Easter in the Cotswolds

Discussion in 'Travel' started by five-minute-fagbreak, Mar 30, 2009.

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  1. Mrs fagbreak and me are off to the cotswolds for easter and just wondered if any Arrsers had any tips for interesting things to do/see, nice walks, not route marches, just a few miles easy stroll, decent boozers, places to go if/when it pi$$es down with rain that sort of thing.
    Staying near Chipping Campden.
    Thanks in advance for any helpfull hints :wink:
     
  2. Is it that shite there? :(
     
  3. Yes, if it's raining it is.

    Oxford is a drive away, lots of good pubs there, but then you're probably closer to Straford-upon-Avon.

    You could always go and watch planes take off at Brize....

    Take Scrabble, cards and *lots* of wine.
     
  4. Bourton-on-the-water, Stow-on-the wold, Winchcombe (Sudley Castle if open), Broadway (very expensive), are good places to go.

    Avoid gloucester at all costs! Although Slimbridge wetlands & wildfoul trust is not far from it.
     
  5. Avoid the centres of Burton on the Water, Stow, Broadway etc. as they will be full of tourists (sorry, no offence) and can be expensive. If you want to experience the quieter parts of the Cotswolds explore the Windrush valley (roughly parallel to the A40 running between Cheltenham and Burford). They are off the usual tourist track but the little villages have some excellent little pubs and good food. Lots of (easy) walks all around there, as well. However, that may be a little far south of where you are based.

    Closer to Chipping Campden, if you do go in the direction of Broadway (and can get past the Japanese with their huge coaches), have a look at the village of Willersey. It's next to Broadway but not "touristified" at all. Two pubs, village pond etc.

    Also near Broadway is Childswickham with a cider centre...lots of free tasting as some unusual alcoholic beverages. Other villages to see near Broadway are Buckland, Stanton and Laverton. Steam trains at Toddington if that floats your boat. Snowshill (a mile or two outside Broadway) is a National Trust old house with a strange collection of "things."

    Broadway tower is a must-see on your way back to Chipping Campden.

    If you do go off the beaten tracks and want to visit some proper local pubs try the Fox in the Windrush valley, the Green Dragon in Cockleford (off the Cheltenham to Cirencester Road), the Dormy Arms Hotel (just outside Chipping Campden in the direction of Broadway), or the Plough in Prestbury (just outside Cheltenham as you come down Cleeve Hill).

    You could also have a look at Winchcombe. Very old pubs such as the Corner Cupboard and the Plaisterers Arms as well as Sudeley Castle. There are also some nice circular walks around there as well.

    Have a walk up on top of Cleeve Hill (if the weather is agreeable) and look to the north and west over to the Malverns...fantastic views.

    Moreton-in-Marsh is a typical market town worth a look but can be busy and if Shakespeare is for you, then you're not too far from Stratford.

    Most of the towns and larger villages have tourist information centres.

    Have good time, you won't see everything in one weekend but it's the type of place you want to come back to.
     
  6. Oh, and as Leveller said, "Don't go to Gloucester"
     
  7. Cheers all, some good tips there Dubb, you seem to know it well, if all else fails and it's freezing and wet, the log fire and shed loads of beer will do!