We were excited to learn that we would have the opportunity to enter the Cotswold Way Hall of Fame if we managed to complete the National Trail. We downloaded and printed out our completion cards from the website, and got them stamped at various points along the way. We collected our stamps from tourist information centres and post offices.
As well as being entered on the website, you also receive an embroidered patch, or brass and enamel pin badge which says “I’ve walked the Cotswold Way”. We opted for the pin badges (They cost £15 for 2).
I joke that it was the thought of the pin badge that kept me going, but it is partly true. I love badges and really wanted one.
Walking the Cotswold Way was a wonderful experience, made truly unforgettable by the genuine kindness and warmth of the people we met along the trail. At times it was hard going, and we did almost give up, but it was all worth it in the end. Not just for the badge, but for the memories.