✭Create your Cotswold escape✭
This quiet corner of England isn't just about country pubs and cracking cream teas - although you'll find tempting helpings of both. The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with show-stopping landscapes from ancient woodland to rolling hills. Walkers can discover trails aplenty including 100 miles of The Cotswold Way or get a bird's eye view aboard a hot air balloon. Foodies will be in their element as fine dining - fuelled with fresh, locally grown ingredients - has really taken off here. No wonder the Cotswolds attracts more than 23 million visitors every year.
With this guide in hand, you can experience the Cotswolds' finest while making quirky discoveries too. Visit a vineyard or take a hike through the Stroud valleys in the company of llamas (yes, those South American camelids). Get your pick of perfect pubs, recommended restaurants and appealing places to shop.
Browse the Cotswolds' blend of towns and villages to help decide on your base. You might set your sights on Cheltenham, an elegant regency spa town with a full calendar of cultural festivals and an obsession with horseracing. You could choose to disconnect completely and settle into a sleepy hamlet. Seeking somewhere special to stay? Check into a country mansion, bijou B&B or even your own yurt. You'll find suggestions for romantic breaks and family-friendly trips.
Where will your Cotswold escape take you?
★ About the Author ★
The Cotswolds are in the blood of author, Kate Joynes-Burgess. Her family has lived among these rolling hills for generations. Stints in London, Mexico City and Central America have honed her instinct for perfect pubs, marvellous markets, and amazing architecture. Since answering the call of home - and resettling in the Cotswolds in 2009 - she's made it her mission to discover the best of Britain too.
Kate has written for many publications including Time Out, The Spectator and Travel+Leisure. She covers the Cotswolds for a range of Mexican magazines and is social media manager for the largest conservation charity in Europe.
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