The Cotswolds is an area in the South West of England, including the Cotswold Hills. These rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold Edge.
The @aboutglos guide includes information about the many villages, events, and tourist attractions in the area. They classify the area as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” making the hills are a great place for walkers. This includes 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 dining 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 handles 63 percent of the AONB. “Cotswold Further Info”
Things to see & do in the Cotswolds
There are lots of places to visit and things to see or do in the area. Options include many outdoor activities such as walking or visiting historical sights. The Cotswolds is a great place for photography, with beautiful countryside and picturesque villages.
Hike on 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 became 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.
Have Fun at 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. They planted many of the mature trees in the park 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
See the fountain at Stanway House
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, however, can visit by appointment any time of year. www.stanwayfountain.co.uk
Mooch around Bourton-on-the-Water
Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in the Cotswolds on the beautiful River Windrush. People know the village for its low bridges and traditional stone houses, making it very picturesque. The village has many attractions and also has great places to dine out.
Attend Local Events
There are many events in the local area that take place periodically from traditional to modern.
- Festival of Polo – An annual celebration of the world’s oldest sport.
- Vintage Rally – Lechlade hosts the yearly vintage rally and country show.
Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished Gothic revival mansion 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. They recorded land in the village of Woodchester in the Domesday Book; they completed the Domesday book in 1086. In the middle ages, the manor had many owners, including William Leigh who built the house.
They constructed the building 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, they call this Woodchester Park. The park is a National Trust property and free to explore the beautiful countryside here.