The Cotswolds is a mainly rural,
rolling landscape and covers an area of around 800 square miles, across
parts of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and
Worcestershire. It is famed for its achingly pretty villages and towns of
It is also full of famous
buildings and gardens including National Trust properties, too numerous to
mention but some I have visited over the years and can recommend are:
It has a number of
"honeypot" towns and villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water,
Broadway and Upper and Lower Slaughter which are overrun with tourists but
there are many other extremely pretty places, just quietly getting on with
their lives. The area therefore benefits from exploring.
The area has a large
number of ancient, historic sites.
The Cotswolds were
designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1900 and has a number of
areas of Special Scientific Interest.
The highest point of
the Cotswolds is Cleeve Hill, which at 1083 feet (330 metres) is also the
highest point of Gloucestershire and makes for a splendid walk. The area as
a whole is a myriad of footpathes and very popular with walkers.
The Cotswold Way is a
100 mile Long Distance Footpath running across the area and a number of
other routes have been devised such as the Winchcombe Way and The Isbourne
you need somewhere to stay for a trip to The Cotswolds, check out "walker
Scroll down to see Cotswold walks.
you need to buy any hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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