The Cotswolds, England – UK
The Cotswolds are an amazing escape into the English countryside. It actually comprises of a large area covering five different counties. Drive, train, bus or walk through this gorgeous area, beautiful at any time of the year.
The best way to get around is by car. Many of the bus routes take a very long time and do not run very frequently. Having a car gives you much more freedom to explore many more areas than if you didn’t have a car.
There are frequent train and bus routes throughout the region, the companies vary depending on where you’re going.
Cotswolds Discoverer Pass – If you’re going to be in the area that the train covers than this is a great option as it’s only £10 for the whole day with frequent train times.
- GWR trains between Oxford and Moreton-in-Marsh
- GWR trains between Swindon and Ashchurch for Tewkesbury
- GWR trains between Gloucester and Yate
- Transport for Wales & Cross Country trains between Gloucester and Ashchurch for Tewkesbury
You can also walk! The Cotswold Way is a 102 mile walk that goes through much of the area. But never fear, if you don’t want to walk the whole way you can do day hikes or sections.
Planning a trip
I find it best to pick a town to base yourself out of and take day trips from there. With a car you can pick anywhere that has ample parking. If you don’t have a car see the section below for some suggested places that are well connected.
There is no bad time to go. The summer will be the busiest time and fairly hot weather but everything will be in blossom. Autumn is my favorite because of the fall colors. Winter is beautiful as snow dusts the landscape (but not as nice for walking) and spring is when everything starts to blossom.