Where: The Cotswolds
How Long: 2 Days
A two day tour winding through the pretty and scenic roads of the Cotswolds in the delightful spring weather. This route includes small country towns, chocolate box villages and typically English countryside.
Tour Operator: Classic Travelling
Available: 23rd Aptil - 25th April 2017
The honey-yellow stone towns and villages of the Cotswolds have enchanted visitors for generations and it is a perfect touring area with quiet, meandering roads and quaint architecture. The Thames has played a major role in the history of England through the centuries. It rises in the Cotswolds and flows some 210 miles to London and the sea. Villages and towns are scattered along its banks with pleasant walks and delightful scenery. This region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and our suggested route will take you along the most scenic drives, and offers plenty to do and see.
Day One: Sunday 23 April
Arrive in Lower Slaughter any time after 3pm and check in to your room. For those arriving early, indulge in afternoon tea by the river, or enjoy a stroll through the village. We shall all be having dinner at 7.30pm.
Day Two: Monday 24 April
Today’s circular tour takes you round the northern part of the Cotswolds. Surrounded by rolling green hills, dotted with sheep that made the area so rich from the wool trade, visit the towns that prospered during those times. Start with Winchcombe, the Saxon capital of Mercia and the nearby Hailes Abbey. Nearby is the Bugatti Trust and Prescott Hill Climb which will appeal to car enthusiasts.
Continue on to the quintessentially English, hilltop village that is Snowshill, owned by the National Trust and then the pretty village of Broadway, just over the border in Worcestershire, where the Cotswolds join the Vale of Evesham. Broadway makes a great place to stop for lunch in one of the fine restaurants dotted along the wide main street. Proceed to Hidcote and the famous gardens and then on to Chipping Norton and Stow on the Wold, before heading back to Lower Slaughter. Dinner will be served at 8pm.
Day Three: Tuesday 25 April
Make your way to Woodstock and visit the splendid Blenheim Palace, home to the Dukes of Marlborough, and now a World Heritage Site. Then head to Stanton Harcourt and Wantage, before heading west to Uffington to see the famous White Horse, carved into the chalk hillside. Drive north to Lechlade on Thames and Burford and then back to Lower Slaughter for tea. There is an optional overnight stay for those who wish, or depart for home.