The Cotswolds is an area in south central England, of predominantly rural landscape with rolling hills and picturesque small towns and villages built of cotswold stone, a type of yellow jurassic limestone.
Popular cotswolds towns consisting of historical stone-built villages, stately homes and gardens include Burford, Bourton-on-the-water, Stow-on-the-wold, Chipping, Moreton-in-marsh and various others.
We joined a day tour with VIATOR, departing from Victoria Coach Station, London at about 8.30am. The tour includes lunch and visits to the market towns of Burford, Bourton-on-the-water and Stow-on-the-wold.
Burford, which is about one and a half hours drive from London, is the first market town on the itinerary. The town is centred along the about one kilometre long main road, with small hotels, restaurants and shops selling all kinds of local products.
The side road leading to the Church
The Arlington Row is a row of historical buildings and are the property of the National Trust. Close by is a Trout Farm, reputedly one of the oldest in England and the Swan Hotel, where we had lunch.
After lunch, the next market town on the itinerary, is Bourton-on-the-water. This town is much bigger than Burford and is quite a walk from the coach parking lot. The main attraction is the clear stream (river) which runs across part of the town. As this was one of the hottest summer day of 2016, both banks of the stream were packed with visitors. The stream is extremely shallow and I remember the same thoughts I had when I was here more than 20 years ago – will it dry up soon!
This is the last market town on the itinerary and most of the shops are located around the big town square. The beautiful St Edward’s Parish Church is definitely a must visit.
The tour ends at about 4.30pm and we reached Victoria Coach Station, London at about 5.30pm. If time permits, I would recommend a two days tour of the Cotswolds, driving leisurely around the narrow and picturesque roads with a rental car.
All images shot with the Nikon D810 and Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5g lens and processed in Adobe camera raw and photoshop.