The England of your imagination, the Cotswolds are a network of thatched cottages and honey-coloured villages facing gently trickling streams. So beautiful is the area, it was declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has inspired many a literary genius.
Covering nearly 800 square miles across five counties (Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire), the “wolds”, or rolling hills, is the biggest of the 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales.
The Cotswold Way makes up a 102-mile network across five counties of trails perfect for ambling, cycling or horse riding. Along the way, you may bump into the locals getting up to mischief – the annual Cheese-Rolling chase down Cooper’s Hill being one of the areas more famous events.
Picture perfect pubs serve seasonal English roast by roaring fires and only two hours from London, do not rule out a day trip to the Cotswolds to escape the city.