Rolling hills, winding country roads and historic houses, this recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty showcases a quieter side to life in the UK.
Did you know that the Cotswolds is England’s largest ‘Area of Natural Beauty’? Protected by the UK government, this incredibly picturesque area of rural England is highly accessible from the UK capital, with trains taking just over one hour.
Travel into London for some vibrant city living before retreating to the countryside among the rolling hills and honey-coloured villages fashioned from Cotswold stone – the other side of the coin to life in the UK.
Covering the counties of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and fringed by some of England’s most cultured small cities including Bath, there’s much land to cover here and local produce to enjoy. In the colder months, as its rustic cottages are covered by snow, the Cotswolds make for a particularly magical winter setting.
When the time is right, here’s a lowdown of the must sees and dos.
Three things to do in the Cotswold, England
Stroll the most romantic street
Despite its rather ghoulish moniker, this street has been named the country’s most romantic on several occasions. Sandstone houses that look like they belong in a fairytale and vivid greenery is clearly a winning combination. Take a rose-tinted stroll down Copse Hill Road in Lower Slaughter, which was awarded the Google Street View award for being the most romantic street in Britain.
Visit Snowshill Manor
Built in 1801, this manor was once home to eccentric collector Charles Wade. Working throughout his life as an architect, artist-craftsman and poet, yet his most famous legacy is his eclectic collection of some 22000 items of furniture, clothing, paintings, and more which remains in the manor to this day.
Board a steam train
Continue your passage back in time by taking a journey on The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. The volunteer-operated heritage railway offers a scenic round trip of 28 miles. While closed at the time of writing due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is still well worth a visit once normality returns.