General

The route for our Spring/Summer Cotswold Explorer 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.

Read below for a full description of the Cotswold Explorer tour, and click the Availability tab to the left to check on dates and complete a booking.

Description & Route

From Burford 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:
Monday, 09:30 – 17:30

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 particular Monday schedule is part of our Spring/Summer Programme, which runs from 1st April through to the end of October. Between November and the end of March the programme moves to our Autumn/Winter schedule, to take into account the reduced daylight hours. If you are planning a visit during this period, please check the details for our Cotswold Explorer Autumn/Winter programme, or Contact us for further details.

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Available departures

We can accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers on any of our minibus tours. The availability of spaces shown here on the website is as up-to-date as we can make it, but occasionally bookings are taken through other means, and there can be a delay of an hour or so in updating the availability here. If you make a booking and, for any reason, we are unable to accommodate you, we will let you know straight away, and offer an alternative date or a refund.

Please remember that this tour is part of our Spring/Summer Programme, so bookings can only be made between April and October. If you are planning a visit between November and March, please check availability for the Autumn/Winter description of this tour.

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This tour is repeated every week on a Monday.

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Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-WaterVisited on both our Cotswold Explorer and Cotswold Taster tours, Bourton-on-the-Water is recognised as one of the most picturesque small towns in the Cotswolds. Bourton straddles the Windrush, as this stage a modest river, perhaps only a few feet wider than a stream, but sufficient to demand that the town’s growth has been punctuated by Read more

Burford

BurfordClinging precariously to the steep southern slopes of the Windrush valley, Burford has been an important market town since the 13th century. The settlement originally grew up around the best fording point across the river – there’s a hint in the name, with burh being Anglo-Saxon for a fortified town. That river can be a Read more

Oxford

OxfordMany of our Cotswold tours start – and finish – in Oxford. Our company began more than ten years ago when Isobel Lewis started offering her guided walking tours through the streets of Oxford, and these personal and hugely enjoyable group explorations remain at the heart of what we do. Oxford is one of the Read more

The Cotswolds

The CotswoldsThe Cotswolds is the largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the United Kingdom and occupies an upland region in the “West Country” of Britain, some eighty miles from London. The Cotswold Hills are bordered to the west by the River Severn and the Bristol Channel, to the north by the Vale of Evesham Read more