Explorer – Spring/Summer
This unforgettable Cotswold journey starts with a drive to the market town of Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds. Perched on the slopes of the Windrush Valley with far-reaching views across rolling countryside, the town is rich with handsome buildings constructed from the characteristic mellow Cotswold stone.
From there we travel west, through Minster Lovell with its its quaint thatched houses and ruined Hall, and on to the idyllic villages of Asthall and Swinbrook – once home to the Mitford sisters.
Continuing through the quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons, where we view some breathtaking scenery, we reach Bourton-on-the-Water. A succession of decorative bridges span the River Windrush as it flows through the heart of this small town, earning it the accolade The Venice of the Cotswolds.
From Bourton-on-the-Water our route takes us through a further series of enchanting Cotswold villages until we arrive in Broadway; one of the gems of the Cotswolds. The village has been an inspiration to artists, poets and writers for centuries, and was especially popular with the likes of Frank Millet, J M Barrie and William Morris.
After a lunch stop we continue, via the lavender fields of Snowshill, until we reach the beautiful market town of Chipping Campden. In the late 19th century this historic town was a focus for the popular Arts & Crafts Movement, with some of the key designers and craftspeople of the time setting up their workshops and studios in Chipping Campden. The Movement is still alive and well today.
Our next stop is in Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and one-time centre for the wool trade. Here you can browse among the narrow footpaths visit the antique shops and art galleries.
We return to Oxford through the charming village of Cornwell and the bustling town of Chipping Norton, with a final stop in Woodstock. The town is the site of Blenheim Palace, one of the most imposing houses in the country, home to the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. He is buried in the churchyard of nearby Bladon.
Day for this tour:
09:30 – 17:30
£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 available as part of our Spring/Summer Programme, which runs from 1st April 2017 through to the end of October. After this the programme will change, so if you are planning a visit later in 2017, please bear this in mind. Contact us for further details.