Stopping By England

A range of hills in southwestern England, not far off from Oxford, is the Cotswolds and the area is one of the country’s most desired holiday destinations. For its landscape of rolling green hills and lakes and to stay in the picturesque villages that can be found throughout the region the reason visitors come to stop by.

Most tourists visit villages Northleach, Cheltenham, Cirencester, and Chipping Campden. These places attract tourists for their buildings are made from local limestone wherein they can enjoy a variety of tea shops and bed and breakfasts.

When visiting the area, don’t miss the Broadway Tower.  Built on a hilltop, this 18th-century castle is more than 1,000 feet above sea level and is the second highest point in the Cotswolds. As travelers can see as many as 16 different counties from the tower, the views are fantastic and breathtaking!

One of the largest towns in the area is Cirencester and is the so-called “Capital of the Cotswolds.” Majority of the city’s buildings date back to the 18th century although it has a long history dating back to the Roman era, and was a vital trading center throughout the Middle Ages. Nonetheless, the town is worth to visit. One of the best part when visiting is its Market Place, which is packed with marketeer every day of the week.

The village of Northleach not far from Cirencester,  is another popular destination. The significant attraction is the village’s Market Place just like Cirencester, which dates back to the wool trade of the Medieval Period. The town’s buildings have its history on its own because it dates back to that period as well, and are very quaint.

Chipping Campden is another village whose medieval identity can be easily seen. The town has a small High Street that is lined with historic homes and small shops and can be seen at the northern end of the hills. Built upon an older outdoor trading post and in lieu of a Market Place, the village has a Market Hall that dates back to the 17th century.

Ultimately, the village of Cheltenham is another big draw. The town is ideal for tourists, as it’s a bustling place with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and hotels and its local spring had made the town Britain’s most popular spa destination.

Visitors may want to experience visiting off-peak for some peace and quiet or getting out and exploring the local countryside a bit more because the high-season usually sees these villages swamped with tourists. The Log House Holidays company rents out log cabins with hot tubs to visitors, most of which are set on pleasant lakes in the countryside. For a few hundred miles from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath, one may otherwise hit the Cotswold Way trail that stretches across the region.