Walking is a great way to experience the world. You really get to soak in the scenery, clear your mind, breathe in fresh air and its great exercise for your body. As a couple or in a group, unlike other exercise, hiking is also a wonderful way to have a conversation (unlike panting while running or shouting while cycling). Many of our vacation home exchange members love exploring areas on foot, creating a great vacation; learning about a local area and enjoying the outdoors.
The Cotswolds in England has to be one of our favourite places in the world to go rambling. The beauty of rolling hills combined with the unique pristine Cotswold stone villages makes this part of the world very special.
Cotswold stone is a yellow Jerassic limestone with a honey or golden color that seems to change with the intensity of the sun. The most famous trail in the area is the Cotswold Way, a 102 mile path heading North from Bath ending in Chipping Campden. It was designated a UK National Trail in 2007 but the region has been a favourite destination for hikers and walkers for decades. Thanks to the Romans, centuries of traders crossing the area and today’s rambling societies there is an estimated 3,000 miles of paths in the Cotswolds, an area about 25 miles wide by 90 miles long. Pretty villages are dotted all around the area, favourites with tourists include Burton-on the-Water, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Broadway, Bibury and of course Bath but the truth is you can literally stumble upon dozens on your walking adventures.
The area was famous across all of Europe for its wool production as early as the 12th century. Today you will still enjoy seeing plenty of sheep as you transverse the fields. Of course spring is a great time to see and hear the young lamb calling for their mothers.
Home exchange is a great way to enjoy a walking vacation in the Cotswolds; you can have a spacious place to stay, all the amenities of a home and save thousands in accommodation costs. Click on any of the pictures to view in more detail a few select choices of listings with IVHE.com in the Cotswolds. Interested in walking and hiking, we have a full search for all properties that feature walking destinations here. Enjoy!