Sports, sporting events & Leisure

For walkers/hikers : A high proportion of our visitors come for the great variety of walks we have in the area (or if you are North American, you call these hikes!).  This is a very good summary of what the area and the wider Cotswolds has to offer for the walking public.  I have a big folder of laminated walking instructions.

For cyclists: We have plenty of space for storage of bikes and a good tumble drier for your clothes.  Outer gear, if really wet can be hung in our own warm boiler room  in the winter. There are explorer ordnance survey maps available to borrow as well as cycling trail literature. There are many routes in the area, hilly or flat and you will find guides to these in the cottage.  For cycling further afield, you might want to take a look at the cycling books listed under the Cotswold's related books tab at the bottom of the page.  For cycle hire in the area, see below.

Horse racing:

Racing at Stratford Racecourse click for fixtures

Cheltenham Racecourse

Riding Schools

Riding Schools nearby at Stanton - Jill Carenza Equestrian Ltd, Washpool Equestrian Centre, Stanton, Near Broadway

Near Moreton in Marsh is the Cotswold Riding (hacking or lessons)  (Tried and tested by my granddaughter and we love it!)

Radway Riding School (hacking or lessons) 12 miles

Oaklands stables Upper Tysoe 10 miles

Turpins Farm Riding School Hook Norton


Golf Courses at Brailes, Welford on Avon and Stratford.

Stratford Mini Golf Not to be confused with crazy golf, this is test of skill for all levels. This is open daily from April to October and if the weather is nice enough, at weekends in the winter.

Swimming and spas

There is gym and public pool at Shipston on Stour, 4 miles away. Click through for current timetable

At Charingworth Manor Hotel, 3 miles away, non-residents are very welcome to make use of the  heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym, and tennis court.   7.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m every day for a fee. You can spend the whole day and have lunch there as well.  You might need to book for meals but you can just turn up at Reception and book in to use the sports facilities.

At the Cotswold House Spa , I am reliably informed by some of our guests that you will enjoy a day of pampering and relaxing.


Fishing available locally.   Shipston Angling Club at Aston Magna Lakes- this has annual membership but I would guess that they may have some special arrangement for visitors.


Cycle hire from several outlets Ty Cycles in Chipping Norton deliver free up to 15 miles and I think we just qualify at 14.9!  Bainton Bikes. There are bikes for hire from Moreton Station. 


At Batsford near Moreton in Marsh archery lessons


Also at Batsford - you can enjoy flying displays or book an individual session where you actually get to fly a bird of prey yourself Go Karting/other adventure sports

Go Karting/shooting, archery, paint balling etc

Near Warwick there is Go Karting  Nearby, there is clay pigeon shooting, archery, paint balling and much more 


The Cotswold House Hotel and Spa