• Vicky

Exploring The Cotswolds

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

This is the first week I've almost been able to feel Spring in the air. I know we're still a way off from being surrounded by daffodils and tulips, but the light is lingering that little bit longer in the evenings, and the days are getting brighter.

Seeing as the forecast was so good and I'm never one to turn down a sunny day, I took myself off to The Cotswolds. This area of beautiful English Countryside is a favourite place of mine for a day trip. Exploring new villages each time, whilst also frequenting old haunts.

My first stop was the little village of Bibury. With its famous little line of cottages, Arlington Row, it really is one of the most picturesque English villages you've ever seen.

I wandered past all the cottages and homes, their gardens showing the very first signs of the season changing. It was nice and quiet on a mid-week morning (it can be a bit of a tourist trap on a sunny Summer weekend) so I was able to enjoy the views at my own pace.

On the other side of the river is a favourite pub/hotel of mine, it actually made my bucket list in this post. The Swan has a garden which is a lovely little spot to stop for a bite to eat or something to drink in the afternoon.

The next place on my list was in some ways an old favourite too. Bourton-on-the-Water is a bustling Cotswolds town on the River Windrush. I've visited a few times, but again always on a busy weekend, it was lovely to walk the quieter streets without the weekend crowds. It also meant I was able to get a table at a place I've wanted to try for a while, but has always been too busy.

Bakery on the Water has got to be my favourite bakery in the world. From the smell of fresh bread as soon as you walk through the door, to their little garden on the river out back, it's the perfect place to enjoy a late lunch and watch the world go by.

I ordered up a cream tea and spent an hour reading a book.

Before picking up a fresh loaf to take home with me on the way out.

Back in the car, I headed for The Slaughters, two villages slightly further north of Bourton.

I'd not been before, but they didn't disappoint. Quiet little country roads and rows of cottages, with bridges weaving over the river.

There was a chill in the air, but I really didn't mind with the sun shining.

Church bells ringing and sending a chorus into the winter air.

As I headed on towards Upper Slaughter snowdrops were shooting up all over the place, a sure sign that warmer days are on the way.

I stopped at the top of the hill for a great view of The Wolds, the sheep all watching me intently before turning their heads back to the grass.

My final town before home was an oldie but a goodie. Stow-on-the-Wold is often my last stop on the way back from the Cotswolds (or Moreton-in-Marsh), as they are the last villages heading north back to Coventry.

I headed in to the local cheese shop to grab some to take home with my bread, although I was slightly overwhelmed by the choice.

Before heading into a favourite haunt, The Stag at Stow. You may remember it from this blog post too.

I warmed up near the fire before choosing a seat by the window. I read my book as a beautiful sunset lit up the sky in every shade of pink.

I can see you Spring.

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