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Best cotswold Tours

BREATHTAKING COTSWOLD LANDSCAPES

Around 80% of the Cotswolds is farmland. The area stretches from Bath in the south to Stratford upon Avon in the North. They are approximately 120 miles in length and 50 miles wide. There is a pronounced escarpment which runs up most of the western edge. Cotswold stone is made up of layer upon layer of sand and shell fragments bound together. It was formed during the Jurassic period about 200 million years ago. The Cotswolds were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 and cover about 790 square miles.

Coaley Point

With breathtaking views of the Severn Valley, Coaley Peak provides fantastic views across the Severn Valley and onto Wales. Below lies the unimproved limestone grassland belonging to the National Trust. Coaley Peak was for many years a seasonal home to New Age travellers who were evicted around 2002 to make way for more grassland. This 12-acre site is ideal for picnics, kite flying and even hang-gliding. Closeby Woodchester Mansion is a fascinating place to visit.

  

 

Broadway Tour

Broadway Tower, a folly at the top of Fish Hill above Broadway is the second highest poit in the Cotswolds. At just over 1000ft above sea level, and 65 ft high 13 counties can be seen on a clear day. The “Saxon” style Tower was the brainchild of Capability Brown and was designed and built fo Lady Coventry in 1794. Near the tower is am memorial to the crew of a Whitley bomber that crashed during a training mission. In the late 1950’s a nuclear fallout shelter was built 50 yards from the tower. This was manned continuously from 1961 until it was decommissioned in 1991. Tours are available during certain weeknds during the summer months.

The Drain Pipe

With far reaching views across the Windrush Valley, a panoramic view of  Stow on the Wold in the north, The Slaughters and beyond in the south to Clapton on the Hill in the west. This 180-degree breathtaking view must not be missed. The 1:7 steep climb upto Wyck Beacon from the small village of Wyck Rissington is known locally as the Drain Pipe, the width of which is for only one car. Nestling in the bottom of the valley is the tranquil village of Bourton on the Water.

  

 


Dovers Hill, Chipping Campden

Dovers Hill, on the edge of Chipping Campden, and owned by the National Trust is a very famous landmark in the area. At thye top are incredible views over the Vale of Evesham from which the is the start of the Cotswold Way a footpath that leads all the way to Bath. In 1612 the first Cotswold Olimpicks were held - a festival of sport and pageantry. While competitive shin-kicking and jumping on bags might not be quite the same as the modern day Olympics, the games attracted upto 30,000 people in their heyday. Today this is still an annual event.

Winchcombe and Spoonley Wood

The King of Mercia, King Kenulf had his palace at Winchcombe in Saxon times. The town is steeped in history, and today is a very popular walking destination. Winchcombe is the intersection of the Cotswold Way, the Gloucestershire Way, the Wardens Way, the Wychavon Way and the Saint Kenelms Way. Beyond you can explore the Neolithic burial sire known as Belas Knapp. Situated in Spoonley Wood an original Roman Mosaic can be found under some sacking, a copy of which can be seen in Sudeley Castle. 


Stanton and Stanway

Stanton is a village "frozen in time". Sir Philip Stott purchased much of the village before the Great War and moved into Stanton Court. He ensured by covenants that unsightly features of the 20thC could never disfigure the village. At the far end of the village is Shenberrow Hill well known for its Iron Age earthworks and magnificent views. Nearby in the village of Stanway, can be found the Jacobean Mansion of Stanway House. J.M Barrie fell in love with the house and donated the cricket pavilion where he entertained such well-known people as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and HG Wells.

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BEST COTSWOLD DAY TOUR - THINGS TO DO

I will collect you from your Hotel, B&B, train station within the Cotswold Area at a time to suit you. I will transport you in the luxury of my Mercedes to visit beautiful Cotswold Villages, Panoramic views, Magnificent Gardens, Manor Houses, Castles or wherever you might want to visit. After a coffee or comfort break mid-morning I will take you to have lunch in one of the many wonderful Cotswold pubs, cafe's, or Farm Shops where you will have a delicious lunch of locally grown produce. The afternoon I might take you to one of the many gardens, or one of the numerous historic houses of your choice. The day is designed exclusively for you and your family and will be at your pace. I will return you to your hotel, B&B or train station late afternoon/early evening. A typical day might last from 9.00am to approximately 6.00 pm. My aim is for you to have a memorable relaxing day in the Cotswolds to "Explore the Cotswolds"

COTSWOLDS TOURS FROM LONDON

By train, The Cotswolds are well served with quick and efficient services from  London, Paddington and Marylebone.  There are mainline railway stations at Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester and the South), Moreton-in-Marsh, Charlbury, Kingham and Oxford.