"The Honey-Coloured Stones of the Cotswolds" Top 5 Page for this destination Gloucestershire by Bwana_Brown

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One of the most enjoyable things about touring England is the many different forms of fantastic architecture that you come across in your travels. Each village, town or even an entire area seems to have its own peculiar characteristics! Some have thatched roofs, some are made of brick or Tudor style and others are of a uniform shade of construction. Gloucestershire is famous for its golden Cotswold stone construction, giving each settlement a uniform appearance despite the many different styles of buildings using the stones. This was an area that I had particularly wanted to explore but, as per the weather forecast the previous day, the cold weather (including snow) was closing in on us after our morning of sunshine in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire! After leaving Shakespeare's birthplace, we ended up in the beautiful little town of Chipping Campden at about 1 PM, and it was time to start looking for a pub! This scene shows the main road through the downtown area and gives you some idea of the colour of the stones used for many of the buildings in this part of England. Another thing that I love about England is the originality of their place names. It was mid-afternoon by the time we left Chipping Campden and headed south along the Cotswolds. We passed through many picturesque villages such as Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water as we made headway to our next destination in the Bath area of Wiltshire (or check my Surrey page for the start of our trip).

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  • Pros:One of the most scenic areas that we passed through
  • Last visit to Gloucestershire: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 8, 2004
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 5:02 PM

    Great tip on Ploughman's Lunch. Haha, I have to see these old and indeed, beautiful market halls.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2006 at 9:17 PM

    I have never tasted Ploughman's lunch. I feel I should, on the next occasion.

  • zuriga's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2005 at 9:07 AM

    We stayed outside Chipping Camden last year.. in Paxford. If you ever get back, try the Churchill Arms.. fantastic food!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2005 at 1:51 PM

    Wonderfully detailed tips with pics to match. (Nice to see you're partial to a drop of the good Aussie wine!)

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2004 at 1:32 PM

    I enjoy your England pages so much! You really know how to capture the 'feel' of England with your writing and you bring back so many memories to me. Thanks :-)

  • marcoparco's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2004 at 4:15 PM

    your pic makes me want to try driving on the wrong side of the road!!!!! Don't ask yourself questions if you see someone doing exactly that downtown tomorrow!!hehehehe

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2004 at 9:02 AM

    Your opening photo is quite beautiful!! Either I ate cheap food or the prices have increased alot for "Pub Grub" hahaha I remember it being much cheaper 20 years ago!!! hahahahahahah

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2004 at 5:11 PM

    Always open for a good pub tip, Glenn, thanks... I will file this for future reference should I find myself wandering thu Gloucestershire...

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