Friday 22 March 2019

7 incredible places to discover in the Cotswolds

Rolling countryside, quaint villages and breathtaking views for miles, the Cotswolds has some of the most glorious areas to explore. Take the Cotswold Discovery Trail to soak-up some of the county's must-visit spots.

With a rich history, beautiful buildings and glorious countryside, there’s so much to explore in the Cotswolds.

And whether you’re strapped for time or just want to see the very best the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer, the Cotswold Discovery Trail is a great way to tick off all the best parts – with both north and south routes available.


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Cotswold Discovery Trail offers two self-guided driving routes to explore the north and south Cotswolds through its expert-devised Trail Packs. With a total drive time of two to three hours, the trails are each marked with postcodes for beautiful stop-off points to pull over, take a stroll and see stunning places rich in history and culture.

Perfect for families, couples or large groups, the Trail Packs include a range of questions designed to get you hunting for clues. Each route is circular, has several starting points and can be completed in one day too.

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Providing a great excuse to see the very best the area has to offer, Cotswold Discovery Trail is built on the philosophy of ‘screen free’ time and with each trail pack purchased, Cotswold Discovery Trail makes a donation to the Caring for the Cotswold Scheme.

SoGlos has handpicked seven highlights from both routes in the Cotswold Discovery Trail below…

For more information and to purchase packs, visit cotswolddiscoverytrail.com directly.


1. Painswick Beacon


One of the stunning stop-offs on the Discovery Trail’s south Cotswold route, Painswick Beacon is the perfect spot to blow away the cobwebs and take in the panoramic views.

Forming part of the Cotswold Way, it’s little wonder this gem makes its way onto the Cotswold Discovery Trail. Pack a picnic or simply enjoy the glorious views before heading back to the car to explore the next destination…


2. Stow-on-the-Wold


Packed with quintessential Cotswold charm, Stow-on-the-Wold is brimming with beautiful buildings, cute coffee shops and quaint cobbled streets.

The highest town in the Cotswolds, Stow-on-the-Wold used to be renowned for its sales of livestock, hence the aptly-named Sheep Street. Discover more about its history and pick up fascinating facts about the pretty market town.


3. Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre


One of the largest Roman amphitheatre remains in Britain, Cirencester Roman Amphitheatre could once seat 8,000 people. That’s more than Cheltenham Football Club’s home stadium!

A must-see for history lovers, the site is included as one of the stops along the south route of the Cotswold Discovery Trail.


4. Broadway Tower


Wrap around views and rolling countryside as far as you can see, Broadway Tower is a breathtaking spot for taking in the Cotswolds below.

Stop off at the café for a bite to eat and a coffee with a view, or scale the height of the tower and get an even more impressive look-out from the top.


5. Tetbury


Home to Highgrove House and steeped in Anglo-Saxon history, Tetbury boasts an ancient hill fort and plenty of places to explore on foot.

Park up in the market town, browse for antiques, and look out for the answers to the questions on the Cotswolds Discovery Trail map.


6. Winchcombe


Narrow streets and Cotswold charm are in abundance in Winchcombe. Forming part of the Discovery Trail’s north route, the town’s streets sweep round with a curve and promise little pockets of history all around.

Walk along the main road searching for clues and historic plaques which reveal more about the town’s heritage. And look out for nearby Sudeley Castle too.


7. Bourton-on-the-Water


Cotswold stone, pretty riverside walks and the model village all form part of Bourton-on-the-Water’s charm.

Stroll along the riverside, head to a tea shop and soak-up the medieval history before hopping back in the car to continue the Cotswold Discovery Trail.


The Cotswold Discovery Trail map is available to purchase by visiting cotswolddiscoverytrail.com directly.

By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Monday 25 February 2019

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