The Autumn/Winter route for our Cotswold Adventurer introduces visitors to some of the most enchanting villages of the Cotswolds. Please note that the details for this tour differ slightly through the year, as we make allowances for the shorter daylight hours between November and March. If you plan on joining us after the end of March, and before November, please check the details for our Cotswold Adventurer Tour during the Spring/Summer period.
Read below for a full description of the Cotswold Adventurer tour, and click the Availability tab to the left to check on dates and complete a booking.
Description & Route
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.
We 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.
Heading 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, with its impressive Perpendicular church.
We then head into the North Cotswolds and visit Bourton-on-the-Water, the Venice of the Cotswolds, and so to Stow-on-the-Wold, with its profusion of antiques centres, quaint cafés and delightful boutiques, pubs and gift shops. We return to Oxford via the busy market town of Chipping Norton and Woodstock, the site of magnificant 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 available as part of our Autumn/Winter Programme, which runs from the start of November until March 31st. After this date the tour details change slightly, and full details are included on the Adventurer – Spring/Summer page. This runs until the end of October, so please bear this in min when you plan your visit. Don’t hesitate to Contact us if you’re in any way unsure and we’ll be happy to clarify.