Exploring the Cotswolds was one of my favorite parts of our trip so far! Both Dave and I really wanted to see the area, so we made sure to incorporate it into our time in England. We only spent one day, but I wish we could have spent way more time there! The Cotswolds covers a huge area full of sheep dotted pastures, rolling hills, and the quaintest little English towns. It’s basically heaven! We drove around from town to town, stopping in some and just passing through others. It was so hard not to stop at all of them! I already want to plan another vacation for just the Cotswolds. 😉
We started off at Bourton-on-the-Water, which is one of the larger towns. It’s known as the “Venice of the Cotswolds” because there’s a river flowing right through the middle of the town with bridges everywhere. It was so lovely! The fall foliage was stunning, and we had a blast strolling around all the shops and stopping every few minutes to gawk at cute cottages. It’s crazy that people actually live in these adorable places!! We ended up getting SO lucky with the weather- it was chilly, but partly sunny and nice enough to sit outside, so we warmed up with a nice cup of tea by the river before heading off to our next destination.
Our next stop was Stow-on-the-Wold, where we popped into the Bell at Stow for a classic English pub lunch. And how could we not?! It was pretty much the cutest place ever, and since it’s off season, we pretty much had the place to ourselves! I ordered a traditional steak and ale pie, which was one of the best things I’ve eaten on the trip, and Dave had the fish and chips. It was definitely one of our most memorable meals! I’m still dreaming about my pie…
When I wasn’t obesessing over the adorable towns, I was seriously obsessed with the gorgeous pastures and the adorable sheep that were literally everywhere! We pulled over to find this amazing field with a view to frolic around and snap a few photos. I could have spent the whole day just hiking around the pasture, it was so beautiful!
We continued on our way and drove through the towns of Upper Slaughter, Lower Slaughter, and Burford. They were all idyllic, charming little towns that are all worth visiting, and each town is more picturesque than the next. You really can’t go wrong in the Cotswolds!