Explorer – Autumn/Winter
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 beautiful villages of Asthall and Swinbrook – once home to the Mitford sisters.
Continuing through the quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons, 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, where we will make a stop for lunch.
After lunch we drive on through Stow-on-theWold to 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. Here, you can browse in the quaint shops or visit the impressive ‘wool church’ and ruined manor house.
We start heading back towards Oxford, following a beautiful route which offers stunning views as we pass through the charming thatched-cottage villages of Broad Campden and Blockley. We pause in the busy market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, with its art galleries and antiques shops, before returning to Oxford via Chipping Norton and a final stop in Woodstock.
This 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: Friday, 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 part of our Winter Programme, which runs until March 31st. After this date the tour changes slightly, and full details are included on the Explorer – 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.