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

Wyck Rissington
Saxon Church and wide greens, my favourite village

The Slaughters
Walk to the Old Mill to see the ford, the ducks and a row of lovely cottages

One of the best of the larger village with some interesting shops

Chipping Campden
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

The Ebrington Arms is a very proper English pub with good food

A honeypot village with excellent views from Broadway Tower

This little golden village has a great 17th century pub, The Mount Inn, at the top of the hill

Stanway House
A truly great house with an amazing fountain (if it is switched on!)

The Manor & Garden (NT) and lavender farm in season with teashop

Then head home on little lanes via

Guiting Power
A village with a Post Office, a bakery and two pubs!  A beautiful village too

The Black Horse is really a charming and very horsey, doggy “local”

A small “Estate village” with a lovely church in the Manor’s grounds

Back home!


Alternatively, another day, perhaps go South on the A429

A famous yellow car and a lovely row of cottages (Arlington Row), trout stream and ducks

Yanworth and Chedworth
A lovely country drive with the possibility of taking in the National Trust’s Roman Villa too and a quick stop at the Seven Tuns

Famed for its airshow in July, but also an important Church with wonderful stained glass windows

A lovely country market town and the capital of the Cotswolds where you might check out Made by Bob

Known principally for Barnsley House Hotel, the Village Pub is also well worth a visit if you’re in the area

A market town which is still great for antique hunting – excellent shop for grandfather clocks and of course, a drive-by of Highgrove (if you haven’t booked a garden tour!)

Just South of Tetbury the Arboretum is a great place for a walk

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 InnThe Bay Tree and The Cotswold Arms

Blenheim Palace
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.