Envision a little village out of the movie Lord of the Rings with its abundance of valleys and fields and small cottages. Sound like a quiet utopia? The Cotswolds is a small, quiet village in England that is a great contrast from city life that most of us are used to. The countryside is beautiful and some of the buildings are old—many were built over 1000 years ago.
The hills and cottages are beautiful and there are photographic opportunities galore if you fancy landscape photography. For the architecture photographer, there’s the Sudeley Castle that was built in the 15th century, Malmesbury Abbey, and the Calcot Manor farmhouse.
The Cotswolds is a great place to travel on foot or by bike, and many designated cycling routes exist.
If you’re there at the right time of year, you can also visit the Cotswold Water Park, Britain’s largest water park. With over 140 lakes, you’re bound to find a private spot on the shore for a picnic or a place to waterski or kayak!
As always, don’t forget to stop at the famous shops, such as Tetbury or Stow-on-the-Wold.
If you seek a vacation in England that differs from the hustle and bustle of the big city, the Cotswolds is a great place to visit.