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Gloucestershire, England

The charming and beautiful Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are the largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. It covers 2,040 km and is the second largest protected landscape in England. The area is full of charming towns and villages, and scenic, rolling farmland. It is a perfect base for keen walkers as there are over 100 miles of picturesque walking trails. The name Cotswold is popularly attributed the meaning "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides", incorporating the term, wold, meaning hills.
After a short drive from Cheltenham, we arrived in pretty little Bourton-on-the-Water. We had a cappuccino, and strolled the streets. Unlike much of Britain, with its miles of row houses, this area has cute little cottages built of the stone of the warmest colour, all with fabulously manicured gardens. Very serene.
Then we drove on to Lower Slaughter - equally pretty. We took a walk along a gentle stream and through pastures filled with new-born lambs, to Upper Slaughter, and back again.
We continued on, stopping to visit Stow-on-the-Wold, and Moreton-in-Marsh, where we had lunch of pasties and salad. Then we stopped in, OMG, Chipping Camden! This is probably the loveliest little town we’ve ever seen! Beautiful old stone buildings, and a 16th century Market Hall. And lovely thatch-roofed houses.
Through an afternoon shower we drove through Broadway, Snowshill, Temple Guiting, and Naunton, before returning to Cheltenham.
If, after Brexit, Britain can survive on cute, maybe it will get by.

An old Cotswold stone home in Bourton-on-the-Water
Old mill in Lower Slaughter
Lambs in a paddock
Yummy pasties for lunch
Beautiful old High Street in Chipping Camden was built by wealthy merchants between the 14th and 17th centuries
17th century market hall in Chipping Camden
Gorgeous thatched cottage in Chipping Camden
A few more lovely stone homes

Posted by Jimpat 10:59

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