Welcome to The Cotswolds!

I love the English Cotswolds and think everyone should visit this beautiful place at least once in their lifetime. Having lived all over the world and traveled as much as possible, I still think that this little part of England is one of the world's greatest treasures. This site is dedicated to helping spread the word and encourage sustainable travel to the Cotswolds.

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Edgeworth - Along the Frome Valley near Stroud

We took a ride up the narrow lanes above Stroud to the tiny, and exceptionally wealthy village of Edgeworth today.  The old Grade II listed Edgeworth Manor, next to an old Saxon church, is a delight, and the public footpath goes right through it's gardens.  The rest of the walk follows the River Frome up one side of the valley and back down the other.  The hills are extremely steep, almost like cliffs in some place, so provide some excellent views.  The river is also looking very healthy- I spotted quite a lot of brook trout and was rather wishing I had my fly rod with me (although, strictly speaking, that would have been poaching!).



















Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Salperton

Another very warm, sunny day in the Cotswolds!  This is a little ramble around the little know and little visited village of Salperton in the Central Cotswolds.  Its an estate village, meaning the entire village is owned by the manor house.  Everyone that lives here is a long term tenant, but  they have their homes, and village, kept in immaculate condition by the local landowner.  Not a bad deal!


Saturday, 11 March 2017

A Foggy Spring Round Miserden and Caudle Green

This is a walk I'd been meaning to take for quite some time.  These two pretty villages- well, Caudle Green is more of a hamlet- really are off the beaten path, even by Cotswolds standards.  They lie at the head of the Golden Valley, and the views they offer are as dramatic as they are beautiful.  The walk is fairly well documented, and well sign posted.  Even though it was a lovely Saturday morning, it was very quiet.  I only came across one horse rider and one couple walking their dogs during the whole 5 1/2 miles!


Rolling hills coming down into Misarden Park

The ornamental lake in Misarden Park

A very unusual green/turquoise water, teaming with waterfowl

The young River Frome

Shetland ponies outside Caudle Green

Daffodils coming up on the green

Old Cotswold house on Caudle Green's green- vast views over the valley below!

Mile of open pasture land heading back to Miserden

Parkland with Miserden just visible up ahead

Looking back into he valley

Can you spot the horses that kept watch as we ascended back to the village?

The view from this house's back garden is the two photos above. 

Some interesting mixed architecture in the village

One of two honesty "shops" in the village

A grand entrance to the church

War Memorial opposite the church

The village shop & Post Office.  It was really busy and very well stocked!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Most Haunted Place in the Cotswolds?

Any list I've come across of the "most haunted place in the Cotswolds" lists Woodchester Mansion as number one.  Or at least puts it in the top ten.  I shall leave it to you to decide, should you ever visit.  What I can certainly say, however, is that this unfinished Jacobean mansion set deep in a remote valley near Stroud is as fascinating as it is beautiful.

We went there today for a look, and are looking forward to returning again soon.  I've taken a few photos, including a set from the cellars, where paranormal researchers routinely carry out studies, as this is supposedly a "hot spot" for otherworldly activity.  There just may be a ghost or two captured in the photos... if you spot one, please let me know.

Details of the property and its history are here- http://www.woodchestermansion.org.uk/HomePage.aspx.  And if you want to see just how frightening this place can be, try the all night ghost hunt this Halloween!  http://www.dusktilldawnevents.co.uk/halloween-in-woodchester-mansion-ghost-hunt-p-690.html










And now for the cellar.  Again, if you think you see anything, let me know!