Over 80% of the Cotswolds is farmland and with the seasons the Cotswolds change colour. The first major impact in April is the Oil Seed Rape with its bright yellow flower. The Countryside changes colour alongside this from all shades of green in the spring to yellows at Harvest time, and back to ploughed and newly replanted fields in the autumn. The seasonal colour changes are complemented by the golden yellow of the Cotswold Stone, and by the sheep aand cattle grazing in the fields. The Cotswolds are always an interesting and fascinating place to visit throughout the year from the December and January winter months, through spring and summer months april to August, to the balmy autumn months of October and November.
Owlpen Manor,deliciously hidden away, is a very picturesque Tudor Manor house (1450-1616) that stands in magnificent gardens.
From there continue to Coaley Peak with far reaching views across the vale and down the escarpment to the River Severn and on into Wales. Nearby is Nympsfield Long Barrow with its chambered tomb that dated back to Neolithic times.
Painswick, the other side of Stroud, is perched regally on the steep slopes of the Painswick Valley. The Queen of the Cotswolds, Painswick’s prosperity reached its peak in the 17th.C when the stream was harnessed to work mills producing cloth. Closeby Roccoco Gardens the last survivor of 18th.C design can be found.