Welcome to The Cotswolds!

I love the English Cotswolds and think everyone should visit this beautiful place at least once in their lifetime. Having lived all over the world and traveled as much as possible, I still think that this little part of England is one of the world's greatest treasures. This site is dedicated to helping spread the word and encourage sustainable travel to the Cotswolds.

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Unexpected beauty from Oxenton to Woolstone

There are so many public walkways in the Cotswolds (and, well, the UK in general!), and I have made it my mission to try them all.  I decided to take a look at my Ordnance Survey map of the area last weekend, and picked out a circular route between two villages I knew nothing about and had never heard of:  Oxenton and Woolstone.  They are tucked away to the northwest of Winchcombe, right on the edge of the Cotswolds.  The villages are quite tiny, having only 30-40 houses each, and each having a beautiful church- Oxenton's hails from the 13th century and is in outstanding condition.

The walk was superb- extremely quiet, as I didn't see even one other rambler the entire time.  The views were magnificent as well, and the paths very well marked and managed.  Most of the walk, up to the top of Oxenton Hill and over Crane Hill, followed the Gloucestershire Way, so this could easily be extended as long as you like in either direction!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Stanton & Laverton Circular

I'd been meaning to take this walk for a while, as its only a few minutes from my house and I've never been to either village (apart from passing through on the GWR steam train with the kids).  Such beautiful views, and the villages couldn't have been nicer.  There were more horses on the roads than cars, snowdrops were popping everywhere, and you could smell the sweetness in the air coming off the grass.  I'll be back very soon!