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Where are the Cotswolds?

Where are the cotswolds

Rolling countryside, wonderful waterways, and the sweetest chocolate box villages you could imagine. A journey to the Cotswolds is nothing short of magical. And anyone who visits this little corner of natural beauty in south central England always dreams of returning once again. Young or old, the Cotswolds is an exquisite destination for all and no matter the weather (we are in Britain after all), there’s never a dull moment in this incredibly unique part of the world.

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Bibury 22-09-2013’ by Karen Roe - https://flic.kr/p/iWkhCK

What is the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a vast region covering approximately 800 square miles and containing the famous Cotswold Hills. The hills rise from the upper Thames meadows all the way above the Severn Valley. Other than the beautiful hills, the area is best known for its market towns and medieval villages as well as many nature trails and lakeside holiday homes. The rest of the region features a mostly flat terrain, making it an ideal holiday hotspot for cyclists as well as walkers. And ever since the area was named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966, it’s been one of the most appealing destinations for tourists or day visitors.

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Roe Deer, Severn Valley, Gloucestershire’ by Kumweni - https://flic.kr/p/ocqEaX

People who come to the Cotswolds enjoy everything from outdoor pursuits and water sports to history, sightseeing, stately homes and garden walks. And home to some of the oldest and best English public houses in the country, it’s the ideal place for tourists to come and soak up the British countryside culture.

Geography of the Cotswolds

Spread across six of England’s finest counties, the Cotswold region covers parts of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. The northern and western parts are defined by steep escarpments down to the Severn Valley and the Warwickshire Avon, the eastern fringe is next to the famous university city of Oxford, whilst the south of the Cotswolds is home to the historical town of Bath.

How to Get There

Located conveniently close to London, the Cotswold region makes for a great little weekend retreat or day trip for anyone staying in or visiting the capital. With a direct link from Heathrow Airport and daily trains from London Paddington Station to some of the Cotswolds’ main towns (such as Bath, Cheltenham, Stratford, Chippenham, Gloucester, Kemble, Moreton-in-Marsh and Oxford), it’s extremely easy to get around. From the north, train links are easy from Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle, whilst the M1 and M6 provide straight-forward routes for those who wish to hire a car.

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Bourton on the Hill’ by Tejvan Pettinger - https://flic.kr/p/8PJZrT

Cotswolds Highlights

From historical cities and traditional hamlets with thatched-roof cottages, there are many places in the Cotswold that spring to mind when it comes to iconic locations. Here are some of the region’s most famous attractions not to be missed:

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Bath, UK’ by erikccooper - https://flic.kr/p/zihQHC

  • Bath – a popular Roman spa town with fantastic shopping and nightlife. It’s also located close to the mystical Stonehenge monuments.
  • Chipping Campden – a stunning market town with a beautiful wool church and l17th Century marketplace.
  • Bibury – regularly named one of the most beautiful villages in the UK, Bibury is well worth a visit and is home to beautiful local stone built weavers cottages set on the edge of the River Coln.
  • Snowshill – a wonderfully secluded village best known for its National Trust manor house and its many pretty cottages.
  • Cotswold Water Park – a network of peaceful lakes stretching over 40 square miles and the perfect place for hiring lakeside cabins, enjoying water sports, sailing, nature spotting and more.

So now you know where to find the Cotswolds, how about a visit? Get in touch to find out the best things to do in the area or book a Cotswolds holiday cottage for an unforgettable UK break.

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