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Another Cotswold Hotel Question

I am researching hotel/B&B.s for Cotswold Way. Here are some glitches: the travel guides do not list many places. I then go to and Many places are sold out in July and August (We are a family of three.). Many of the hotels do not seem to be on the route and are listed as 5 miles from a town, etc.. We are hikers. We want to find places that are within walking distance of the "trail". We are going to delay this trip for 1 year, so we can better plan it. How can I know that an Inn is on the walking route? Some list city center. The (or other booking sites) maps do not indicate how close a hotel/Inn is to the hiking course. What Summer month is best for this trip? We are limited to Summer due to my child's school schedule.

Posted by
2424 posts

Use this link

Under General Info tick the Accommodation box then zoom in on the map to see the location of B&Bs on the route.

I think this is the best book for walking the Cotswold Way

I don't think a general booking site is best for this type of holiday. Many small b&bs will not be listed on the likes of expedia.

Posted by
8889 posts

Your best bet is the local tourists board sites, they will list everything. and the like only list those who are prepared to pay there fees, and have a computerised booking system. This does not apply to small B&B's. They also tend to mangle listings according to their rules, not providing the info you want.
"Some list city center" - if it is in a city it is not what you are looking for. There are no cities in the Cotswolds, you want villages.

I suggest you get the Ordnance Survey maps for your intended route. They are also available online via BIng Maps. This is what you want when you are on your walks. A good B&B will list their National Grid Reference, which is the co-ordinate system used on OS maps, so you can find the locations.
Also, British Postcodes locate a place to within a few houses. If you know the postcode you can enter it into Bing Maps and find the building.

Edit: The link Ramblin' on gave you ( ) also zooms down to OS maps- great.

Posted by
2759 posts

As I said in your other post here are two book that you most definitely need...The Cotswold Way National Trail can get it on Amazon. It lists B&Bs/Hotels, the other is Cotswold Way by Bob Hayne which has great maps to you each day.

Posted by
1791 posts

Hi Robin,
I did buy the trailblazer Cotswold Way book by the Haynes. It's great for maps, but not accommodations. I bought the rough guide. It's rather limited in many ways (maps and accommodations). The national trail companion that you recommended was outrageously priced last time I checked on Amazon, unless there are new listings now. I will check again to see if the prices have improved.

Posted by
2759 posts

You can get the Cotswolds Way National Trail Companion on Amazon for $16.00.

Posted by
3566 posts

Check Ebay for your books. Sometimes you find much better prices there than on Amazon.

Posted by
1010 posts

We used Andrew Guppy, Cotswold Walks, this past August. We stayed in the Cotswolds for 8 nights.