Hidden Gems In The Cotswolds

Grey World Nomads spent half a year in the UK on their travels around the world. Here you will find all information you need for your visit in the Cotswolds, England.

The Cotswolds exemplifies a vision of rural England. Pretty yellow-stone villages, huddled in tranquil wooded valleys and surrounded by evergreen farmland.

Cotswolds Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) protects this region of 2038sq km  which is the largest area designated in this way in England. The Cotswolds reaches in the East deep into Oxfordshire, to the north into both Warwickshire and Worcestershire, in the south, Wiltshire and northeast into Somerset. However, the major part of the Cotswolds falls in Gloucestershire.

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Landscape

Approaching the Cotswolds from the northeast, the scenery begins to change. The half-timber and thatch begins to give way to a honey-coloured stone which defines the borders of the region. This is the Oolite-Limestone that tilts down from west to east.

In the east the gradually rising profile leads to open, arable farming country, accentuated by dark stands of trees and rivers flanked by water-meadows, source of the mighty Thames.

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Cotswolds’ Landscape (Photo Credit: WhiteGoldWielder cc)

Villages

In Snowshill, Bibury, Castle Combe and Stanton you find idyllic stone-built villages, while Chipping Campden might be the epicenter of quaintness. The townscapes are imposing too, as you’ll find at Bradford-on-Avon, Corsham and Burford.

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Cotswolds’ quaint villages (Photo Credit: Heather cc)

Scenery

At its most western edge, the Cotswold escarpment holds for wide views. From Dover’s Hill down to Uley Bury, you’ll see faraway Wales, the Forest of Dean and the Malvern Hills, as well as some fine panoramas of the Cotswolds themselves rising up from the Severn Plain and Vale of Evesham. The Cotswold Way National Trail follows this edge for much of its 163 km route.

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Broadway Cotswolds (Photo Credit: JR P (cc))

History

Laurie Lee, author of the childhood memories in Cider with Rosie grew up in the Cotswolds.

Much of the Cotswolds’ history is tied to the fortunes of wool. At one time this was the wool capital of Europe. The Industrial Revolution transformed the local woollen industry, bringing great mills to the Stroud Valley and poverty to the old weaving villages. Today only few sheep are left and agricultural changes over the last century brought the local ‘Cotswold Lion‘ breed almost to extinction.

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Cotswold lions at Stroud Country Fair (Photo Credit: Ricardo (cc))

 

Useful Traveler Information

Tourist Information Cotswolds

VisitCotswolds Tourist Guide

The Cotswolds Tour Guide

Official Website Of The Cotswolds

Public Transport In The Cotswolds

Downloadable Walks In The Cotswolds

Walking Guide ‘50 Walks in THE COTSWOLDS‘, AA Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7495-7399-7

Market Days In The Cotswolds

Best Pubs In The CotswoldsBest Pubs In The Cotswolds

 

Featured Image: Typical Cotswolds Houses (Photo Credit: _Arktoi (cc))

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Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I’m searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I’m travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

36 thoughts on “Hidden Gems In The Cotswolds”

  1. Nice post! sounds like you covered many of the villages and towns as we did! I wish I’d read this before we went, your panorama suggestions are really good!

  2. I kid you not: I’ve seen at least one post about the Cotswolds every week for the past two months. And they all look fantastic! I’m starting to think someone is trying to tell us something. 😉 #WeekendWanderlust

  3. I’ve heard The Cotswolds are lovely! Now, that we’re living in London, we’ll have to definitely plan a roadtrip in the coming months!

    1. England is beautiful if only there was a little bit more sun. After half a year I really start to miss that yellow round in the sky (or what colour was it?)

  4. We had the pleasure of touring Northern England earlier this year and just that little taste makes us want to go back and explore more of England. The Cotswolds also look like a lovely place to visit.

    1. There are many regions in England which are stunning. I loved the Lake District and Cornwall most. But it was winter in the Cotswolds, so not quite right to compare 😉

  5. This is a region I’d love to explore in depth. The yellow stone buildings looks wonderful bathed in sunlight.

  6. I’ve only been at the south-western edge of the Cotswolds, in the area around Bath. I’d like to explore the entire Cotswolds some day. I love the quaint villages.

  7. We drove through the Cotswolds in 2014 and waited for more of your photos to feed my hunger for those memories. I fidn’t know it was the wool capital before. Well, it us certainly UK”s beauty capital now #

    1. Hi Carol! Thank you for your comment. It’s a nice place and we had a perfect house sit from where we were able to discover the surroundings. Only pity, it was early in the year and still very wet.

  8. There are some beautiful places in the Cotswolds, although it’s always best to look for the lesser known towns and villages as it can get rather crowded! You might be interested to know that the source of the River Thames is close to Cricklade and this is the start of the Thames Path National Trail that you can follow all the way to London.

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