Stinking Bishop & Pear Spirit

August 15, 2012 | Christopher


So Dymock is not exactly part of the Cotswolds – fair enough. It lies beyond the vale, close to Herefordshire; but it is in Gloucestershire, where the Cotswolds mostly lie and therefore the connections are strong, whether poetical or musical or agricultural. To the eye the contrast is great – no gilded limestone villages in […]

‘The Most Beautiful Village in England’

August 2, 2012 | Christopher

Arlington Row

Over recent months, this blogger has extolled the glories of Inglesham Church and discussed the merits of Kelmscott Manor. Both of these have something in common and that is the influence of William Morris. The village of Bibury, too, has a connection with the great man, for he famously is supposed to have called it […]

Cotswold Facts [Infographic]

July 25, 2012 | admin

The Cotswolds is an area that is bursting at the seams with history, scenery and great things to do. We decided to try an capture some of the best facts and figures relating to this wonderful area in an infographic. Cotswolds: Fun Facts & Figures – An infographic by the team at Cotswold Journeys Embed […]

Woolly Thinking

July 16, 2012 | Christopher

Dunkirk Mill Centre

Of the well over one hundred mills that once produced cloth in the Stroud Valley in the southern Cotswolds, only two are still woollen cloth mills. The area, however, is stippled with reminders from a time when the manufacture of cloth dominated the local and national economy: terraces of weavers’ cottages on Chalford’s hillside, and […]

News From Nowhere

July 9, 2012 | Christopher


William Morris, the founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement, lived much of his adult life in the Cotswold village of Kelmscott. His house, Kelmscott Manor, owned by the Society of Antiquaries of London, is open to the public two days a week over the summer months. On entering the village, located near Lechlade in […]

Tuscany – the Cotswolds of Italy

June 22, 2012 | admin


I have always thought that the Italian equivalent of the Cotswolds is Tuscany. It has the same beauty that is the product of a happy conjunction of man and nature, a landscape forged from centuries of history and of aesthetic values. I am able to make that direct comparison because I am in Tuscany now, […]

Church Fete – the best ever current buns!

June 15, 2012 | admin

church fete

The Cotswold Way is a national trail, which begins its one hundred mile route in Chipping Campden and completes it in Bath. On the way it passes through some of the most beautiful parts of the Cotswolds, especially between Campden and Painswick. After Painswick the villages are scarcer, the stone a shade greyer, the landscape […]

Pottering Around

June 6, 2012 | admin

In my quest to present the Cotswolds as a living place (with feelings) that does not just sit around looking pretty in the sunshine (though it does this very well when called upon), I went to a pottery. Now, have some patience. A pottery seems, to some, to fit into a similar category as that […]

A View From Abroad

May 28, 2012 | admin

I have just completed a week guiding four genial Americans on foot around the Cotswolds. It is always interesting to look afresh at the region through the eyes of people who are seeing it for the first time. May, anyway, is one of the best times to be here. Everything is green or in bud […]

The Cotswolds: A Fine Example of Ridge and Furrow

May 21, 2012 | admin

Ridge & Furrow

Much of the Cotswolds lie in the county of Gloucestershire, one of the counties where traces of the ridge and furrow farming system is much in evidence. When you see a field of grass and buttercups growing out of a corrugated surface, rippling, if the sun is at the right angle, in alternate strips of  […]

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