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”