Cotswold Round Trail Running

Cotswold Round Trail Running

A circular route from Moreton-in-Marsh, visiting the finest settlements and countryside in the Cotswolds.

3 to 4 nights
49 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate

From £355 per person

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About this route

The Cotswold Round is a clear circuit taking in many of the best-loved villages and towns nestled in the Cotswolds AONB. Setting off from Moreton-in-Marsh, with its large market square surrounded by former coaching inns, this running tour meanders through the tranquil Windrush valley and along the western edge of the Cotswold Hills, offering gently undulating terrain and epic views across the quintessentially English countryside.

This route also encounters a wealth of industrial and cultural history unique to the Cotswolds, as well as plenty of pleasant scenery and friendly ambiance in each settlement along the way.

© Contours Walking Holidays Cotswold Round Trail Running map
Circular trail from Bourton-on-the-Water
49 miles (78 km)
19th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Gliding amongst the peaceful scenery of the Windrush Valley on the way to Winchcombe.

Exploring the picturesque Cotswolds towns and villages, including Bourton-on-the-Water and Guiting Power.

Bounding across rolling fields and admiring the pleasant green landscapes and far-reaching views.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-COTR1 A circular trail beginning at Bourton-on-the-Water 3 nights, 2 days running Moderate£355
R-COTR2 A circular trail beginning at Bourton-on-the-Water 4 nights, 3 days running Easy / Moderate£440

Cotswold Round Trail Run 3 nights, 2 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Bourton-on-the-Water to Broadway. 24.5 miles (39km) / 2753 ft (839 m) ascent

Day 2

Broadway to Bourton-on-the-Water. 24 miles (38km) / 2457 ft (749 m) ascent


Depart from Bourton-on-the-Water after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the time to explore the sights and sounds of the Cotswolds.

The lively village of Bourton-on-the-Water, with its many shops and attractions is a good choice for a rest day.

Broadway is a lovely village with two wonderful churches, a fine old inn and some interesting little shops.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 48.5 miles (77.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 24 miles (38 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24.5 miles (39 km)
Code: R-COTR1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 19th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Bourton-on-the-Water
End of holiday: Bourton-on-the-Water

Route Profile

Cotswold Round Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol and Birmingham.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Bourton-on-the-Water) is at Moreton-in-Marsh (approx. 8 miles away).

By Bus - There is a bus from Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Water Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi will be required on a Sunday.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Moreton-in-Marsh.

Return To The Start - The Cotswold Round is a circular tour beginning and ending in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.