Walk through farmers fields and small paths to Lower Slaughter where you will follow the river to Bourton-on-the-Water.
A short four miles through more quintessential English countryside brings you to Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the prettiest villages in England, and is known as “Venice of the Cotswolds.” Famous for its attractive stone bridges crossing the bubbling River Windrush all along the center of the village, Bourton has a unique charm. Treat yourself to English tea and delicious homemade cakes at one of the many tea rooms before making your way to your lovely country manor house hotel just outside Bourton-on-the-Water.
Your hotel for tonight is in the village of Lower Slaughter which you will pass through on the way to Bourton-on-the-Water. However, we recommend continuing to Bourton-on-the-Water for lunch before returning to your hotel in Lower Slaugther. There is approx 1 mile between Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water.
There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,
Some of the ground can be uneven, with steep descents and muddy/boggy ground. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously where needed, the mud is especially tricky in wet weather.
A note about farms and animals: Be very aware of closing gates behind you. Remember, animals on a farm are not pets and can be closer to a wild animal than a domestic pet - particularly for dogs. The main risk today is horses as the path often crosses fields with grazing horses.
When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.
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Points of Interest
Copse Hill Road
A beautiful road framed by tall trees and grand houses, meandering alongside it is a stone built waterway with impossibly fine little stone bridges crisscrossing the river below. Copse Hill Road in Lower Slaughter won the Google Street View award after a two-week vote by about 20,000 people. Take a loved one for a walk don this street, itis now an iconic place to propose!
The 'little Venice' of the Cotswolds, with the wide and slow Windrush river flowing directly through the centre of town. A collection of attractive houses, bridges and green grassy areas surround the river as it makes its way south. The town is full of excellent country pubs, with food varying from the hearty to the gourmet. Attractions include Birdland, The Motoring Museum for those who love vintage cars and the intriguing Dragonfly Maze, all within a short walk fo the centre.
Sturdy waterproof boots as the path can be slippery and wet in parts.
Walking poles for stream crossing and muddy descents if the weather is wet.