"A day in the Cotswolds" Top 5 Page for this destination Gloucestershire by toonsarah
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The downside might be perceived to be the large number of tourists who come here looking for all the above, but it is surprisingly easy to find a corner away from the masses. The larger villages and towns, with their numerous tourist facilities (pubs, cafés, hotels and attractions), do draw the crowds, as do a couple of particularly famous spots such as Lower Slaughter.
Elsewhere, however, there are numerous almost as pretty villages where the only sounds are likely to be the birdsong beloved of poet Edward Thomas (see my Adlestrop tips below), and maybe a mower readying the village green for cricket.
The Cotswold Hills are a line of hills stretching from about 7 miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon in a south-westerly direction to Bath, a distance of 70 miles. They probably get their name from “cot”, meaning a pen or enclosure for animals (in this case a sheep-pen) and their gentle hillsides, the “wolds”. Another possible explanation is that the word derives from the name of a man in the 12th century who owned high forest land: Codwald.
The main feature that distinguishes the area from other, perhaps equally pretty, parts of England, and which has made it famous, is the consistent use of the local honey-coloured limestone as a building material. The colour of the stone in fact varies depending on the location of where it was quarried. Generally, in the northern part of the Cotswolds the stone is a beautiful “honey golden brown” and further south the stone becomes creamier in colour. Even today, most new buildings have to be built of this material and in a style that blends in with the old.
The Cotswold Hills straddle several counties – mainly Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but a little bit of Warwickshire too. Our recent day out with Ingrid (aka Trekki) took us to the first two of these, and I’ve created a small page about each in an effort to keep tips in the right place for the county they refer too. Please have a look at my small Oxfordshire page for a few tips about the villages we visited there (and a very nice pub lunch).
By the way, several of my tips are duplicated on the two pages in case people only find one or the other, so please don’t rate both!
- Pros:Beautiful countryside, picturesque villages
- Cons:Can get crowded in the most popular villages
- In a nutshell:Quintessentially English
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