Daily Walking Guide

  • Light = less than 4 miles of walking throughout the day, mostly level
  • Medium = less than 6 miles of walking throughout the day, with some hills and stairs
  • Heavy = less than 8 miles of walking throughout the day, with hills and stairs

Day 1: Welcome to Bristol!
The Eat Team will meet the group at our Bristol hotel at 4 p.m. for a welcome reception, followed by a quick tour of the neighborhood to help get your bearings.  A welcome dinner is scheduled this evening to kick the tour off and become better acquainted with our fellow travelers.

Sleep:  Bristol
Driving:  None
Walking:  Medium

Day 2: Stonehenge and Bath
Today we visit prehistoric Stonehenge in Wiltshire, with time to tour the site and visitors center.  When we’ve had our fill of stone circles, we’ll drive to the historic city of Bath for lunch. After lunch the group will tour the 2,000-year-old Roman Baths, followed by the option of a guided tour of the city or free time to explore on your own.

Sleep:  Bristol
Driving:  3 hours
Walking:  Medium

Day 3: Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle  
The day kicks-off by crossing into Wales for explore Chepstow Castle, the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain.  You will have free rein to tour the castle ruins and surrounding villages of Thornwell and Crossway Green. From Chepstow, we’ll drive through the Welsh countryside to Tintern Abbey, 12 century ruins of the first Cistercian foundation in Wales.  In the afternoon we’ll continue driving to the Welsh market town of Abergavenny, for a group dinner and free time.

Sleep:   Abergavenny
Driving:   3 hours
Walking:   Medium to Heavy

Day 4: Abergavenny Food Festival
Today is dedicated to the Abergavenny Food Festival – an annual event designed to bring together Britain’s finest chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers, and food producers.  There will be a number of chef demos, cooking classes, tours, and talks for you to partake in, plus eats and drinks aplenty! Festival admission and tickets to one event (of your choice) are included, but you’ll have the option of adding on as many events as you’d like.

Sleep: Abergavenny
Driving: None
Walking: Light

Day 5: Worcestershire Orchard and Hopyard Tour
The day begins by driving back into England, with a drive through the Herefordshire and Worcestershire countryside to a 200-year-old hop and apple farm.  Here you’ll tour the orchard and farm with one of the owners, followed by a picnic style lunch with beers and ciders in their beautiful Georgian house. After lunch, we’ll drive to Ledbury, a village known for its “black & white” style timber-framed buildings and historic Market House.

Sleep: Ledbury
Driving: 2 hours
Walking: Light

Day 6: Cheltenham and Cirencester
We’ll begin our day by driving to Cheltenham, a regency era spa town located on the edge of the Cotswolds.  Here you’ll explore the city’s eats and drinks on a private food tour, followed by free time to check out other sites.  In the evening we’ll drive to Cirencester, where the group will have the option of a guided tour of the city or free time.

Sleep: Cirencester
Driving: 1 hour
Walking: Medium

Day 7: Cotswold Villages
Today we explore the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for its rare limestone grassland habitats and old growth beech woodlands.  We’ll be visiting quintessentially English villages and market towns known for their golden stone architecture, picturesque bridges, scenic footpaths. You’ll have the option of a guided tour of the villages or free time to explore on your own.  In the evening, the group will dine together for a chef’s table supper.

Sleep: Cirencester
Driving: 2 hours
Walking: Medium

Day 8: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace
The day begins by visiting Bibury for a scenic morning walk in what has been touted as the Cotswolds most photogenic village.  We will then drive through the English countryside to Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and the principal residence of the 12th Duke of Marlborough.  Here the group will have a private tour of the palace state rooms, followed by a Victorian afternoon tea in the palace Orangery. After tea, you have free time to explore the extensive grounds: the park, formal gardens, maze, and butterfly house.

Sleep: Windsor
Driving: 2 hours
Walking: Light to Medium

Day 9: Windsor Castle and Town
We’ll start the day with a guided tour of the city.  This will be followed by free time for lunch and to explore.
You’ll have the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle at your leisure for self-guided tour of the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world.  Tonight we’ll meet for a final group dinner.

Sleep: Windsor
Driving: 1.5 hours
Walking: Medium

Day 10: Farewell Breakfast
The Eat Team will greet the group in the morning for breakfast, to help with any travel arrangements and answer questions.  There are no group activities today, but Windsor is perfectly located to easily reach Heathrow and Gatwick airports, or to extend your vacation by visiting London.

Itinerary specifics are subject to change.   

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