Total distance covered; 110 miles (176kms)
9 days walking, based in Painswick
Painswick, our base for the Cotswold Way, is often referred to as ''The Queen of the Cotswolds'. The steep streets which run down into the centre of the town are lined with mellow stone-built houses dating from the medieval, Tudor and Georgian periods and built with the proceeds of a flourishing wool trade. The church of St Mary, parts of which date from Norman times, has a graceful spire, some well-preserved tabletop tombs and is surrounded by carefully clipped yew trees.
Painswick has a range of independent shops and a number of restaurants, bistros and inns offering food in the evening. It has a number of shops where one can purchase the makings of a packed lunch.
The daily meeting point in Painswick is Stamages Lane Car Park (junction of New Street and Stamages Lane).
Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in Painswick and details can be found on the following websites:
Alternatively, an accommodation guide can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Painswick, whose contact details are as follows:
Painswick Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Victoria Square, Painswick, Gloucestershire, GL6 6QA.
Telephone: 01452 812278
Painswick TIC is manned by volunteers and has seasonal opening hours (April to October). Although the address for correspondence is the Town Hall the information centre, when open, is located in the old gravedigger's hut in the churchyard of St Mary's Church in Painswick. If you require information when their office is not open then contact Stroud Tourist Information Centre on 01453 760960.
How to reach Painswick by public transport; The nearest railway station to Painswick is Stroud; four miles distant. From Stroud (the Merrywalks stop is close to the station) there are hourly buses (service No. 66) to Painswick Monday to Saturday, and a less frequent service on a Sunday; journey time, 8 minutes.
General information on the Cotswold Way, the Cotswolds and Painswick, can be found on the following websites:
Day 1: Chipping Campden to Stanway 12 mls (19kms)
Day 2: Stanway to Cleeve Hill 13 mls (21kms)
Day 3: Cleeve Hill to Leckhampton Hill 12 mls (19kms)
Day 4: Leckhampton Hill to Painswick 13 mls (21kms)
Day 5: Painswick to Nympsfield 15 mls (24kms)
Day 6: Nympsfield to Wotton-under-Edge 12 mls (19kms)
Day 7: Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury 13 mls (21kms)
Day 8: Old Sodbury to Lansdown Monument 12 mls (19kms)
Day 9: Lansdown Monument to Bath 8 mls (13kms)
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