Cleeve Hill Diary

January 19, 2015 | stef


  Here is the first of an occasional blog about Cleeve Hill. Cleeve, at 1086 feet, is the highest point of the Cotswolds and one of the highest of the south of England. It is unusual in that it is very flat at the top – like a plateau – and covers a wide area, […]


Visiting the Cotswolds in the Autumn and Winter

October 20, 2014 | admin


Every season has its high points and low points. Whilst the spring and summer may seem like the best times to visit the Cotswolds, that is to overlook the appeal of the other two seasons. The weather? A factor, of course, but given how unpredictable it has become it need not curtail enjoyment, because there […]


Excellent Cotswold Businesses – Man of Straw

March 7, 2014 | admin


Thatch

As we have explained in an earlier post, the Cotswolds region, contrary to what many people expect, is not thatched-roof country – it is mostly limestone slate country. But there are thatched roofs here and there and they need repairing and replacing from time to time. This is skilled and challenging work; and so that […]


Excellent Cotswold Businesses – Ride a Cots(wold) Horse

January 7, 2014 | admin


Charlotte

The Cotswold region is ideal for horse riding. Criss-crossed with a network of bridle paths and quiet roads, much of it is accessible on horseback; and since in the region there is a long tradition of horse breeding and horsemanship in general, excellent riding schools and stables and possibilities for tuition of all kinds abound […]


Excellent Cotswold Businesses – ‘The Champignon Sauvage’

November 13, 2013 | admin


Excellent Cotswold Food

If there is one area of life in Britain that has changed radically in the last thirty years, it is food. When I consider that in my childhood it was thought of as acceptable for the average mid-range restaurant to serve ‘fruit cocktails’ from a tin; that a starter was almost invariably an uninspiring soup […]


William Shakespeare – A Cotswold Man?

September 24, 2013 | admin


Stratford-on-Avon is celebrated as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest of English playwrights. We all know that the authorship of the plays in question is much disputed but for the time being, at any rate, it is accepted that this son of a glover and of the scion of an affluent farming […]


Getting There – Maps & Things

August 7, 2013 | admin


This time, I thought I would go into a little detail about what we provide when you walk and cycle in the Cotswolds: those essentials that make sure you arrive at your destination safely each day. There are two vital components – route notes and maps. In theory one or the other might do at […]


Getting Lost

July 12, 2013 | admin


Getting lost in the Cotswolds

Last month (June) a customer followed our walk in Bath and the surrounding area, which is at the very limits of the Cotswold region, and sent me a very nice letter saying how enjoyable it had all been but that there were a couple of places where the route was unclear – cue for us […]


The Call Of The Wild

June 17, 2013 | admin


Painswick

One of our walking routes, ‘The Cotswold Grand Tour – an alternative to the Cotswold Way’, takes you into parts of the region that other routes cannot reach. The Cotswolds are not wild hills – this is farming country. But there are still remoter stretches which are really only accessible on foot, and that is […]


A Luxurious Cotswold Hotel

May 13, 2013 | admin


In the Cotswolds there is a wonderful array of hotels, some of which we feature on our website and which we use for our customers. In particular, there are several luxury hotels, among which a comparatively new contender has arisen – the Ellenborough Park. Located just outside Cheltenham at the base of Cleeve Hill – […]


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