach to Mickleton (Cotswolds), 5 nights; coach to Cornwall, 6 nights; coach to London, 1 night; departure

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival London
Coach to Mickleton
5 nights

Learn about Cotswolds designation as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” from a Countryside Ranger. Walk from central Oxford to the flower-filled water meadows of Christ Church for a private viewing of the college and Cathedral of renowned Christ Church. Meet a top silversmith with records dating back centuries in Chipping Campden.

Coach to Cornwall
6 nights
Coach to London
1 night

In Cornwall, walk parts of the South West Coastal Path and explore Roman and Georgian Bath. Meet a North Cornwall expert to hear about the spectacular coastline and its wildlife, and sample traditional puddings and Cornish pasties. The owner of the Cornish Blue Hills Tin Streams talks about his mining experiences in Cornwall and the opal mines of Australia.


It was the seat of an empire on which the sun never set. It has been Merry, Dickensian and Victorian. It has given us common law, Shakespeare, tennis, the Rolls-Royce and the Beatles. England and its people have played an outsize role in shaping world history. It is a country whose past, politics, culture and characters never cease to captivate.

Mickleton near Chipping Campden: Traditional Cotswolds hotel, built in 1870 and home to the “Pudding Club.” Cornwall: Country house in an idyllic setting with 15 acres of enchanting gardens and woodlands. London: Comfortable airport hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Ian Newman

Ian Newman grew up in England’s Tamar Valley, where the proximity of Dartmoor National Park, Bodmin Moor and the coasts of Cornwall and Devon inspired a love of the outdoors. Ian served in the military for more than 10 years, during which time he traveled extensively, climbed in the Alps and Himalayas and gained a number of formal outdoor leadership qualifications. He and his wife Suzanne now lead walking and hiking programs for Road Scholar participants through their company, Footpath Holidays.
Meals and Lodgings
   Three Ways House Hotel
  Mickleton, UK:England 5 nights
   Lanteglos Country House Hotel.
  Camelford, North Cornwall, UK:England 6 nights
   Radisson Blu Heathrow Hotel.
  London Heathrow Airport, UK:England 1 night
 Three Ways House Hotel
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.
  Room amenities: TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, lounge and bar.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Lanteglos Country House Hotel.
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.
Camelford,  PL32 9RF UK:England
phone: +44 1840 213551
  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 allowed: No

 Radisson Blu Heathrow Hotel.
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBC. For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Welcome meeting at 5:00 pm in the hotel. Check-in after 2:00pm. Optional self-guided walk for those arriving early. You will be staying at Three Ways House Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast ends at 10:00am. Check-out is at 11:00am. Shuttle bus "Hoppa" for departure to Heathrow Airport. You will be staying at Radisson Blu Heathrow Hotel. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: See above.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mickleton
  Nearest city or town:  Chipping Campden.
  Nearest airport:  Heathrow.
  Transportation to site: Heathrow Express to Paddington. Taxi or underground to Euston. Trains to Moreton-on-the Marsh from London Euston 80 minutes journey time. Also hourly trains from Paddington to Moreton-in-the-Marsh, journey time 1 hour and 33minutes. Taxi from Moreton.
  From End of Program
  Location:  London Heathrow Airport
  Transportation from site: Taxis available for the 9 miles to LHR.
Equipment Requirements: Walking shoes and equipment. See packing list.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Tuesday, September 16)
 In Transit: Overnight flight to the UK.

