Hike the Cotswold Way - Kit List

This was just my second long distance, multi day hike but, as with all adventures I constantly strive to improve the equipment I use reduce the amount of weight being carried. For the Cotswold Way I carried the following with me over the 105 miles and 5 days: CAMPING Bivi - Alpkit Hunka XL Tarp - DD Hammocks SuperLight Tarp - Small Sleeping Mat - Alpkit Numo Sleeping Bag - Alpkit PipeDream 600 Inflatable Pillow - Exped Air Pillow XL COOKING & HYDRATION Water Bladder - Osprey Hydraulics 2.5Lt Reservoir Water Pouch - Decathlon 500ml Felxible Trail Running Flask Water Filter - Sawyer Squeeze Stove was a Alpkit Kraku Cooking Pan - Decathlon two piece pot set (no longer sold) Evening Meals - Extr

The Cotswold Way - Day 1

Start - Chipping Campden End - Crickley Hill Distance - 16.56 miles / 26.7 Km Walking Time - 5 Hours Assent - 2,119 ft / 646 meters The Cotswold Way is a 100 (ish) mile signposted trail in the UK from Chipping Campden to Bath Abbey through the rolling Cotswold Hills. I grew up less than 2 miles from part of the path, and yet, have never walked more than the shortest parts of it. In September 2020 I started to right that wrong. Starting from Cheltenham I took a bus to the start of the trail in Chipping Campden. The bus took the best part of 2 hours to wind its way through every village (stopping at every lamppost we passed,) but, for the princely sun of just £4.20 it must be one the country’s

The Cotswold Way - Day 2

Start - Crickley Hill End - Coaley Peak Distance - 23.25 miles / 37.4 Km Walking Time - 7 Hours Assent - 3,229 ft / 984 meters I love sleeping in my bivi under a tarp; enough protection from the elements but space to look out & gaze at the night sky & feel connected with your surroundings in a way tents don’t allow. This is what I planned for my accommodation along the trail; small, lightweight, simple and yet completely functional for what I needed. The day would see me pass through the part of the trail I know the best. Starting with Winchcombe before climbing to Belas Knap; a 5500 year old burial mound that is free to walk around & explore. I was the only person there & it took me a coupl

The Cotswold Way - Day 3

Start - Crickley Hill End - Coaley Peak Distance - 22.25 miles / 35.8 Km Walking Time - 7 Hours Assent - 3,110 ft / 948 meters Another hot September day but one with thankfully more shade than the previous days. The woods of Cranham, Painswick, Woodchester and countless others shielded me from much of the heat whilst the sun light danced between the branches creating endlessly changing patterns on the floor. For the first time since starting I met two fellow through hikers heading in the opposite direction. It was a great to chat for a few minutes and share tips of what lay ahead for each of us. The award of prettiest village of day goes to the delightful Painswick which truly is a little ge

The Cotswold Way - Day 4

Start - Coaley Peak End - Tormarton Distance - 26.5 miles / 42.6 Km Walking Time - 8 Hours 21 Minutes Assent - 3,619 ft / 1,103 meters Day 4 turned in to a big one. Lots of hills, sunshine and more miles in a day than I’d walked before in a day were just some of the ingredients that made it special The day started by following a ridge line down into Dursley (which is a far nicer place than its name might suggest.) From there it was up towards North Nibley and one of the highlights of the day; the Tyndale Monument. Visible from the M5 and many miles round it stands alone on a grassy hill top plain. William Tyndale was the first person to Translate the new Testament of the Bible into English a

The Cotswold Way - Day 5

Start - Tormarton End - Bath Abbey Distance - 16,7 miles / 26.9Km Walking Time - 5 Hours Assent - 1,714 ft / 522 meters And just like that it’s over. A total of 105 miles hiked over 5 days (well, 4.5 days actually but who was really counting?) For the first time that week, instead of tranquil silence the day started with the rumble of fast moving traffic which soon became a roar as I crossed the M4 en-route to the paths finish line at Bath Abbey. I’d been warned by other hikers that from here the route became less beautiful and involved walking along country lanes rather than footpaths & hillsides. This was true for the first mile or two but after that it was back to the sort of views and te