This is a perfect half-day tour for those wanting to experience the delights of the Cotswolds but who cannot spare a whole day. You will see idyllic stone hamlets, hidden valleys and rivers and be entertained with stories about the history and culture of the region and local traditions. An unforgettable introduction to one of Britain’s finest regions delivered by local experts in a small group tour.
Our tour starts with a visit to the pretty village of Minster Lovell with its quaint thatched cottages and ruined manor house. See the site of the old mill by the river and the charming 17th century pub.
From Minster Lovell we head to Bibury, one of the most beautiful and idyllic villages of the Cotswolds, with its 17th century cottages, river and trout farm. Time to walk around the village and see the iconic Arlington Row Cottages.
Following the Coln Valley, we pass through pretty stone hamlets, hidden valleys and remarkable scenery, before arriving in the historic wool town of Northleach with its imposing Perpendicular church tower. Time to visit the church and market place.
We then cross over to the delightful Sherborne Valley tracing the course of the River Windrush through more enchanting hamlets and big country estates. Our return journey to Oxford takes us through the bustling town of Burford, where you can stop and browse around the quirky shops and cafes and the splendid St John the Baptist Church.
We return to Oxford via the charming villages of Asthall and Swinbrook.