Following our detailed feature about a delightful trip to the Cotswolds, here are the highlights of great things to do during a trip to this beautiful part of the UK.
1. Walk in the Park
After a stroll down the tree-lined Broad Ride in Cirencester Park, stop for a chocolate sweet at Lick the Spoon inCirencester, the unofficial capital of the Cotswolds. lickthespoon.co.uk
2. Mill Around
Enjoy an “orgasmic” ice-cream cone (but beware the cream tea) at The Old Mill in Lower Slaughter,a water mill turned museum and gift shop. oldmill-lowerslaughter.com
3. Make Pollan Proud
Farm-to-plate, free-range, locavore? You’ll find it at Daylesford Organic Farm, a 100-percent-organic farm shop, dairy creamery and café. Real food author Michael Pollan would certainly approve. daylesford.com/kingham
4. Stow Away
If it’s cream tea you’re after, drop by Stow-on-the-Wold’s Huffkins Bakery & Tea Rooms. They say British prime minister David Cameron is a fan. huffkins.com
5. Be A-mazed
Bourton-on-the-Water’s Dragonfly Maze may sound like it’s for kids, but adults will enjoy the clues hidden in the yew-hedged living labyrinth, too. thedragonflymaze.com
6. Off-road It
The Cotswolds were named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the British government, so don’t zip through on the motorways. Explore the A- and B-roads (or smaller) to get the best countryside views.
7. Go Roman
Visit Chedworth Roman Villa or, if you have time, venture to the southern edge of the Cotswolds to Bath to see the world-famous baths. Stay at One Three Nine Bath, a delightful bed-and-breakfast located in a Victorian home just ten minutes’ walk from the city centre. 139bath.co.uk
8. Go Telly Touring
Relive your favourite Downton Abbey moments in the villages of Swinbrook, Shilton and Bampton. The show’s magnificent main stage, Highclere Castle, is open to the public, but you’ll have to drive about an hour south of Oxford to see it. visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com
9. Walk This Way
Strap on your walking shoes for the Cotswold Way, a 102-mile trail that follows an old Roman route from Bath to Chipping Camden. It takes about a week to complete.
10. Get Off the Beaten Path
Visit a few of the lesser-known villages in the Cotswolds. The most talked about towns are very picturesque, but they are the also most heavily travelled.
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