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Saturday, November 25th 2017

Celebrate Christmas, Cotswold Style

With Christmas almost upon us we thought we’d share five festive fun facts from in and around the Cotswolds with you. With our best wishes for the festive season and a prosperous new year ahead, one in which we hope you will be inspired to visit our beautiful part of the world!

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Stanway House

Cotswold Walks offers a range of themed guided tours to deliver a unique insight into some of the very best sites and scenes the Cotswolds has to offer, including Arts and Crafts, Scenic Cotswolds, Cotswold Gardens and Cotswold Treasures tours. Each of our guided tours is led by one of our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides – all locals who live, work and walk the Cotswolds year-round. Find out more about our guided walks in this blog post. [See more]

Andrew and Elizabeth Guppy
Saturday, November 25th 2017

Hello from Cotswold Walks

For some of you visiting our site this may be the first time you have heard of Cotswold Walks so we wanted to share our story, and passion for the Cotswolds, with you. It has also been a little while since we last blogged so we thought it would be a good time to introduce ourselves and tell you more about what we do! [See more]

The Three Degrees may have posed the question back in the 1970's and last Saturday, 8th Nov. the answer was officially recognised as both at the unveiling of a Cotswold Way marker stone at the start or finish of the Cotswold Way national trail that stretches 102 miles (164km) between Chipping Campden and Bath.

The stone itself made from Irish Blue Limestone was designed by local artist, Iain Cotton who was commissioned to make the first almost identical marker stone outside the steps of Bath Abbey back in 2012. The trail can easily be walked in either direction and some prefer to head south to north with the advantage of the sun on their back. [See more]

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Where - and what - are the Cotswolds?

Try looking for the Cotswolds on a British road map and you won’t find any traces, but do a Google search for 'Cotswolds map' and you'll see a lozenge-shaped patch somewhere south of Birmingham and west of London. This is the Cotswold AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) established back in the 1960s to protect a unique stretch of landscape from modern development. Covering 790 square miles of hilly landscape, it stretches from Bath in the south-west to Chipping Campden in the north-east, making it the largest area of protected landscape in Britain. >>> [See more]

Monday, October 28th 2013

Introducing Jane Bingham

Jane Bingham is the author of The Cotswolds: A Cultural History (Signal Books and Oxford University Press, 2009). A prolific writer of history books for young people, she also writes on English heritage in the national and local press. Jane gives tours and talks on the Cotswolds and has served twice as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. Jane will be contributing articles about the Cotswolds to our Cotswold Walks blog. >>> [See more]

Monday, August 12th 2013

Lavender time in the Cotswolds

Say the word ‘lavender’ and the Cotswolds probably doesn’t spring to mind. Rather images of Provence with rows of purple mounds stretching into the bright blue yonder and a chateau on the horizon. However the terrain is surprisingly similar, limestone at over 1000 feet above sea level and Cotswold Lavender at Snowshill are taking full advantage of it. Lavender hates to get its feet wet and these free draining conditions suit it to a T. >>> [See more]

Monday, June 17th 2013

What's in a Name?

What is it about place names such as Guiting Power, Broughton Poggs, North Nibley, Pucklechurch, Cockadilly and Hook Norton that we find appealing? Is it the suggestive humour or a reminder of the nonsensical Swedish chef in the Muppets? The names beckon and as with any attraction we are drawn to move up and take a closer look. To analyse. >>> [See more]

It’s a sight you’ve seen before no doubt but this year we’ve waited longer and it will be all the more sweet. On sunny banks the bell-shaped flowers have already started to unfurl whetting the visual appetite and it won’t be long before bluebells will carpet our woods with their deep metallic blue. Although they’re late this year because of the cold and long winter there’s a growing concern that in future they may not be there at all, at least not our beloved native bluebells. >>> [See more]

What was in the air in the Cotswolds, late nineteenth/early twenties century? Something was drawing talented people to this beautiful landscape and it might have been the hankering after a rural idyll that has the same effect today. William Morris, Francis David Millet, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, John Singer Sargent and Edward Burne Jones were just some of the artists that collected in this unspoilt corner of England. But why? >>> [See more]