I wanted for a very long time to visit the Cotswolds! I've heard so many nice things about those little villages that it made me fall in love with them before even seeing them.
Well, after so many years I've finally visited 4 little and beautiful villages in the Cotswolds area. The Cotswolds actually covers 6 counties! That's a lot of farmland. It includes the city of Bath were Jane Austen lived and Stratford-upon-Avon where William Shakespeare was born and buried. Winston Churchill is also a famous figure to have been born in this area.
It was simply beautiful! Those small villages represent the harmony of the English heritage, the beauty of which we read in those classy books.
It is the perfect weekend getaway from London or any other crowded city. You can just relax, eat some traditional food and enjoy the sights.
Did you know that this rich golden colour of all the houses in that area is coming from the Limestone from which they were all built. The Cotswolds is famous in the whole world thanks to the Limestone and is still very popular nowadays.
No wonder why The Cotswolds is the largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) in the UK. It is simply breathtaking. The peace on the streets, the few people going to church or walking their dogs, or sipping coffee in the morning at their local cafe's is simply mesmerising.
Well, these are just a few of the pictures that I've taken of the Cotswolds. And to be honest, they do not represent even half of the beauty of that area. Only the human eye can really see and admire at it's best.
Of course, the best way is to drive. It saves you time and you will not be that tired at the end of the day as you would be if you were travelling by public transport.
You could take the National Express coach from London Victoria. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to get there and it may cost you up to £20 one way. But do plan ahead if you are on a tight budget!
Trains from London Paddington are also available almost every hour. Once again, you have to plan in advance if you are on a tight budget. It will take you 1 to 2 hours to get there by train. The trains do not stop in the small villages I was talking about, and neither does the coach, but you can get off at any of these stations and take the local buses: Bath, Cheltenham, Stratford, Chippenham, Gloucester, Kemble, Moreton-in-Marsh, Kingham and Oxford.
I also found out that many Hollywood celebrities have their own houses in this area especially villages which are closer to Bath, and no wonder why, Bath is a magical little city.