Cotswold Villages You Won’t Want to Miss
How many Cotswold Villages are there? Certainly more than you can count on two hands.
When you do a search on the internet, you will find names like Stow on the Wold, Morten on Marsh, Chipping Campden , and a few others. But, there are so many others that you may not be aware of. We certainly stumbled across some.
We stayed in the lovely town of Stow on the Wold. The Cotswolds run North South through the center of England and Stow is in the northern part.
As you can see from the image at the top of the page, Stow on the Wold has a classic old world charm reflected by the warm stone. The people that we met were imbued with the same warmth.
It used to be said that English food was bland and tasteless. In our experience that was not the case. Sit down at any one of the many local, homey pubs, or cozy restaurants, and you will have a wide selection of delicious options and hearty local brews.
The Cotswolds, including Stow on the Wold, is famous for the public walking paths that criss-cross the countryside and connect one village with another. Many of the people that we met were there to enjoy the beauty of the rolling hills and the patchwork of farmlands.
Many, if not all, of the pubs offer sleeping accommodations, and are located right in the heart of the village surrounding the square. We, however, found lodgings just a few blocks off the square in a modern town house that had been divided into four spacious, comfortable, airy, and peaceful rooms. Which was simply called “B”. Well recommended.
The Cotswolds are one of the most beautiful areas in the UK. And, we loved exploring and going off the beaten path to stumble upon little hollows where many of the most picturesque villages are found.
Each of the villages we visited had their own personality. Yet all but one, that we have visited, have a unifying theme. Each is situated with a lovely stream at its core.
The villages are all breathtakingly beautiful, and also, very very small. You will be able to see several of them in one day. Easily. That gives you the chance to drive along the narrow single roads that barely allow one car to pass between the hedgerows.
When was the last time you rounded a bend as on a narrow street in the heart of a tiny village to find a sign warning you of a ford ahead. And, then have to carefully drive your car through a stream. Remember now, this isn’t a backwater in SE Asia we’re talking about here. This is England.
Other Cotswold Villages
Of course, the Cotswold Villages above are but only a few of the many villages in the Cotswolds. We also visited the tiny woolen village of Castle Combe, where the Stephen Spielberg movie “War Horse” was filmed, and LaCock where scenes from Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, and others were filmed. For a lengthy list of Cotswold Villages.
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