A couple of days in Cotswolds

Cotswolds

I love England. It’s one of those rare countries that I seem to go back to again and again with my boyfriend. We always plan to go elsewhere but somehow end up in England.

So it’s only fitting that I should start this blog by writing about one of the prettiest areas in the country: Cotswolds.

A couple of days in Cotswolds

Cotswolds is all about the great outdoors. There are small picturesque villages, green rolling hills and thatched cottages. We decided to stay in a lovely little town called Chipping Campden. We arrived there by bus from Stratford upon Avon – our previous stop – and a few days later continued by bus and train from Chipping Campden to Bath.

Lovely Chipping Campden
Lovely Chipping Campden

Our hotel in Chipping Campden was called The Red Lion Inn and it was really cosy with a wonderful breakfast.

The Red Lion Inn, Chipping Campden
The Red Lion Inn, Chipping Campden

Searching for Cotswold Way

The weather was wonderful. I had planned for us a walk from Chipping Campden to another town called Broadway and the route would go via Broadway Tower, a local sight. I had read beforehand that the route is well marked so I didn’t worry too much about it. Surely we would find our way easily. Well, our walk didn’t start off very smoothly. On our way out from the hotel I asked one of the staff whether they knew which way we should go if we wanted to walk to the Broadway Tower and Broadway. She looked rather shocked and was wondering if we really planned to walk all the way there. My boyfriend didn’t look happy. I had convinced him that it wouldn’t be such a long walk. Another person came in and was equally skeptical about it. I thought this was a rather popular walk (on a route called Cotswold Way) and I had read about it and was determined to do it. They showed us which way they thought we should probably start walking.

Well, they thought wrong. We walked through a field and eventually asked a local who wasn’t too sure about the direction either but was certain that it wouldn’t be in the direction we were in right then. So we walked back and eventually with the help of some other locals finally found our way to the right track.

Dover's Hill at the very start of our walk
Dover’s Hill at the very start of our walk
Easy walking on Cotswold Way
Easy walking on Cotswold Way
Finally at Broadway Tower
Finally at Broadway Tower
Short break at a cafe close to the Broadway Tower
Short break at a cafe close to the Broadway Tower
I love my cider so I had to try a local one
I love my cider so I had to try a local one
Broadway
Broadway

Beautiful gardens in Cotswolds

The next day we took a bus from Chipping Campden to a nearby village called Mickleton and walked from there to a couple of gardens called Hidcote Manner Gardens and Kiftsgate Court Gardens. The walk was really nice although it was uphill on our way there.

Uphill walk to Hidcote Manner and Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Uphill walk to Hidcote Manner and Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Hidcote Manner Gardens entrance
Hidcote Manner Gardens entrance

It was early in the morning but Hidcote Manner Gardens was busy with people already, it seemed to be a very popular garden. Kiftsgate Court Gardens was just around the corner but there were hardly any people there when we visited that garden after Hidcote.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Kiftsgate Court Gardens - Water Garden
Kiftsgate Court Gardens – Water Garden

We’re not really into gardening but we really enjoyed visiting both gardens and were happy with our day as we were walking down the hill back to Mickelton town centre. We enjoyed a really nice late lunch at a local pub/restaurant called Kings Arms.

Late lunch at Kings Arms, Mickleton
Late lunch at Kings Arms, Mickleton

The following day we continued our way to Bath, but that’s another story 🙂

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