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Going Car-Free in the Cotswolds


Fancy giving the driver a rest and enjoying a car-free break in the Cotswolds? Touring the picturesque Cotswold villages and taking in the region’s plethora of riverside pub gardens and perhaps enjoy a day trip to the Cotswold Distillery, which can be easily enjoyed using the region’s network of public transport.

The Romantic Road

This is just about the prettiest road in the Cotswolds and has been featured in The Telegraph as one of the Great British Drives. The route takes you through the idyllic Cotswold stone villages of The Slaughters, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Blockley, Broadway, Snowshill, Stanton and Winchcombe, returning to Cheltenham. There are many private taxi hire companies in the Cotswolds offering this romantic tour, as well as many that can create a bespoke tour just for your party. Try Cotswold Adventures who offer a tour for up to 7 guests in a luxury MPV or how about travelling in style with a classic car hire or treat your friends and family to a chauffeur-driven luxury taxi. Try the London-based The Executive Car Service Cotswold Tour who offers a Cotswold Tour and choose from a range of luxury cars, including a Tesla, Bentley Mulsanne, Rolls Royce or Range Rover.

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Off the Beaton Track

Moreton-in-Marsh was once one of the chief coaching towns in the North Cotswoldsorth Cotswolds and today is still a traveller’s hub due to its easy transport network. Indeed, Moreton-in-Marsh is serviced by the main line railway from London Paddington, making it a great weekend getaway destination. From here, many visitors are keen to escape into the sleepy villages that are scattered around the north Cotswolds. Popular villages such as Bourton-on-Water, Chipping Campden and Broadway are approximately 10 miles or less away and a private taxi hire is the most relaxing way to visit them.

Several taxi firms run from Moreton-in-Marsh train station including the local Stow-on-the-Wold firm T A TAXIS (07565 521833) which covers transfers from Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh train stations, and offers bespoke Cotswold tours, as well as airport transfers. Andy’s Taxis (07399 722777) is another local Moreton-in-Marsh taxi provider, offering local and short-distance services and many of Andy’s clients enjoy the his local knowledge. Whether it is a pick-up from the Lavender Fields at Snowshill or a wedding shuttle, Andy is efficient and friendly. When planning a visit to Cotswold Distillery we’d recommend pre-booking a taxi with one of the following firms; Shipston Taxis 01608 661 592, Castle Cars Banbury 01295 270 011 or Excelsior 01608 643 721.

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Self-Guided Cycle Tour

Bainton Bikes, based in Moreton-in-Marsh, offer a first-class 24/7 self-service cycle hire, simply book and pay from your phone and unlock your bike via their mobile app. Cycle hire lets you really escape off the beaten track to some of the Cotswold’s true hidden gems. There are lots of traffic-free cycling routes in the Cotswolds where you can take in the quaint market towns and rolling countryside, enjoying a pub lunch as you go. Click here to see some of our favourite cycling routes in the Cotswolds

Bainton Bikes are available to hire in the following locations: Cheltenham, CirencesterCotswold Water Park,  Tewkesbury, Stroud, Eynsham Hall, Kingham (railway station), Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Oxford, Charlbury, Tetbury and Whichford.

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Local Chaperone

Some of the more popular villages have become coach-free to preserve the quintessential village atmosphere, like Bourton-on-Water and if you can go car-free it does make for a more relaxing break as well as maintaining the peace and quiet of the Cotswold’s famous historical villages. With Bourton-on-the-Water’s Tour Gems pick from a variety of day tours for 2-7 people with Genny, who works independently and on her own to provide a personal service. Genny will tailor her pre-planned tours around your interest, photography or gardens for example. Whilst Genny is passionate about preserving her home country for future generations, she is happy to break the silence for a good natter about all things local, of which she knows a thing or two.

We’d love to help you with any further travel advice that you may need for getting the very best from your car-free Cotswold break.

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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

If you’re planning a trip to Cheltenham Races, look up the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. It is a steam heritage line whisking ladies in fancy hats from Gotherington, Winchcombe, Hayles Abbey Halt, Toddington and Laverton to a day of flutters and fizz. A ride on the circular route between the racecourse and Broadway is a wonderfully relaxing way to take in the scenic Cotswold countryside without having to take the car. For groups, a wonderfully English fish and chip lunch can be pre-ordered and enjoyed with a few glasses of the local ‘Rail Ale’, from Donnington Brewery. Alternatively, the 1950s style buffet carriage can serve up an afternoon tea of tempting baked treats and toasted tea cakes.

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