Visit and enjoy the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is one of the country’s most beautiful landscapes with nearly 800 square miles of superb scenery, picturesque towns and villages, as well as endless opportunities to get out and explore the area on foot, by bike or on horseback.
Whether you want to de-stress after a week in the office or come up with yet more boredom-busting activities to fill the school holidays, the Cotswolds offers the ideal outdoor gym, adventure playground, green escape (call it what you will) all around in the Cotswold hills, valleys and meadows. Free, fun, good for mind and body, and with a picnic spot, pub or café around every corner!
Over 20 long distance routes and 4,828km (3,000 miles) of public footpaths criss-cross the AONB: from easygoing ‘miles without stiles’ or towpath saunters along the Kennet & Avon Canal to bracing climbs (and views) at Bredon Hill.
And do you prefer racy or relaxed for a day out cycling? Harness your inner Bradley Wiggins and tackle the northern escarpments, or take it easier on the Cotswolds’ gentler southern slopes. Not only are local lanes – originally designed for sheep droving – ideal for a spin, but the AONB also has an exceptionally high density of good byways and bridleways.
Whatever activity you prefer, at some point you’ll need to stop and savour the flavours of the Cotswolds. With so much local produce, there is no shortage of options. Visit one of the many traditional inns with cosy log fires, or enjoy fine dining at a gastro pub. Alternatively, pick up fresh produce at the many farmers’ markets and farm shops that are available across the area.