Summer in the Cotswolds
LIGHT HISTORY OF STOW-ON-THE-WOLD & BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER
“Two of many lovely villages in the Cotswolds”
Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are two of many lovely villages in a large area called the Cotswolds.
Stow-on-the-Wold is situated beside The Fosse Way, a Roman road that runs from Exeter to Lincoln. The word 'wold' as in Cotswold means hills, so Stow-on-the-Wold means Holy Place on the Hill. The local houses were built with the Cotswold limestone.
Bourton- on-the- Water, ("Venice of the Cotswolds") is located just a few miles past Stow-on-the-Wold. The name comes from the Saxon word BURGH (fort) and TON (village or settlement). The Fosse Way, (A429) also passes through Bourton-on-the-Water. The true landmarks of Bourton-on-the-Water are the five bridges that cross the River, constructed from local Cotswold limestone.
NOT TO MISS
As for most of the villages in the Cotswolds, it is the beautiful limestone cottages and small town charm that keeps locals and tourists coming back. Whenever we visit I feel as if I am in a childhood nursery rhythm book.
If you are in England in the summer then DO NOT MISS a warm Saturday or Sunday picnic along the stream in Bourton-on-the-Water. In late spring/summer you can buy a picnic mat from most shops (Marks & Spencers has a great waterproof bottom fleece mat for 7.5 GBP).
“I love fudge and cheese... Stow-on-the-Wold had a special shop for each”
Roly's Fudge, small shop that sells a large variety of fudge in Stow. The shops sells the fudge in smaller pieces which allows you to buy by weight and mix and match flavours.
RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONIn both Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, there are tons of cafes and pubs to choose from and I find it hard to really say which is "best". We did enjoy our scones and tea at Bakery-on-the-Water.
We did not visit, but The Porch House advertises itself as England's oldest inn (947AD).
"During alterations in the early 1970s, some timber in the building was carbon dated to 50 years either side of 1000 A.D."
We did visit The Hive (also Stow-on-the-Wold) and enjoyed the little eatery/cosy cafe for some cake and coffee.
GETTING THERE BY RAIL:
The Cotswolds is located in the heart of England. There are regular rail services through the area:- Between London Paddington and Cheltenham via Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester - Between London Paddington and Moreton in Marsh -
Between Cardiff and Cheltenham via Gloucester - Between Birmingham and Bristol via Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Dursley
GETTING THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
and travel pages
GETTING THERE BY ROAD:
The Cotswolds is served by excellent links to the M4, M5 and M40, providing easy access to and from London, Birmingham and the national motorway network.
There are good connections to the south west via the M5, to the north via the M5/M6 and M42 , Wales using the A40 and the M4 and to London and the south-east using the A40 and the M4."
Typical journey times from the area by car & train would be:
London - 2 hours to 2.5 hours
Cardiff - 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
Birmingham - 55 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes
Manchester - 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours
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