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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]

In 1840 the Cotswolds’ valley of Uley had 13 beer houses servicing the dry throats of woollen mill workers. Today, across the UK, a colossal 26 pubs are closing each week. Clearly tastes are changing and real ale enthusiasts are right to worry about the future of their beloved locals. The English pub is iconic and some of the very best are to be found in the Cotswolds. Blazing open fires in winter or streamside supping under a weeping willow in summer are perfect settings for a deep, rich stout or light, golden ale. >>> [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]

Thursday, March 7th 2013

The Ashmolean is coming to Broadway!

No, they haven’t made a play and it’s not in New York but our very own Cotswolds. Ta da! The famous Oxford museum will house some of its priceless collection of furniture in the beautifully restored Tudor House in the village of Broadway from 25th May 2013. >>> [See more]

Friday, February 15th 2013

A day in the life of Robert Talbot

Having moved to the Cotswolds 19 years ago, I have never looked back from the day I arrived. The quality of life here is astonishing with a great community spirit combined with an unhurried pace. Go in the local shops and the shopkeepers will regularly chat with you, regardless of if you are local or a visitor. >>> [See more]

Thursday, February 7th 2013

Introducing Robert Talbot

Robert Talbot trained as a cartographer and worked for an international book publisher before his love of walking took over. He has lived in the Cotswolds for 19 years and is experienced in leading interpretive walks in the Cotswolds. >>> [See more]

Tuesday, February 5th 2013

Welcome to Cotswold Walks blog

Hi, we are Andrew and Elizabeth Guppy and hound Indie (see below) and this informal blog is about sharing with you some of the daily joys of living, working, walking in the Cotswolds. >>> [See more]