Swinbrook Families

November 16, 2012 | Christopher

Swinbrook Families

Swinbrook is a small village in Oxfordshire, close to Burford. One might be tempted to call it the quintessential Cotswold village, if it were not for the fact that almost every village in the region can be described thus: there is a small green crossed by a crystalline brook; a pub stands by the bridge […]

At The End Of The Day

October 22, 2012 | Christopher

Cotswold Journeys

When it comes to finding somewhere to sleep at the end of a day’s wandering, we usually think either Bed & Breakfast or Hotel. In the Cotswolds there is an abundance of both and, generally speaking, the standard of both is high. I would say, however, that the pricing and value for money is variable […]

We Are a Camera

October 1, 2012 | Christopher

The Cotswolds is known for its picturesqueness – a word that is a bit twee for its own good, narrowing and diminishing the beauty of the region into something static and lifeless, a great disservice to somewhere that is filled with colour, light and movement. It is astonishing how we can be conditioned into shutting […]

The Maker of Gloucester

September 20, 2012 | Christopher

Somehow, when it comes to English cheeses, we all know of ‘Double Gloucester’ – it goes with the territory, along with Cheddar, Stilton and, of course, with recent assistance from Wallace and Gromit, Wensleydale. But doesn’t the name somehow imply a junior partner – if double, then surely there is also a ‘single’? Indeed there […]

The Only Way is Cotswold

September 10, 2012 | Christopher

Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way is a national trail, which is one of several long distance routes for walking, cycling and horse riding through the finest landscapes in the country. They have all been created by linking existing local footpaths, bridleways and minor roads and by developing new ones where there were missing links. Their genesis goes […]

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 […]

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