Day 2:
(Wednesday, September 17)
 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.
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Broadway and Chipping Campden.
(Thursday, September 18)
 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.
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Christ Church Oxford
(Friday, September 19)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Walk through central Oxford to Christ Church meadow. A flower-filled water meadow beside the River Thames, with views of the 'dreaming spires'. 1.2 miles. Private guided tour of the college and Cathedral.
 Lunch: In a popular local cafe.
 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: Free evening. You may decide to take a stroll to one of the village pubs, the King's arms or the Butcher's Arms, to swap stories with the locals.
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fossebridge, Bibury and Kelmscott Manor.
(Saturday, September 20)
 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: On your own in one of the pubs or tearooms in beautiful Bibury.
 Afternoon: Walk from Bibury to Fossebridge - 6 miles. Peaceful and unspoilt riverside walking beside the beautiful River Coln, beginning in the village of Bibury, described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England".
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Bourton-on-the-Water and the Slaughters; Stow-on-the- Wold
(Sunday, September 21)
 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.
Accommodations: Three Ways House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Wells
(Monday, September 22)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Cornwall with a visit to the city of Wells. Wells is very compact and there is a great deal of architectural splendour and visible history available in a relatively small area. Your leader will help you ‘get your bearings’ so you can make the best use of your exploration time. A printed map and suggested exploration trail is provided.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Evening guest speaker Introduction to the North Cornwall coast.
Accommodations: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Pentire Head to Rock: The coastal path
(Tuesday, September 23)
 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 a saffron cake.
 Afternoon: Visit to the Camel Valley Vineyard.
 Dinner: In the hotel. Enjoy a pre-dinner glass of award-winning Camel Valley Brut, followed by readings of Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman's works performed by the Camhayle Theatre Club.
Accommodations: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: St Ive's and the Land's End Peninsula.
(Wednesday, September 24)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: St Ives and the Land's End Peninsula. Options: A. Take a guided walk around 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. Limited time available for independent exploration. Or B. A morning of independent exploration of St Ives and its galleries.
 Lunch: On your own in St Ives; choose from one of the many character inns, tearooms and cafes.
 Afternoon: Visit to the historic Blue Hills Tin Streams including a lecture and guided tour of the workings by the owner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Padstow.
(Thursday, September 25)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Options in Padstow: A. Guided walk from Harlyn Bay to Padstow via Trevone Head and Hawker's Cove - 7 miles. A walk along a magnificent stretch of rugged coastline and a stunning tidal estuary. Or B. For those wishing to opt out of the walk, there is the chance of a fuller exploration of Padstow and its charms.
 Lunch: On your own for lunch in Padstow. Padstow is famous for its seafood, beer and Cornish Pasties. Your leaders will point out the best cafes, pubs and pasty shops!
 Afternoon: Free time in Padstow for all.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: The Cornish Riviera
(Friday, September 26)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Visit to the Cornish Riviera 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. There is an excellent restaurant and tearoom at Heligan. Those taking the walk will have the opportunity for a refreshment stop at Gorran Haven and find lunch in Mevagissey.
 Afternoon: Continues to Mevagissey for all.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Tintagel
(Saturday, September 27)
 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: On your own. There is a good tearoom at Tintagel castle, or you may wish to bring a picnic (opportunity to buy in Boscastle before the walk).
 Afternoon: Continues. Farewell to Cornwall.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Lanteglos Country House Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Bath
(Sunday, September 28)
 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.
Accommodations: Radisson Blu Heathrow Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14:
(Monday, September 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Hoppa bus to airport for departures.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  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
  Camelford, North Cornwall Boat trip around Padstow Bay
Take a one-hour boat trip around Padstow Bay on the Jubilee Queen. 6 pounds.
  Enjoy the Beach
Relax 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 Padstow
Spend 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.
  London Heathrow Airport Central London
There 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
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Suggested Reading List

A Cornish Anthology

Author: A.L. Rowse


Best of Betjeman, a collection of poems by Sir John Betjaeman



Chipping Campden

Author: Catherine Gordon


Cornwall's Archaeological Heritage

Author: Cornwall Archaeological Union

Cornwall's Maritime Heritage

Author: A. Kitteridge

Cotswolds & The Spirit of the Cotswolds

Author: Susan Hill

Myths and Legends of Cornwall

Author: Weatherhill and Devereux


Oxford Book of Oxford

Author: Jan Morris

Description: 'Few cities,' Jan Morris observes, 'have been much more loved, loathed, and celebrated.' This book has become a classic account of the character, history, mores, buildings, climate, and people of one of Britain's most fascinating cities. 'A book of outstanding excellence, with a sweep of knowledge and a distinction of style such as I have never before encountered in a work of this sort ... Brilliant alike in observation and imagination ... brings the very stones of Oxford to life' Sunday Telegraph

Oxford Insight Compact Guide

Author: Apa

Description: This Insight Compact Guide is the ideal companion for your trip to the famous university city of Oxford. The top 10 sights are highlighted to help you plan your visit and include Christ Church College, the Botanic Garden and the Sheldonian Theatre. Clear, colour-coded sections cover everything from history and culture, to entertainment, food and drink in an easy-to-read format. Sights are cross-referenced on detailed full-colour maps throughout, providing instant orientation and allowing you to tailor your chosen routes exactly to the places you most want to visit. Full-colour photographs throughout the guide provide a visual introduction to this architecturally attractive city and enable you to recognise sights, such as the famous colleges, whilst out and about.

The Cornish Mining Industry

Author: J.A. Buckley


The Cornish in America

Author: A.L. Rowse

The Cotswolds - Life and Traditions

Author: June Lewis


The Cotswolds: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)

Author: Jane Bingham

Description: The Cotswolds have featured on a thousand country calendars, but what is the real story behind the picture-perfect rural scene? Jane Bingham reveals a history of privilege and poverty, idyll and conflict, through the eyes of travellers, writers and artists. Lying in the heart of Southern England, the Cotswolds occupy a significant place in the history of the nation. Ancient stone circles and ruined Roman villas provide reminders of a distant past. Fine churches and manor houses survive from the prosperous Middle Ages, and the landscape also bears the scars of Civil War. The home of kings and nobles since Saxon times, the region is famous for its grand estates, while signs of an industrial age can be seen in its mills and factories. After the wool trade reached its peak in the fifteenth century, the fortunes of the Cotswolds suffered a slow decline as its villages sank into picturesque decay. But in the 1890s the region began to experience a remarkable transformation. It was then that William Morris and his followers discovered the area, establishing thriving centres for Arts and Crafts.

The Geology of Cornwall

Author: E.B. Selwood, Eric M. Durrance, C.M. Bristow

Description: The geology of Cornwall has been the subject of considerable interest to academic and commercial geologists due to its diversity and complexity. A literature of significant historical interest exists, and this literature is analyzed in this text, together with a wide-ranging review of the current position and assessments of the environmental consequences of rock and mineral exploitation. The volume contains contributions by 21 leading geologists, providing an up-to-date review of current research. It includes a listing of sites of notable scientific interest.

The Language of Landscape

Author: Anne Whiston Spirn

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