The Cotswolds are an example of the quintessential British countryside, and their picturesque views will leave you breathless as you journey through the charming villages and across the rolling hills. It’s because of this that they have been classified as Britain’s largest ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and are filled with conservation activities to keep this area so naturally stunning.
Your journey through the Cotswolds would not be complete without exploring the quaint villages along the way. Whether you want to stop for a pint of traditional British ale, or are looking for an afternoon tea and cake break, they’ll be something for everyone on the trip. There’s a selection of villages which can form part of your route; such as Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Bampton, The Slaughters, Burford and Bibury. Each of these has their own unique charms and add to the delightfulness of the entire Cotswolds area.
If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, not only do our tours take you to Highclere Castle, but a stop in Bampton should also have some familiar scenes. St Mary’s church and the library are common filming locations in this British TV drama.
One of the perks of travelling with Active England is the ability to buy slightly more than you can carry, and we’ll take care of transporting it along with you on your journey. This comes in handy when you’re walking through the Cotswolds and discover the wealth of boutiques and quirky antique stores to browse.
The high volume of independent stores reflects the old British market towns which are now few and far between. The high streets are filled with local shop owners, hand-made crafts and completely unique products. This makes it the perfect place to pick up presents for those back home, or to treat yourself!