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2 day weekend tour South Cotswold Villages

This 2 day tour covers approximately 60 miles.

This is a 2 day weekend tour starting in the large Gloucestershire village of Bourton on the Water, with an overnight stay in the West Oxfordshire medieval town of Burford, before heading back to Bourton on the Water on day 2.

This tour is all about the Cotswolds it is as simple as that. We spend two days touring through the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We pass through picture perfect idyllic village after village, and cycle through some of the finest countryside in England.

Overview and highlights

We start in Bourton-on-the-Water. The village of Bourton-on-the-Water is known for its picturesque High Street, and the River Windrush. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges. These arched bridges have led to Bourton-on-the-Water being called the "Venice of the Cotswolds".

Local attractions in Bourton-on-the-Water include a model village (which includes a model of the model village itself (a model within a model!)), and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

Bourton

We aim to be leaving Bourton-on-the-Water around 09:15. From Bourton-on-the-Water we had the short distance to Upper and Lower Slaughter. Lower Slaughter is one of the most picture perfect of the small Cotswold villages. It sits beside the little Eye stream and is known for its unspoilt limestone cottages in the traditional Cotswold style. The stream running through the village is crossed by two small bridges and the local attraction is a converted mill with original water wheel.

Lower slaughter

It’s then on to the northern reaches of the idyllic Windrush valley and Naunton. The river Windrush flows through the village and its water meadows, making it as picturesque as any of its neighbours. Climb the hill for a really good view of church and village.


Naunton

From here we head for Chedworth. 


Chedworth

Chedworth is very much off the beaten tourist track and is a hidden unspoilt gem.  Unlike many villages it does not have a village centre; instead it extends over a distance of more than a mile along and above a small valley. It comprises Lower, Middle and Upper Chedworth but without any distinct boundaries. If you have the time and inclination there is a nearby Roman villa that you can visit. This is one of the largest Roman villas in Britain.


Chedworth Roman villa

Now it’s on to the picturesque River Windrush valley. We pass through a string of picture postcard villages before coming to the stop for the night in Burford. Burford is considered the southern gateway to the Cotswolds. A beautiful old Cotswold town, its High Street sloping from the high Wolds, where you have beautiful views over the open countryside, down to the willow fringed River Windrush in the pretty Windrush valley. A fine three arched medieval bridge crosses the river at the foot of the hill.

We aim to arrive in Burford by mid to late afternoon. We will take your luggage to your chosen overnight accommodation.


Burford

On day 2 we aim to be on the road by 09:15. We head north, passing through both Milton and Shipton under Wynchwood. From here we come to Kingham. In 2004 a Country Life panel judged Kingham to be "England's Favourite Village".


Kingham

The next village we pass through is Adlestrop. The novelist Jane Austen visited Adlestrop House, formerly the rectory, at least three times between 1794 and 1806. She is thought to have drawn inspiration from the village and its surroundings for her novel Mansfield Park.

From here we head on to Stow-on-the-Wold. Stow-on the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns standing exposed on 800 feet high Stow Hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.


Stow-on-the-Wold

Its then only a few miles before we are back in Lower Slaughter and finally in Bourton-on-the-Water.