Stretching all the way from Warwickshire in the North to Somerset in the south, the Cotswolds are in fact a range of hills 90 miles long and 25 miles wide. Due to the preservation of its medieval charm the Cotswolds is known today as an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), virtually unspoilt by modern industry. This idyllic countryside of rolling hills and chocolate box cottages its quite sparsely populated, with only around 85000 people living in across whole region, although it receives 38,000,000 visitors ever year.

Views From Cotswolds Edge © Travel About Britain

Farmland covers most of the area and farming has always been big business here. Most of the honey coloured stone villages, so loved by tourists, were built on the proceeds of sheep farming, during the booming wool trade in the 13th to 15th centuries. When the native Cotswold sheep became famous throughout Europe for their heavy fleeces and high quality wool.

With over 3000 miles of footpaths to explore, including the 100 mile long Cotswold Way, stretching from Chipping Camden in the north to Bath in the south, it is a great area to explore on foot.

Map of the Cotswolds


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