May 16, 2012 by admin
Beautiful villages, scenic countryside, historic houses and wonderful walking country all go to make up the famous Cotswolds which are very popular for weekend breaks and touring holidays. There are lots of things to see and do in this part of the world in an area that stretches from the Midlands to the Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale.
Exploring the country towns is a popular way to get to know the Cotswolds and the honey coloured cottages and other buildings are really picturesque. There are delightful places such as Chipping Campden and Stow on the Wold that are lovely to visit and see the antique and gift shops and perhaps sit in one of the many tea rooms. People visit Bibury to see the famous 17th century row of houses which were once homes for weavers. Visitors also enjoy Bath with its Regency style buildings and interesting museums. One of the highlights of the city are the newly refurbished Roman Baths which are wonderful to relax in after a day shopping or sightseeing.
Cirencester is another lovely place to explore and is also renowned for its Roman remains at Chedworth as well as some lovely places to eat in and around the town. Oxford is on the edge of the Cotswolds and a major visitor attraction with the various colleges and museums to explore. Visitors can see the area where Inspector Morse was filmed or ride a bike along with all the students around the city.
People come to the Cotswolds for the outdoors and there are lots of wonderful footpaths all over the region. One of the best known long distance trails is the Cotswold Way but there are several shorter and circular routes that usually include a pub or a tea room. The canal at Lechlade also makes a great walk and is also excellent for boats. Westonbirt Arboretum is another beautiful place to visit and is magnificent at any time of the year.
Near Burford is the Cotswold Wildlife Park which has a number of retiles and other tropical animals. The Cotswold Falconry Centre near Moreton in the Marsh is another very interesting attraction for visitors, especially at feeding time, and there is a beautiful arboretum and gardens adjacent to the centre.
The Cotswolds has its traditions which are also a reason for visiting the area. One of the most famous is Cheese Rolling which involves people chasing a massive cheese down the steep Coopers Hill at Brockworth. The Cotswolds have Olympics as well and these games involve shin kicking, tug of war and Morris Dancing and all of this contributes to the rich cultural heritage in this part of the world.
This is an area where there is always something going on such as a food festival or village show, and there are also world famous events such as the Horse Trials at Badminton. With a wide range of accommodation and good restaurants there is plenty of choice on where to stay and enjoy a quiet or active few days away.