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Hidden Gems In The Cotswolds

    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 begin to give way to a honey-colored 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, the source of the mighty Thames.

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    Cotswolds’ Landscape (Photo Credit: WhiteGoldWielder cc)

    Villages and Towns

    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. Don’t forget to visit the UNESCO world heritage site and beautiful town of Bath on your tour in the Cotswolds and take a dip in a thermal spa!

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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 woolen industry, bringing great mills to the Stroud Valley and poverty to the old weaving villages. Today only a 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

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