The Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) - the largest in Britain - covers an area of 790 square miles, and fulfils most people’s idea of a ‘typical’ English landscape. It encompasses rolling hills, deciduous woodland, pastoral river valleys, wildflower meadows and honey-coloured stone villages
This holiday explores the southern part of the area where the landscape is softer and more bucolic; where clear streams run through flower meadows in the secluded Duntisbourne, Coln and Windrush valleys, and honey-coloured cottages cluster round manor houses and medieval churches, well off the 'beaten track'.
Beautiful villages, the hallmark of the Cotswolds, will feature highly, and amongst those visited will be Swinbrook, Minster Lovell, Asthall, the Duntisbournes, Ampney Crucis, Coln St Dennis, Coln Roger, Coln St Aldwyns and Bibury - described by 19th century artist William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in England' - where a clear trout stream flows alongside a village street lined with picturesque cottages, picture-perfect almshouses and flower-filled gardens.
One of the walks will finish in the bustling little town of Burford with its wide high street and medieval merchants' houses, and another will lead through Cirencester Park to finish in Cirencester - 'Capital of the Cotswolds' - with its wonderful cathedral-like church, Corinium Museum, Roman amphitheatre, (Cirencester was the second most important town in England during the Roman occupation), and handsome terraces of Georgian townhouses.
Bed & Breakfast option
Your holiday in the southern Cotswolds will be based in a comfortable family-run guest house in the attractive market town of Cirencester '. Your room will have ensuite bathroom facilities and you will have a choice of continental or full English breakfast. Cirencester has wide range of restaurants, tearooms and inns.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast option
Your holiday in the southern Cotswolds will be based at the historic New Inn [AA****inn], a traditional ivy-clad inn at the heart of the idyllic and unspoilt village of Coln St Aldwyns. As you would expect in a 16th century building the characterful rooms have period features and are all individually furnished. They also have excellent modern ensuite bathroom facilities and free WiFi. The cosy restaurant specialises in using quality local produce in a British and European menu, and holds two AA Rosettes for the excellence of its cuisine.
What's included in the price of this holiday?