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  • THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: NORTH COTSWOLDS
  • Post author
    Alison Readings

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: NORTH COTSWOLDS

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: NORTH COTSWOLDS

Travelling to the Cotswolds this year? Take a look at our rundown of some popular north Cotswold tourist spots with a slightly lesser known but equally as good (if not better) alternative.

Confetti Fields at Wick Pershore Confetti Direct

Cotswold Lavender vs Confetti Fields at Wick

If you’re after the sight of a glorious colourful summer field then look no further than Cotswold Lavender. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswold hills overlooking Broadway and the Vale of Evesham is this family run lavender farm.

The farm has over 40 different varieties with 140 miles of rows and 500,000 plants in total.

It is open between 8th June – 4th August and the best time to see the flowers in full bloom is the beginning of June. Later on in the season at its peak, the lavender is harvested.

There is also a farm shop and tea room.

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Alternatively, another simply stunning farm to visit is The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company at Wyke Manor, Wick near Pershore. The fields are open to the public during the summer, usually for only a few weeks. A slightly more ‘natural’ setup than Cotswold Lavender. Parking is usually alongside the fields and the pathways are unsuitable for those with mobility issues or pushchairs. There is a mini ‘confetti café’ with toilets and seating for those unable to walk too far. The fields are full of brightly coloured delphiniums (larkspur) and cornflowers. The flowers are chosen specifically for their ability to retain shape and colour when dried to make the confetti. The confetti is natural and biodegradable.

 www.broadway-cotswolds.co.uk

(Photo: www.broadway-cotswolds.co.uk)

Best known picture postcard villages: Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-water vs Blockley

Visit all of the best known picture postcard villages in the Cotswolds. Broadway has a wide high street full of bustling shops and cafes in beautiful Cotswold stone. Stow-on-the-wold has a lovely market square, again with plenty of stunning buildings and shops to look around. Bourton-on-the-water is the Venice of the Cotswolds with little bridges spanning the river Windrush and shops and restaurants either side. Every village becomes busy during the summer months but whatever time of year you go there are plenty of people to add to the atmosphere of these ancient villages.

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Want to get away from the hustle and bustle? Visit a village like Blockley. Blockley is a large village situated between Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden. It was the main centre of the silk industry in the 18th and 19th centuries with the mills using the water of the brook that runs through the village. The Blockley Village Café is a licensed establishment offering breakfast, brunch, lunch and cream tea and now a set Friday night menu from 6.30pm £23.50 for 3 courses.

 

Daylesford Organic vs Every farm shop in the region

Daylesford Organic is situated in Kingham near to Moreton-in-Marsh. It is ‘one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK’ according to the website and has a beautiful series of buildings open to visitors, housing a delicious organic restaurant, shop with deli counters and a home and garden area. Daylesford hosts events throughout the year and also has its own spa, The Bamford Haybarn.

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For a less luxurious alternative yet still with the goodness of finding locally produced fruit, vegetables and meat, stop at any of the farm shops you come across on your travels around the Cotswolds. Alongside main roads and down the lanes there is a plethora of little pop up shops supplying the best the Cotswolds has to offer. Some to mention include Wayside Farm Shop in Wickhamford near Broadway, The Cotswold Food Store & Café near Stow-on-the-Wold and Wyatts Garden Centre and Farm Shop at Rollright.

 

Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park vs All Things Wild

If you’re looking to take the kids somewhere for a day out then Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is an obvious choice. The farm park was originally opened in 1971 by Adam’s father to protect rare breeds.

Walk around the farm and see lots of animals, most of whom are eagerly waiting for handfuls of feed. There is a large play park area, indoors and outdoors. Visitors can hold and touch animals in the experience barn and take a tour of the site on the farm safari tractor. There are two snack bars and a restaurant to keep hungry tums at bay. Open from February to the winter (date tbc)

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If the kids prefer wild animals then another local alternative is All Things Wild in Honeybourne near Evesham. Again a large farm type setup but with animals such as zebras, camels and insects. There’s even the odd dinosaur! Indoor soft play and giant sand pit, go karts, mini golf, animal walk throughs, play parks and demonstrations. Plenty of things to do for a whole day with a large café area.

 Photo www.visitcheltenham.com

(Photo: www.visitcheltenham.com)

A walk with a view: Broadway Tower vs Cleeve Hill

A walk starts in the village and heads up Fish Hill on a well-worn track that climbs the steep fields to Broadway Tower, which commands an impressive position astride the hilltop. Once at the top you’re greeted with the Tower and country park. Deer graze nearby and the little Morris and Brown café serves welcome refreshments. The walk is not for the faint hearted although a rest at the top of each field provides an even greater view of Worcestershire and beyond.

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Want to start at the top? Head to Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham. There are plenty of places to park, with viewpoints aplenty. Head along the front of the hill for unrivalled views of the Gloucestershire scenery including a spectacular aerial view of Cheltenham Racecourse. Just avoid the golf balls! They say if you can see the Malvern Hills it’s raining where you are and if you can’t then rain is on its way.

Head around the back of the hill for a circular walk towards the old sheep washpool and experience a quieter view of the hills rolling towards the pretty village of Winchcombe.

 

We hope you enjoy your trip to the Cotswolds and look forward to meeting you when you visit Broadway. Want to arrange a chat? Contact us in advance.

 

  • Post author
    Alison Readings