Explore the Cotswolds
The Cotswold's in the south west of England is known for its outstanding beauty. With amazing walks and beautiful little villages it is the perfect getaway. People from around the world travel to see what the Cotswold's have to offer. Why not take a campervan around the Cotswold's and see it for yourself.
Here's a route I've made that you could follow and see the sites of the Cotswold's. You could start the route where ever suits you best and you can easily add or remove places along the way. Included in the route is the famous Bourton-on-the-water, Castle Combe and Chipping Campden. If you have more time you could
easily add a trip to the Malvern hills, Burford or the Cotswold water park. Chipping Campden is a beautiful small market town. The town has a picturesque high-street dating from the 14th to 17th century. If you like Chipping Campden a stop to the similar towns of Chipping Sodbury and Chipping Norton can easily be added to your route. Stow-on-the-Wold is another beautiful small town in the Cotswold's. It is full of interesting buildings, such as St Edward's Church, and a dainty market square.
Bourton-On-The-Water is well known for its beauty.
With the river Windrush flowing through it and it's traditional style buildings it is a popular Cotswold destination. You will likely find many other tourists there and on a nice day it is likely to be crowded. However, due to the abundance of tourism there is plenty of things to keep everyone happy. You could visit the motoring museum, check out the birds at Birdland or even take a look at the model village. It's the perfect place to stop for lunch in a pub or have a picnic by the river.
On the way to Castle Combe, why not stop off in Cirencester. Cirencester is another market town but with a slightly different feel to the others. It is a lot larger and slightly more 'bustling'. On a Saturday you will find a nice farmers market next to the beautiful St. John Baptiste church. You could walk around the town and do a bit of shopping or stop off you a coffee and cake. Stretch your legs and get some fresh air with a walk around the remains of an old roman Amphitheatre. Then drive on to Castle Combe, named the 'prettiest village in England', just north of Chippenham. The village is full of beauty and history. Take a walk around and see for yourself.
The largest stop on route is Bath. The start (or end) of the Cotswold way and a picturesque city with lots to do and see.
Most famous for the roman baths it is named after which you can visit and learn all about. Not far from the roman baths is Bath Abbey. It is a stunning piece of perpendicular gothic architecture. Just around the corner from there is the amazing Pultney bridge, work of Scottish architect Robert Adams. The bridge is the most photographed monument in bath and if you fancy a bit of shopping it is full of small interesting shops. The royal Victoria park is perfect for a walk and while you're there take a look at the royal crescent which is an interesting semicircular set of Georgian townhouses. Another place for a nice walk is Prior Park Landscape Garden, which leads on to a 6 mile trail of the Bath skyline walk where you can get the best view of Bath. Find out lots of interesting little facts about bath by taking a walking tour. Bath has lots of different museums, street artists and more, so everyone is happy.
After the hustle and bustle of Bath's beauty head to the countryside where you can find plenty of pretty villages and lovely walks. The map suggests Somerset monument and Tyndale monument. Not far from each other both have an interesting history with stunning views. On the way to Tyndale monument, why not start with a view (from Wotton hill) of Wotton-Under-Edge and surrounding areas, then head through the forest on the well trodden (but not well signposted) path to the monument where you can see all the way to Wales. This is a fairly short (1 hour) and mostly flat walk. After that you can head to Stroud which is full of interesting and independent shops. Take a walk along the tow path and stop off at a local pub or café along the way. With plenty of activities, events and walks in Stroud its all about finding the right one for you. After that stop off at the home of Cheltenham racecourse and discover the amazing things to do around the town.
Finally we have Broadway, no not the musical one. Broadway is a village full of attractions and activities.
Visit the heritage railway, the Broadway tower, the Cotswold farm park and many more. Adapt this route to suit you. Add other towns and villages you've been recommended or would like to see and take away any you don't like the look of.
The Cotswold's is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Home of the stunning 102 mile Cotswold way you will find plenty of amazing walks and stunning towns and villages wherever you go. There are also lots of places to stay with your campervan on this route, such as Cotswold view caravan and camping site, plough lane caravan site, Mayford park and many more. This was a brief look at what the Cotswold's has to offer, you can find lots more information online, then take a look for yourself.