Cotswold views boast picture-perfect English countryside with rolling hills, yellow fields in the spring, wildflower meadows and dense woodland. If you are visiting England and would like to see English countryside at its best, then the Cotswolds is the perfect area to discover. There are many attractive areas to walk in, with beautiful bluebell woods and charming village pubs to eat in, you really will be spoilt for choice. The Cotswolds is in the south-west of England and covers 800 square miles. It covers Gloucestershire, Warwickshire Oxfordshire and parts of Wiltshire and north-east Somerset. Walking in the Cotswolds in a wonderful experience and one that will be memorable for life.
The Cotswold Trail
The Cotswold Trail, also known as the Cotswold Way is an amazing 102-mile-long footpath that creeps along the Cotswold escarpment from the magnificent City of Bath in Somerset to the English Cotswolds. The Cotswold Way has been around for over 30 years following many years of lobbying by the Ramblers Association and its amazing views were finally recognised and in 1998 the government approved its development as a National Trail. It was formally launched as a National Trail known as the Cotswold Way in May 2007. The route starts at the stunning old wool town of Chipping Camden and follows 102 miles to the city of Bath. This popular walking path takes walkers through beautiful countryside along a ridge where you can find picturesque villages, pretty churches, majestic stately homes and some of the most memorable views in the English countryside. You can also see Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, a burial chamber at Belas Knap, Hailes Abbey and the Roman Spa and Abbey in Bath. The Cotswold Way starts in Chipping Camden, continues past Broadway, via Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham, Brockworth, Stroud, Dursley, Tetbury, Yate, Bristol and finishes in Bath Spa. It is considered a walker’s paradise, giving you a true taste of English countryside with incredible views of pretty villages and stunning market towns. On your way, you will come across beautiful villages overlooking to rivers, Cotswold churches, ivy covered cottages, well-kept cricket pavilions and beautiful Cotswold barns. The rolling landscape, the majestic trees and the lush green countryside makes up the stunning views of the Cotswolds.
If you are planning on walking or touring the Cotswolds, you will find it a very memorable experience. There are narrow hedge-lined lanes to leading to villages, lush green village greens, meandering streams and beautiful rivers, fields of gold from the commonly seen Oilseed Rape and many ancient woodlands. The countryside is simply breath-taking and the towns and villages are also a delight to wander around. There are many pretty villages with delightful local pubs, pretty market towns, magnificent stately homes and many historical attractions throughout the area. Villages are timeless with solid communities and the Cotswold market towns have an extraordinary selection of shops, gift shops, cafes and restaurants. Walking through the Cotswolds is a heart-warming experience as you feel completely at one with nature.
Unique Cotswold Tours
The Cotswolds region is only 1 hour and 40 minutes on the train from London Paddington, so a daytrip to the area is easy. Cotswold tours take you on special tours of the beautiful countryside, showing you historical places, charming villages and beautiful market towns. Cotswold tours are the best way to see the area and to learn all about the history of this beautiful region. The Secret Cottage Tour is a unique and personal experience because we invite our guests into our home alongside giving them a tour of the area. We promise an exciting 6-hour tour which takes you around the best places of the Cotswolds. We pick our guests up from Moreton-in-Marsh train station in our luxury 7-seater Mercedes minibus and take you to see Cotswold attractions, showing you all the most breath-taking views of the area along the way. We stop at our home The Secret Cottage for tea or coffee and a pastry in the morning and then at lunchtime, we bring you back for a delicious homemade buffet lunch. We also give you a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon. After our Cotswold tours, we return you to the train station so that you can get your train back to London in time for your evening meal. We take you to the hidden places around the Cotswolds to see stunning homes, beautiful villages and some of the most ancient places in the area. We advise our guests to book as soon as possible, as we are often booked up quickly!