Vivien’s Day Tour of the North Cotswolds
I have developed this little itinerary for a happy day’s tour of the North Cotswolds from Turkdean.
Bourton on the Water
Best early in the day or in the evening when the lights are twinkling
One of the best of the larger village with some interesting shops
Badgers Hall should not be missed for tea (although it’s closed for refurbishment until Christmas 2016.) Chipping Campden is famed as a home of the Arts & Crafts movement. There’s Hidcote Manor Garden not far away, and Broad Campden is a pretty, thatched village
A truly great house with an amazing fountain (if it is switched on!)
Then head home on little lanes via
A small “Estate village” with a lovely church in the Manor’s grounds
Alternatively, another day, perhaps go South on the A429
and back home once more!
Or if you’re heading towards Oxford or London stop in Burford
If you’re not in a hurry try what I call the wiggly way to Burford: a single lane with passing places through Farmington, Sherborne (where the award-winning village shop is a splendid tea stop) and Windrush to Burford. The lane snakes beside the winding River Windrush looking like a Turner painting, often with cows paddling.
In Burford you can wander up the pretty, hilly High Street or head for the Burford Garden Centre which has become a retail behemoth (in a good way.) You’re spoiled for choice in Burford with The Lamb Inn, The Bay Tree and The Cotswold Arms…
Blenheim is half an hour on from Burford, but you could easily spend the whole day at Blenheim. As well as the Palace itself (Churchill tour AND the State Rooms) there are huge formal gardens, a miniature train, a massive maze, an adventure playground and there’s even a butterfly house in the Summer.