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.
- Bourton-on-the-Water – A village located on the River Windrush. The village is known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses. The village has many attractions as well as great places to dine out.
- Restaurants – Places for food lovers in the AONB.
- Tour Guides – There are many companies offering to show you around all the premier sites of the area.
About The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966, with an expansion on 21 December 1990 to 1,990 square kilometres (768 sq mi). In 1991, all AONBs were measured again using modern methods. The official area of the Cotswold AONB increased to 2,038 square kilometres (787 sq mi). In 2000, the government confirmed that AONBs had the same landscape quality and status as National Parks.
The Cotswolds AONB, which is the largest in England and Wales, 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 River Windrush. The village is known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses. The village has many attractions as well as great places to dine out.