The Cotswolds is an area in the South West of England including the Cotswold Hills, which rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold Edge, above the Severn Valley and Evesham Vale.
This includes photos and information about the many villages, events or tourist attractions in the area. The area is classified as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and the hills are a great place for walkers, especially the Cotswold way walk which navigates you the length of the Cotswold hills.
- Cirencester – A market town with a rich history dating back to its formation in Roman times.
- Restaurants – Places for food lovers in the AONB to enjoy ding out with locally sourced food.
- Tour Guides – There are many companies offering to show you around all the premier sites of the area.
About The Cotswolds
The official area of the Cotswold AONB is a big 787 square miles. The Cotswolds AONB, which is the largest in England and Wales, It stretches from the border regions of South Warwickshire and Worcestershire, through West Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire and takes in parts of Wiltshire, and Bath and North East Somerset in the South. Gloucestershire County Council is responsible for 63 per cent of the AONB. “Cotswold Further Info”
There are many events in the local area that take place periodically from traditional to modern.
- Festival of Polo – An annual celebration of the worlds oldest sport.
- Vintage Rally – Letchlade hosts the yearly vintage rally and country show.
What to see & do?
The Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way is a 102-mile footpath, running along the Cotswold Edge escarpment of the Cotswold Hills. It is a popular route for multi-day or week-long hikes through the area or sections of it for day-long walks. The Cotswold Way walk was officially inaugurated as a National Trail on 24 May 2007.
The route of the Cotswold Way runs from Bath to Chipping Campden or in reverse depending where you wish to end. Villages and towns on the route include Wotton-under-Edge, Dursley, Stroud, Painswick, Cranham, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Stanway and Broadway. Highlights of the walk include Sudeley Castle, Cleeve Hill, Hailes Abbey, and the iconic Broadway Tower.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens exhibit mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates from all around the world. The gardens and grounds are part of the Bradwell Grove estate.
The manor house at Bradwell Grove dates from 1804 and many of the mature trees in the park were planted in the 19th century. In 1970 the owner, John Heyworth, opened the gardens to the public with 230 animals from 40 species exhibited. http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
Visit Stanway House and Fountain, a Jacobean Manor House and the world’s tallest gravity-fed fountain. Family home of the Earl of Wemyss with water gardens and 14th-century tithe barn. Restored working watermill next door to the main house. On the Cotswold Way. Tues and Thurs afternoons in June, July and August. Groups by appointment at any time of year. www.stanwayfountain.co.uk
Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in the Cotswolds located on the beautiful River Windrush. The village is well known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses, making it very picturesque. The village has many attractions as well as great places to dine out.
Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished, Gothic revival mansion located in Woodchester Park near Nympsfield. It is on the site of an earlier house known as Spring Park. Woodchester Mansion is a Grade I listed building, built on the site of a former house called Spring Park. Land in the village of Woodchester is recorded in the Domesday Book, the Domesday book was completed in 1086. In the middle ages, the manor had many different owners including William Leigh who built the house.
The building was constructed in the Victorian Gothic style, the property is unique because it is unfinished. This means visitors can actually see how parts of the property and other of this period were constructed. Ideal for those with an interest in architecture. Self-guided tours are available most weekends, these cost £8.50 and must be booked in advance. Woodchester Mansion is nestled in a wooded valley with parkland, lakes and pastures, this is known as Woodchester Park. The park is a National Trust property and free to explore the beautiful countryside here.