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Adventurer – Autumn/Winter

The village of Bampton in the CotswoldsTh Cotswold Adventurer Tour introduces visitors to some of the most enchanting villages of the Cotswolds. Please note that these details relate to the Autumn/Winter itinerary for this tour, which differs slightly during the Spring/Summer period.

We begin by driving to the ancient market town of Bampton, one of the oldest towns in England, Bampton is now known and recognised the world over as the village of Downton in the popular television period drama about the Earl of Grantham and the Crawley family, who lived in the supposedly nearby Downton Abbey. Notable Bampton locations include the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, and the town library, which doubled as the entrance to the cottage hospital. The old rectory in Bampton was used for the exterior shots of the house where Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) lived.

We continue via Kelmscott, the home of the Arts and Crafts founder, William Morris. The renowned textile designer was also a poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist, and lived in the manor at Kelmscott from 1871 until his death in 1896, and is reputed to have drawn much inspiration from the beautiful landscape that surrounds the village.

Bibury in the CotswoldsWe travel on to Lechlade on the River Thames, from where our journey takes us through some charming Cotswold stone villages to idyllic riverside location of Bibury. One of the most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, Bibury straddles the river Coln, with a profusion of 16th century stone cottages, an extensive trout farm and charming gardens.

Cheltenham - the Capital of the CotswoldsHeading up the Coln Valley we travel through a succession of stone villages, hidden valleys and stunning scenery to arrive at the historic wool town of Northleach, standing at a crossroads on the famous Fosse Way, one of Roman Britain’s principal roadways. The town itself boasts the Church of St Peter & St Paul; one of the finest examples of Perpendicular church architecture in the country.

We then head into the North Cotswolds, making our way through Bourton-on-the-Water to arrive at Stow-on-the-Wold, perched atop its 800 foot hill. In common with many Cotswold towns, Stow was once a centre for wool production, and the vast market square stands testament to a strong agricultural heritage. It thrives again today, with quant cafés, antiques shops, art galleries and cosy pubs, many occupying the ancient warm-coloured Cotswold stone buildings that line the surrounding streets.

We return to Oxford via Chipping Norton and finally Woodstock; the site of the magnificent Blenheim Palace.

Day for this tour: Fridays only, 09:30 – 16:30
Price: £85.00 per person

Tours depart from The Visitor Information Centre in Broad Street, Oxford.

Price does not include entrance to optional attractions.
The above itineraries and routing may be subject to change depending upon weather, traffic restrictions or other factors beyond our control.

Please note: This Friday schedule is only currently available as part of our Winter Programme, which runs until March 31st. After this date the tour changes slightly, and full details are included on the Adventurer -Spring/Summer page. This runs until the end of October, so if you are planning a visit later in the year, please bear this in mind. Contact us for further details.