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Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • No single supplement (UK only)
  • Flights from local airports (Europe only)

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01694 723600

You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

The rolling Cotswolds hills and magnificent honey stone villages epitomise Cotswolds Beauty. Join our small group friendly solos holiday. It’s a land of lovely deep river valleys, airy uplands and super views at every turn. Lovely village pubs and quiet by ways – the Cotswolds are one of England’s most beautiful landscapes and we take you to the heart of them on our walks.

Our speciality is offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in magnificent locations across the UK and Europe. Unlike many other walking companies which offer solos holidays as an extra, we are unique in that we only deal in solos guided walking.  We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

  • Three days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Two nights
  • Small, friendly groups
  • Location: Cotswolds
What you get on a Secret Hills break
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite two nights
  • Dinner
  • Lunch- Saturday and Sunday
  • Sole occupancy- no single supplement
  • Personal service – where possible, our walk leader will collect and return to Kemble station. If this is not possible, there are taxis available at the station to take you to the hotel
  • Total flexibility on when you arrive and depart – come for as many or few days as you want
  • Expert guiding
  • Transport to walks start and finish
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration services to help you enjoy this holiday

Not included

  • All drinks in the hotel and on our walks
  • Any additional services you request from the hotel – ie newspapers, bar food
We meet as strangers and depart as friends

Hotel and Meals

We stay two nights at Stratton House Hotel, Cirencester. Accommodation is single en suite rooms – no sharing and no single supplement.  The hotel has a welcoming bar, and lounge.  You can see the hotel accommodation by visiting http://www.strattonhousehotel.com/

There will be a supplement if you request a double room for sole occupancy – contact us for further details. All other rooms are twins for sole occupancy/or single rooms and do not have a single supplement.

Dinner is at the hotel and is three courses. We have lunch at one of the Cotswolds lovely country pubs, or take a packed lunch.  Walking starts at 9.30 am, and we generally finish for that welcome cuppa at 4.30 pm.  This will give you plenty of time to get ready for dinner.

 Lunch

Is taken at one of the lovely country pubs in the area.

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for singles and solo travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels. 
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

Directions

By train – Kemble is the nearest station, some 6 miles away. Taxis are readily available. This is your cost. See www.nationalrail.co.uk

By car –  the post code for your Sat Navs is GL7 2LE . A good way of checking a route is using the AA route finder. www.theaa.com/route-planner

Station pick up or arrangements. We recommend Kemble – we will arrange a taxi pick up for you and return if you let us know. This is at your cost.

Full detailed journey instruction will be sent with your Joining Details prior to the holiday.

Itinerary

Two and half days walking in the lovely countryside of the Cotswolds around Cirencester and Bourton in the Water, staying at the The Stratton House Hotel in Cirencester. The hotel is close to the centre of “The Capital of the Cotswolds”. It has superb grounds, and superb food, with lovely rooms.

Walking is moderate – few major climbs, and we cover 9/10 miles a day.

Our first walk is on Friday afternoon starting at 2.30pm, a two hour “get to know you “walk, with a cuppa at the end.  If you cannot make that walk, then we meet on Friday evenings, at 7.00 pm, for a three course dinner and a discussion on what we are doing during the weekend.  Each weekend’s walking has a different theme, to fit into the time of year, or events going on in the area. Dress code is smart casual.

Walking starts on  Friday  afternoon at  2.30pm from hotel reception. We then walk full days on Saturday and Sunday. Walking finishes on Sunday afternoon at 4.00pm.

We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.

If you have booked an additional nights accommodation, note there is no walk on the Monday.

Grades and Difficulty

We walk between 9 and 10 miles per day. We walk at a steady pace, we don’t rush. We want you to enjoy our lovely scenery – these hills and valleys are a walkers paradise with good paths and an ever changing landscape.

There are hills to ascend – we go up to a maximum of 200 metres over two miles of walking, but the climbing is gradual and we won’t rush. What’s the point of huffing and puffing, being exhausted then not being able to enjoy this fabulous land. Descending is not precarious, and is gentle in relationship to many walking areas.

The Cotswolds rolling countryside will enchant you – it is a land of ever changing vista’s. On any walk we get four or five different landscapes to enjoy. Walking boots or shoes are obligatory, and many walkers find a walking pole useful, especially on the downhills. You will also need wet weather gear although generally we have a mild climate, lovely springs and mild autumns, and winter walking too is outstanding in theses secret hills.  A full equipment list will be sent with the Joining Details.

