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9 Fabulous Walks in the Cotswolds

Walk one of the many trails to explore the honey-coloured villages and towns, the rolling green hills and pastures full of wildflowers sheep and wildlife of the quintessential English Landscape. Footpaths criss-cross the Cotswolds making it possible to walk many miles to and from other areas in the country.  The Cotswold Way stretching from Bath to Chipping Campden is a 14-day walk. Explore part of the Shakespearean way in a five-mile section from The Rollroght Stones to Chipping Norton. The Wychavon way near Snowshill was created to celebrate the Queen's jubilee in 1977. The  40 mile Blossom Trail follows the river Avon in the Vale of Evesham. Perhaps you might like to follow the figure eight circular route of the  Winchcombe Way to explore the hills around Sudeley Castle and the Roman Mosaic in Spoonly Wood. Cleeve Hill and Common is the highest common in the Cotswolds has breathtaking views towards the Malvern Hills and beyond. The Diamond Way is 65 miles long and stretches from Northleach through Guiting Power and to Chipping Campden. The Windrush Way is a challenging 14-mile circular walk linking The Cotswold Way at Winchcombe with the Oxfordshire Way at Bourton on the Water. The Leckhampton Loop is an archetypal Cotswold walk. This circular walk takes you through grassland, ancient woodland and finishes with an Iron Age Fort and Victorian Quarry.

Bibury : The Most photographed Village in the Cotswolds

The Cotswold Village of Bibury has been rated one of the most "Instagrammable" Villages in the UK. It is well known for its 17th. Century Weavers Cottages, the River Coln, the Old Mill, and Trout Farm. Arlington row was converted from a wool store to house workers in the wool degreasing (fulling) Mill built at that time. Emperor Hirohito visited the village in 1921. William Morris described Bibury in the 1870's as the "the most beautiful village in England". I agree with William Morris, and I am sure you will too when you visit.

Burford - The Gateway to the Cotswolds

Burford is commonly known  as "the Gateway to the Cotswolds."  Its name id derived from Burgh meaning fortified and ford a crossing of the river. Initially, the town prospered from the wool trade but over the centuries other industries such as weaving, leather tanning, saddle making stonemasonry, brewing and timber production from the local Wychwood forest. King Charles 11 with his mistress Nell Gwynn attended the races at nearby Aldsworth which opened in 1621. These races were second in importance to Newmarket the centre of horse racing and now have become the origin of the now famous Cheltenham races. King Charles and Nell Gwynn named their illegitimate son, Earl of Burford,  after the town. The town later became an important coaching town during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and still contains many fine hotels and inns.

Commute from here: Moreton-in-Marsh

Moreton in Marsh is a thriving Cotswold Market Town 90 minutes by train from London and Birmingham. The number of Londoners registering with the local estate agents has increased by 75% six weeks after lockdown. Moreton in Marsh has a range of independent shops, a popular optician, a toy shop, excellent food shops, two doctors surgeries, and a recently opened hospital. Working from home being normal Moreton in Marsh has become popular because of the short commute to London or Birmingham without paying the higher prices of the more traditional North Cotswold villages.

Day Trip from London

The Cotswolds, running through 5 counties of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire is located just over a One-hour train ride from London. An incredibly picturesque and charming part of England, you will immediately feel transported back in time.  The best way to see the awe-inspiring gorgeous rolling hills is to take a highly recommended tour with Best Cotswold Tours. You will not be disappointed! The Cotswolds derive the name from the old English term "Wold" meaning rolling hills, and Cotswolds refers to "sheep enclosures in rolling hills. You are likely to see lively markets, local pubs, castles, and country houses and of course sheep grazing in their natural environment. 

 

Escape to the Cotswolds for the best round of Golf

Are you looking for a top-quality golf course coupled with a staycation at The Manor Hotel in Castle Combe.  A charming South Cotswold village Castle Combe is the crossing point of the River Bybrook and is well placed to take a tour of Bath, Stonehenge, or the North Cotswolds with Best Cotswold Tours.  Tea at the Old Rectory Tearooms must not be missed either.

 

 

 

 

Five Epic Outdoor Getaways from London

 Stour Valley, The Norfolk Broads, The New Forest, The Peak District are all epic getaways from London, however the most popular and the most accessible is the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are an area of 800 square miles, of rolling hills and farmland with honey-coloured stone cottages and villages and many thatched cottages. This region was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966 and spans the counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. The Cotswolds are a perfect place to spend a weekend exploring the 3000 miles of bridleways, woodlands and villages by going hiking, biking or horse riding. The Cotswolds is also famous for its food-producing cheeses, meats, spirits and beers available to purchase at farmers markets or farm shops, or for sampling in local pubs, restaurants or cafes. Are you tempted to stay? Then why not choose one of the many luxury hotels or pubs, charming bed and breakfast, or even pitch your tent at one of the many Cotswold Campsites.

Getting there: Trains from London Paddington and London Marylebone to the Cotswolds take around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Honey Pot Cottages in The Cotswolds

Welcome to the Cotswolds village, which boasts more than its fair share of charming stone cottages.

Today I’m daydreaming about taking a Cameron Diaz-style holiday in a small, 400-year-old house known as Honey Pot Cottage.

It’s a holiday rental, and the listing describes it as “Not too big, not too small, The Honey Pot is a fairytale cottage that lives by every rule of the Goldilocks principle – simply perfect in every way. Bring your walking boots and a camera!”

Take a look!

The Cotswold Village of Guiting Power

Guiting Power is a delightful Cotswold Village situated at the upper reaches of the Windrush Valley. Adjacent to the village Green there is a Post Office, a cafe and village hall, with a pub at either end of the village. The name is derived from the Saxon Word "Getinge" meaning rushing, which refers to the nearby rushing Windrush (and not the pace of life in the village!). Dating back to Edward the Confessor the Lords of the Manor were called "lePohers", thus giving the village the name of Guiting Power.  Over half of the property in the village is owned by the "Cochrane" family with the houses being tenanted. There are many footpaths in the parish making the area very popular with walkers and ramblers.

 

The most beautiful Village in England

Arlington Row, situated in the Cotswold village of Bibury, was converted from a 14thC. Wool store,  into a row of 17thC weavers cottages for workers who worked at the "new" degreasing mill. The Cottages, now in an Architectural Conservation Area, are owned by the National Trust. The Cottages rented out today, have been used as a backdrop in many films such as Stardust and Bridget Jones Diary. The fast flowing river Coln, where Trout can be seen, runs through the middle of the village adding to the picturesque Cotswold village scene.  William Morris described the Bibury as "the most beautiful village" in England in 1870.