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Bourton Football Match in the River

The Annual five-a-side football match in the River Windrush at Bourton on the Water was held on Monday, August 31st. at 7.00 am this year. Bourton on the Water has had a large number of visitors since the easing of lockdown, so the match was organised to take place earlier than usual to maintain Government COVID guidelines.  The traditional sporting match, dating back almost 100 years, is held on the Monday of the bank holiday weekend at the end of August. This picture was taken in the 1920's.  Bourton on the Water has had as many as 10,000 visitors per day throughout August which has been a welcome boost to the local economy.  

Bourton on the Water, Football

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The Best Hotels in the Cotswolds to visit this Autumn.

Arguably one of the prettiest places in the world to visit, the Cotswolds is an idyllic spot for a weekend away. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds has a huge area of 800 square miles of unspoilt countryside to explore. The pretty villages, such as Lower Slaughter, Bourton on the Water, rolling hills and quaint country pubs are all attractive to explore. Discover some of the bigger towns such as Burford and Cirencester. There is also plenty of history to visit too: Take a visit to Sudeley Castle, Westonbirt Arboretum, or Hidcote Manor.  Avoid the quarantines and book a staycationin the Cotswolds  this autumn in one of the best 4 hotels in the area. How many Country Pubs, Walks tea -rooms can you to fit in into one trip?.

1.  Lower Slaughter Manor

2. Thyme, Southrop

3. The Fish, Broadway

4. Noel Arms, Chipping Campden

Lower Slaughter, Hotels

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Gloucestershire Steam Railway first day back a "sellout success"

The last train to leave Toddington station was on March 15th. and after five months of no service, the first train of "the new normal"  season departed promptly at 10 am and was sold out. The Old-style railway carriages of a sliding door and compartmentalised coaches allowed for family groups to travel in isolation within their family bubble of up to six people. There were so many positive comments: So good to be back and seeing steam again" "I hadn't realised how much I missed the railway". All passengers and railway volunteers are required to wear facemasks in line with government regulations, and everything is being done to ensure that the railway is safe. The 28 mile round trip from Toddington, via Cheltenham Racecourse and back through Winchcombe and return to Broadway is an ideal way of riding through the beautiful Cotswolds as seen in this 7820 Dinmore Manor as it speeds past Hailes Abbey station on its way to Winchcombe Station. 

Winchcombe , Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Toddington

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Large Blue Butterfly Flutters in Cotswolds for first time in 150 years.

After years of painstaking work, the Large Blue butterfly has successfully been re-introduced onto Rodborough Common, in the Cotswolds. About 750 butterflies have emerged this summer after 1100 larvae were released last autumn. This has followed five years off grassland management to create the optimum habitat. The grazing of the common by cows creates the ideal conditions by keeping the grass down so that sunlight can warm the soil. This is the first time that the Large Blue Butterfly has been seen in the Cotswolds for over 150 years. Rodborough Common, owned by the National Trust, offers panoramic views over Stroud and the Severn Valley. The common, grazed by local farmer's cattle through the summer,  is a perfect place to walk and is totally dog friendly. The common also provides spectacular flora and fauna thus producing a spectacular living landscape.

Large Blue Butterfly, Nature, Rodborough Common

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Why Ellie Harrison and Countryfile were at Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds

Broadway Tower, one of the Cotswold's most popular destinations, was featured on Countryfile on BBC1 on Sunday, August 9th. Broadway Tower, built in 1798, was the vision of Capability Brown and was completed with the help of local Architect James Wyatt for George William the 6th. Earl of Coventry who lived at Croome Court near Pershore. To alleviate his new bride's homesickness, Lady Coventry, a bonfire on the beacon hill at the top of the escarpment was lit so she could see her home 20 miles away in Worcestershire. The tower was built on that site to appease her.   The 65ft tall tower stands majestically at the top of Fish Hill overlooking Broadway, the Vale of Evesham, and beyond commanding stunning views over 13 counties, and on a clear day, one can see 60 miles.  In 1827 Broadway Tower was converted into a residence in which a number of notable people have stayed amongst whom were William Morris, Edward Burne Jones, and Dante Gabriel Jones the Poet. Countryfile is available on i-player for those who missed the original screening.

Broadway Tower, Countryfile

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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.

Villages, CotswoldWalks

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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.

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