Sample Walks

Walks will include some of the following:

The Churn Valley circular

Bourton in the Water, The Slaughters, Naunton and the Windrush Valley

Painswick and it’s valley Haresfield Beacon, and Toposcope

A circular round Cirencester Great park

Meet New Friends

Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding.

It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

How to Book

To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.

Reserve online  – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please  contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: info@secrethillswalking.co.uk) and we will assist you to complete your booking.

Payment

Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…

  • Paypal – if you have a Paypal account, simply click on the link to the Paypal website.
  • Credit / Debit card – we use Paypal to host our credit/debit cards facility because it is a very secure system. So if you want to pay with a card, simply click on this option which will take you to our page on the PayPal website. Check in there as a “Guest” to enable your card payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account for this transaction.
  • We will also accept a Bank Transfer – you will find our account details on the booking form.
  • Finally, we will also accept a cheque payable to Secret Hills Walking Holidays and sent to: Secret Hills Walking Holidays, 35 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.

Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

Location

The Cotswolds area is one of England’s favourite destinations; famous for hundreds of honey-colour limestone villages in a beautiful rural setting. In summer time, the Cotswolds offers fantastic walking and cycling, beautiful gardens, bustling farmers’ markets and a delightful cafe culture. 

The Cotswolds is great walking country with over 5000km of footpaths and rights of way. For serious walkers, the Cotswold Way and Thames Path are on offer. For recreational walkers, most towns and villages have a choice of shorter circular routes. 

The Cotswolds are situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with thousands of miles of footpaths and bridleways, a walker’s paradise. Walk through rolling countryside dotted with picturesque villages full of history and follow winding river valleys with some great views.

Cirencester

Cirencester, known as the “Capital Of The Cotswolds”, is an historic Roman town in the heart of the Cotswolds with attractions from a Roman Amphitheatre to the nearby Chedworth Roman Villa. The Corinium Museum in an important source of information on the local history.

Come and experience life in a real country market town full of Roman and medieval history which also boasts an amazing selection of independent shops and restaurants. Cirencester is in a great location to tour the Cotswolds making the perfect base from which to discover this iconic English landscape and its historic buildings. It is full of tastefully restored courtyards, alleyways and lovely old streets and many places to visit and sites to enjoy, including the magnificent Church of St John Baptist, the Abbey Grounds, St. Michael’s Park, Cirencester Park (owned by The Earl Bathurst)

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Reviews

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Julie Dolling

Solo Traveller

The hotel, staff and food were lovely. Very nice walks despite the weather. The organisation of the
holiday was fine. I would book another holiday with
Secret Hills.

February 28, 2022

P. Carr

Solo Traveller

Did you enjoy the guided walking experience? Very much. I particularly liked the way that maximum use was made of the time available for walking. A 4 night holiday usually gives you 3 walks, but this holiday provided four and a half walks… everything ran perfectly and was clearly explained.

October 15, 2021

Michael Lilley

Solo Traveller

Hi Craig, Many thanks for everything! It was a great few days, walking, talking, eating, drinking and laughing…thanks again for everything, it is really appreciated. Kind regards,Miked was clearly explained.

October 15, 2021

Susan Unwin

Solo Traveller

Hi Craig, I would like to say a real thanks for the few days in the Cotswolds….soggy didn’t spoil the enjoyment. As it was a first time joining a group of walkers, I had a little trepidation….but I needn’t have worried. You made the walking very enjoyable and the company was excellent. Again thank you….I shall in future be booking another “Secret Hills”… Regards Sue

Dear Alan..In reply to your feedback form. The reservation process was really easy…Rating of the Hotel…easy …it was excellent, my room was one of the best hotel rooms I’ve stayed in, and the food was very very good. And plentiful, in fact it was a bit of a joke within the group, that we seemed to eating all the time.

The guided walking experience was the best part really, Craig was an excellent leader, who took us out at a good pace, but not too fast. His knowledge of the area (and lots of other things) was second to none. Couldn’t fault the organisation of my walking holiday at all…arriving at wonderful country pubs for lunch, chatting about the next days walk over pre-dinner drinks, dinner itself. All very good. I would book another Secret Hills walking holiday…thank you for a lovely holiday. The group I was with were a wonderful friendly, chatty group, we all got on. And Craig the leader was really experienced and friendly. Thank you again. Sue

October 15, 2021

Jan Whittaker

Solo Traveller

Very enjoyable experience.  Guides were excellent. Extremely efficient.

August 30, 2021
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