If you’re booking a stay at one of the luxury hotels in the Cotswolds, it’s often good to balance all that fine dining and luxury with a little walking and open air exercise.
One way to give your stay a little structure is to join a guided walk - these take place regularly through the year with some of the best being organised by the Cotswolds AONB service.
2017 theme walks include ’Salt, Pepper, Apples and Pears’ (including Hailes Fruit Farm), View of California (a farm), a Cots-wold Safari, Coffee Morning walks, East-leach and Southrop, Stroudwater Vine-yards, Time Travelling (visiting sites from the Bronze Age to WWII), Writer’s Tours, Cotswold Churches and The Secret Forest of Wychwood.
Luxury hotels in the Cotswolds very often have huge grounds in their own right - Dormy House and Foxhill Manor lead the way here, on their hilltop location.
Another welcome addition to the events scene for luxury hotels in the Cotswolds has been the rise of Walking Festivals. The first was Winchcombe Walking Festi-val in May and these days Corsham (June), Bathscape (September) and Durs-ley (October).
Winchcombe’s event includes a self guided 21 mile Winchcombe Way Challenge plus 23 organised walks, from 3 to 14 miles. In general walking festivals mean you can expect sociable walks, pubs not fussing about muddy boots and a general warm welcome.
Luxury hotels in the Cotswolds are general-ly very well placed to experiences some of the great outdoor events that the area has to offer.
BBC Countryfile Live has established itself quickly as one of the most popular events in the area. Held at Blenheim Palace in August the event showcases the very best of the countryside.
Adam Henson’s farm, animal displays, farming in action, shopping from more than 600 exhibitors including food and craft producers and even a great British pub garden add up to a fun, inspiring and in-formative day out in the countryside. July sees National Meadows Day run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board.
Autumn colour is an annual event that brings character and life to luxury hotels in the Cotswolds. Visits to Westonbirt or Batsford Arbotetum seem to get more popular every year. Use the fact that you're staying locally to get there early to beat the crowds.
Luxury hotels in the Cotswolds really come into their own in Spring - beginning with the annual Cotswolds Hare Trail, which sees sponsored decorated model hares scat-tered across the Cotswolds through the year, the trail encourages your to find some of the lesser known places in the Cots-wolds.
You can also explore the Wool history and heritage of the area at an annual Cotswolds Sheep and Wool Day at the Old Prison in Northleach.