An autumn visit to the Cotswolds

We don’t have too many more beautiful autumn days before the rainy season descends upon us, and we also don’t know if there will be any sort of local/national lockdown ahead of us in the coming months either, so we decided to take advantage of a lovely, crisp, fall day.

We live about an hour’s drive away from the Cotswold villages. We decided to choose two to amble through: Burton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. (By the way, I just learned that ‘wold’ is the old English term for ‘hill’, and that’s where ‘Cotswolds’ got their name, as they’re a little hilly).

You can’t really take a bad picture in these perfect little villages. So the whole point of this blog post is to share my pictures. Enjoy!

Burton-on-the-Water
Eric and Sophie on a footbridge

On warm summer days, people just walk right into this very shallow river (like a few inches deep) and cool off and play. But it was about 10°C in the sun today so the only things in the water were ducks (though still a lot of people lining up for ice cream!).

It’s a very touristy place. We browsed a few shops (I enjoyed the antique shops), and it was pretty crowded with staycation tourists like ourselves, but the village was very clean, pleasant, and welcoming.

Then we went on to Stow-on-the-Wold, about 15 minutes away, but a much bigger town. This town was also way busier, but that could also be because it was later in the day by then. However, we had little trouble finding parking right in the town square, close to everything.

Stow-on-the-Wold is where St. Edward’s Church is, a medieval church with much history.

However, the most famous thing about St. Edward’s Church, and one of the most photographed things in the Cotswolds, is the North Door of the church, with ancient yew trees flanking it, growing right into the church!

Then we went to lunch. We picked a small tea room to support local and they were the best covid-safe place I’ve been to since this all started! In case you’re ever in the Cotswolds, we highly recommend  The Old Bakery Tea Room. Not only did they ask us to sign-in/or check-in with the NHS Covid app, when we said we had already, he asked us to open our phones and show proof. Some people may dislike this sort of fastidiousness, but I fully appreciate it. I didn’t view a single hygiene infraction while I was there, by anyone. (Also, the food was fresh and delicious!!)

After lunch, we walked about a bit to see the area. I can’t walk too far, but it’s not a long distance to walk around this cute little place!

And that was our wee 3-hour venture into the Cotswolds. I see how you could totally take a week or so (ok, maybe just a nice long weekend) and explore each of these small villages. I also could see that during non-Covid times, they would be absolutely overrun with tourists!! However, we had a lovely day today- hope you enjoyed some of our photos!

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