Art along the Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way National Trail has, for many years, provided the inspiration for thousands of walkers to explore this quintessentially English countryside and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as it journeys its 102 miles along the Cotswold scarp. Now the inspiration of the trail on its many resident artists can be discovered and viewed thanks to a brand new exhibition taking place throughout this summer.
Between now and 22 September, the gardens of the Cotswold House Hotel in Chipping Campden will be the venue for the art exhibition ‘Along the Cotswold Way', showcasing some of the talented artists and sculptors who live and work along the Cotswold Way - from the market town of Chipping Campden in the north to the World Heritage City of Bath in the south.
The new exhibition features, among others, ceramicist Peter Hayes from Bath who takes his influence from the surrounding landscape and textures; Sandra Hickmore from Stroud who has been inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement and the many poets and authors who have lived in the Cotswolds; Rupert Till from Winchcombe who uses galvanized wire as his medium to create unique garden sculptures; and Kate Risdale from Broadway who creates life-sized metal sculptures of the many animals around her.
James Blockley, National Trail Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board said:
"This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to take an artistic tour of the Cotswold Way from beginning to end without ever leaving the start. These delightful and inspiring works of art are spread out along an imaginary Cotswold Way winding through gorgeous gardens and would be the perfect start to a walk, or indeed a journey in its own right. It is all down to the hard work of Keith Finlay from Cotswold House, and we look forward to working with him on future exciting arts projects – watch this space!"
The exhibition and gardens are open daily with free entry and there is the opportunity to enjoy a tea or coffee on the terrace. For further details about the exhibition, go to: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold.
Notes to editors
- For further details, images or to arrange an interview, please contact James Blockley on 01451 862034 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cotswold Way National Trail
- The Cotswold Way National Trail is 102 miles (164 km) long, and runs for most of its length along the Cotswold escarpment.
- The Cotswold Way was formally launched as a National Trail in May 2007, although it had existed as a promoted long distance walk for over 30 years. This designation is a very special one and there are only 14 other Trails in England and Wales with this special grading.
- The Trail's highest point is Cleeve Common at 317m (1,040ft).
- The Trail team is hosted by the Cotswolds Conservation Board with funding provided by Natural England.
- The Cotswold Way links all that is special about the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; internationally renowned bluebell woods, rare and important limestone grassland, intriguing history both ancient and modern, globally significant geology, sleepy villages and thriving market towns.
- Highlights along the Trail include: World Heritage City of Bath; views over River Severn to Brecon Beacons in Wales, Malvern Hills and Forest of Dean; National Trust properties of Dyrham House and Horton Court; Broadway Tower and Somerset Monument tower follies; old mill towns of Painswick, Stroud & Dursley; Devils Chimney at Leckhampton Hill; Belas Knap Long Barrow; Sudeley Castle; and Hailes Abbey.
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
- The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
- Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk
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