The Cotswolds: A Photo Essay

After a lovely couple of days in Bath and Cheddar Gorge, the last stop on our mini road trip was the Cotswolds where we planned on seeing some of England’s greenest countryside and stopping off at several of its small villages before heading back home.  As is typical in England, it rained pretty much the whole time, but this didn’t make the area any less beautiful.  In fact, I took so many photos that I just had to share all the prettiness of the Cotswolds with you.

 

The tiny village reminded me slightly of the village from the film Hot Fuzz.  Hopefully there are not so many axe murderers here though!

The tiny village of Lacock reminded me of the village from the film Hot Fuzz. Hopefully there are not so many axe murderers here though!

 

Lacock is home to some of the oldest remaining houses in the UK. Some tilt forward precariously and look like they’re about to crumble down making it the perfect setting for the many films and TV shows the village can be seen in including Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice.

 

 

 

Because every village in the Cotswolds has to have a tea room!

 

Castle Combe is said to be England’s prettiest village and I have to completely agree with that

 

 

 

The locals of Castle Combe watching a play on the lawn.  I don't think you can get any more typically old-fashioned English than that!

The locals of Castle Combe watching a play on the lawn. I don’t think you can get any more typically old-fashioned English than that!

 

Cakes sold on doorsteps with an honest box for you to put your money in. People are a lot more trustworthy in the Cotswolds than they are in London!

 

The terrace and lovely view from our bed and breakfast

 

 

Even in the rain Bibury is still green and beautiful

 

 

 

The row of weavers’ cottages in Arlington Row in Bibury is one of the most photographed places in the Cotswolds

 

Having fun road tripping around the Cotswolds despite the constant rain

Having fun road tripping around the Cotswolds despite the constant rain

 

 

Having fun at the duck races in Bourton on the Water. Mr Ayla loved letting his inner child out here!

 

 

Bourton on the Water is one of the bigger and more touristy villages in the Cotswolds but it's still just as gorgeous and green

Bourton on the Water is one of the bigger and more touristy villages in the Cotswolds but it’s still just as gorgeous and green

 

There are so many cute cottages all over the Cotswolds but this one in Upper Slaughter has got to be the cutest

 

 

One last stop for a delicious afternoon tea at Huffkin’s Bakery in Burford

 

Have you been to the Cotswolds?  Which was your favourite village?

 

28 thoughts on “The Cotswolds: A Photo Essay

    • Ayla says:

      Thanks Emily 🙂 Bibury was one of the prettiest villages we stopped at in the Cotswolds. Just picture perfect. Even in the rain it was still beautiful so any time of year it would be lovely.

  1. thegrownupgapyear says:

    I love everything about this post: pretty villages, flowers, teashops and honesty boxes for cake – I may have to move there! I was once working at a local paper when they asked me to cover a duck race. I arrived expecting that they were going to race real ducks and was very disappointed when I found out it was rubber ones!

    • Ayla says:

      Haha but by the time we were all finished there would be no cake left for anyone else in the village! 😉 That’s what I thought when Alex told me there was a duck race on! All the real ducks were a bit freaked out by the pretend ones chasing them up the river!

  2. Travel Candy says:

    I work just around the corner from Bibury and am lucky enough to drive along the picturesque roads most days. Next time you’re our way, try the 7a Coffee Shop in Fairford – it does THE best brownies in the world. Fact.

    I wrote a blog post about them 🙂
    Claire x
    (Travelcandy.net)

  3. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

    I love the duck race thing – so cute!! Also I had no idea some of these villages were featured in Pride and Prejudice – I really wish I’d done more research before I went there 4 years ago – was only there 1 night and seeing all this makes me wish I’d stayed for longer! Such a cute pic of you and Mr Ayla 😀

    • Ayla says:

      We were only there for 1 night too but would have loved longer. We saw quite a few villages but there is so much more I’ve heard good things about. We’ll both have to return one day 🙂

  4. Lucy Dodsworth says:

    Lovely – I’ve never been to Bibury (despite living about 15 miles away!) but looks gorgeous. Have a Cotswold weekend planned in January so will have to get out and actually see a bit more.

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