The Cotswolds are named as the second largest areas of outstanding natural beauty in England and the area has thousands of visitors every year who come to experience the stunning beauty of the area. The Cotswold hills are famous as the gentle rolling countryside, the lush green grass and the beautiful rivers that run through it. The North Cotswolds is a picturesque area with many pretty market towns, charming villages and tiny hamlets that nestle in the Cotswold hills. Visitors staying in London regularly visit the Cotswolds to get a real sense of English countryside at its best, and it doesn’t seem to matter what time of year you come, the Cotswolds remain beautiful, unspoilt and breath-taking. In spring, you will see the lambs jumping across the Cotswold hills, beautiful banks full of thick daffodils and the trees budding enthusiastically. Even in winter, the Cotswolds is stunning with thatched cottages embellishing cosiness with their wood burning fires. Summer in the Cotswolds is beautiful and there always seems to be an air of calm in the sunshine amongst the beautiful Cotswold views. In autumn, you will see millions of colours on the trees from green, yellow, orange, red and brown and public tourist places like Batsford Arboretum is a wonderful experience at this time of year.
The north Cotswolds are famous for their charming chocolate box villages with thatched cottages, wood burning fires and quaint village greens that flourish when children are playing in the summer. Cotswold market towns are constructed from the famous honey-coloured Cotswold stone, and every town has a market square as the focal point. The Cotswold market squares were once where sheep farmers regularly came to trade their flocks of Cotswold sheep. The Cotswold area was once famous for being one of the largest suppliers towards the English wool trade but since the cloth trade moved to the North of England, the Cotswolds has remained underdeveloped and peaceful.
Beautiful North Cotswolds
The picture-perfect Cotswold market towns have a friendly, lively energy that exudes a sense of belonging, calm and tranquillity. North Cotswold market towns include Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Stow-on-the-Wold, Northleach and Stratford-upon-Avon (the well-known birthplace of Shakespeare). North Cotswold tours take you to pretty villages that lie dormant amongst the rolling hills in the countryside next to dense woodland. Villages like Upper and Lower Slaughter have a unique air of beauty about them, quiet peaceful villages where people wander along next to the tiny River Eyre. There are many river tributaries throughout the Cotswolds, including stunning views of trickling streams or wider rivers such as the River Coln, the River Thames and the River Windrush.
Experiencing North Cotswold Tours
If you’re staying in London and visiting England, then the Cotswolds area is just a short one hour and 40mins train journey from London Paddington to our nearby station in Moreton-in-Marsh in the North Cotswolds. It is a wonderful experience and an easy daytrip from the big city, many saying it’s a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of London town. If you want to experience a leisurely day in the countryside, then make sure you come to the Cotswolds. Discover some of the hidden beauty spots in the English countryside with North Cotswold Tours and experience some of the most stunning sights of England to make your trip memorable.
Small North Cotswold Tours
A day out with the Secret Cottage Tour is the most exciting way to explore the beautiful area of the north Cotswolds. Our experienced guides show our guests around some of the most picturesque places, including hidden gems that not most people would not discover. If you’re coming from London, it only takes 1hr 40 minutes on the train and we pick out guests up directly from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in our luxury 7-seater Mercedes minibus. We take you to the prettiest places around The Cotswolds, showing you breath-taking views of true English Cotswold countryside. We stop for a hot drink and pastry at our home the Secret Cottage in the morning, then go back for a delicious homecooked buffet lunch. We promise that many North Cotswold Tours will not show you so many beautiful views, pretty chocolate box villages, magnificent stately homes and Cotswold attractions as we do on the Secret Cottage Tour. We also provide a traditional Cotswold cream tea at our cottage in the afternoon so you don’t go hungry! After the tour, we return you to the train station so you can be back to London in time for your evening meal. We advise our guests to book their places early to avoid disappointment.