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Walk your way into the New Year in the Cotswolds

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December 30, 2022
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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)

Make an Enquiry

Do not hesitate to contact us. We are an expert team and we are always happy to talk to you.

info@secrethillswalking.co.uk

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.

  • Four days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Three nights
  • Location: Cotswolds

The rolling Cotswolds hills and magnificent honey stone villages epitomise Cotswolds Beauty. Join our small group friendly guided walking solos holiday in 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 company offers guided walking holidays designed uniquely for solos and singles. We also provide bespoke guided walking for specific groups.

What you get on a Secret Hills Break
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite two nights/ three nights if the holiday falls on a Bank Holiday – Spring Bank or August Bank Holiday
  • Dinner- three course.
  • Lunch- except first day
  • Sole Occupancy
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding- friendly, local guides that know the area superbly well
  • Transport to walks start and finish as needed
  • Flexibility
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support from the point of booking to you joining the holiday

Hotel and Meals

We celebrate the New Year at the Stratton House Hotel – Cirencester.

With 39 en-suite bedrooms in this country hotel in Cirencester, Stratton House Hotel is full of country house charm and ideal for your short break to the Cotswolds.  Just 20 minutes from the M5 and M4 motorways, and on the outskirts of the beautiful Cotswolds, Stratton House Hotel is just perfect. And after a hard days walking, you can relax in the hotel lounge or bar,  before a delicious dinner in the Masters Restaurant.

Dinner is at the hotel and is three courses – except New Year’s Eve when there is a Gala dinner with four courses. 

 Lunch  is taken at one of the lovely country pubs.

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.

Flexibility

We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights,  Just reserve what nights you need.

 

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 single and solos 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

Getting to Cirencester

By train – Kemble is the nearest station, some 6 miles away. Taxis readily available. This is your cost. See www.nationalrail.co.uk. However, wherever possible, our walk leader will collect and return you to Kemble Station. Please advise the office of your train times in advance if you wish to be collected.

By car –  the post code for your Sat Nav is GL7 2LE. 

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

Itinerary

This break starts at 2.00pm on  30 December  – three nights and three and a half days walking.

Rooms may not be ready at 2pm so please come ready prepared to walk. 

On the last day – we finish at approx 1pm.

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.

Grades and Difficulty

We walk 8-10 miles each day. The paths are well marked and are well maintained. We walk at a moderate pace, we don’t rush because we want to ensure that you take in the lovely countryside views. There are some short ascents and descents but nothing strenuous.

Sample Walks

The New Year's Activities

New Year’s programme

30th December Arrive in time for a 2pm afternoon walk followed by tea, scones and cake.

We dine together in the hotel’s restaurant.

New Years Eve – December 31st –   we take transport to one of three lovely spots in the Cotswolds and complete a super walk with lunch at a lovely country inn – 6 – 9 miles walk

New Years Evening   (dress to impress)

  • – Gala Dinner
  • – Entertainment
  • – Dancing
  • – Welcome in the New Year 

New Year’s Day– 1st January – a later start –  10.00am, we walk from the hotel into the surrounding countryside and a 6/7 mile walk in the Churn Valley.

Evening – dinner in the hotels restaurant and possibly  a New Year’s quiz.

January 2nd – exit your rooms, walks optional (4 – 6.5 mile walks)  finishing at the hotel at 1.00pm – we say our good byes.

Location

The Cotswolds area is one of England’s finest destinations; famous for its 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. On our New Year programme, we pick walks that allow us to get the best of winter walking and take in the best of the countryside – stunning villages and superb country pubs for lunch.

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 and is a walker’s paradise. There is the rolling countryside with superb views, full of history and beautiful river valleys.

Cirencester

Near to our hotel is Cirencester, known as the “Capital Of The Cotswolds.” It is an historic Roman town in the heart of the Cotswolds with attractions from a Roman Ampitheatre to the nearby Chedworth Roman Villa. The Corinium Museum in an important source of information on the local history. Cirencester 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 and St. Michael’s Park. Nearby is Cirencester Park, a 15,000 acre estate owned by the Earl of Bathurst who has granted walkers and horse riders free right to roam anywhere on the estate.

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 it the perfect base from which to discover this iconic English landscape and its historic buildings,.

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Reviews

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Debbie Laws

Solo Traveller

Thank you and the team for all your hard work. The NY break is a great combination of socialising and walking…always comes up to expectations. Hotel, good food, accommodation and helpful staff.

January 14, 2022

Debbie Laws

Solo Traveller

 Thank you and the team for all your hard work. The NY break is a great combination of socialising and walking…always comes up to expectations. Hotel, good food, accommodation and helpful staff.

January 5, 2022

Amy Marrtin

Solo Traveller

 Hotel was nice and clean, with friendly staff.
Enjoyable experience. Holiday very well organised. Overall, nicely timed walk with well timed food breaks.

January 5, 2022

Carol kenny

Solo Traveller

  Another very enjoyable holiday. The leaders Keith, Catherine and Alan were very knowledgeable and catered for everybody’s capability. The walks were varied and showed the different aspects of the Cotswolds.The holiday was organised very well and very enjoyable the hotel was very good, however the Gala Dinner on New Years Eve was a little disappointing. Yes, I will book another holiday and recommend it to others.

January 6, 2020