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 – […]


The Bottom Line

April 10, 2013 | admin


Traffic Now – After 1400 Houses? The Cotswold region is the largest AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – in the country. An official designation, it is a recognition of the region’s singular characteristics, in terms of scenery, history, geology and nature. Ultimately, it is a conservation measure. Like all such measures, it has […]


Ring Out Those Bluebells

March 13, 2013 | Christopher


It will not be long before a familiar, breathless scent will assail anyone walking in British ancient woodland – that of the common bluebell, or Hyacinthoides non-scripta, which is native to the western parts of Atlantic Europe, from north-western Spain to the Netherlands and to Britain and Ireland. Notwithstanding its fairly wide distribution, it reaches […]


Sal Fresco

January 3, 2013 | Christopher


One of the endearing things about stereotypical images and reputations is the array of wonders that lie concealed beneath them. In the Cotswolds, for example, it is perfectly possible, by reputation, to imagine a land inhabited by hobbits – a fantastical place of cute villages and self-satisfied folk. There are, admittedly, plenty of pretty corners […]


Tour Des Cotswolds

December 17, 2012 | Christopher


From the point of view of a cyclist, the Cotswolds has a lot to offer. After all, it is a pretty large area and for those who want to see as much as possible but prefer to do without a car, the bicycle is the way to go. Still, we had better get one thing […]


The South Cotswold Ring: Top Ten Moments

November 27, 2012 | Christopher


South Cotswold Ring

The couple below did a tailor-made walk that was a combination of the Cotswold Ring and the South Cotswold Ring. We wanted to share their top ten moments with you. ‘It was everything we’d dreamed of and hoped for. In honor of your hospitality and in the spirit of David Letterman’s “Top 10” list, we […]


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