Top Five: Things to do in the Cotswolds

cotswold water parkAn area of astounding natural beauty, the Cotswolds is visited by thousands of tourists each year and is considered one of England’s favourite holiday destinations. Indeed, the idyllic greenery of the Cotswolds is probably what most foreign tourists first think of when they are asked to describe ‘England’.

With its rolling fields, dense forests and quaint villages, the Cotswolds is an area of incredible natural beauty and is a great holiday for those that enjoy history, wildlife and the outdoors.

Waterside breaks have a number of holiday lodges and cottages by water – including pet-friendly accommodation – in and around the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester that suit all tastes and budgets, so we thought that we’d run through the top five things to do while you’re staying with us.

  1. Walks
    – The rolling hills of the Cotswolds make for great walking opportunities, and there are plenty of different walks for people of all abilities. The Cotswold Way National Trail is a great way of seeing the Cotswolds on foot, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous you could try and complete the whole walk.
  2. Fishing
    – The Cotswolds offers great fishing, and staying at a Waterside Breaks holiday cottage allows you access to the almost 150 lakes that comprise Cotswold Water Park. For more information, read one of our previous blog posts all about fishing in the Cotswolds.
  3. Cirencester
    – This roman market town is the largest in the Cotswold district and is often considered the ‘capital’ of the Cotswolds. A visit will allow you to explore some of the history of the Cotswolds, as well as enjoying the River Churn and local markets and shops.
  4. Cotswolds Olimpicks
    – Yes, that is the correct spelling – at least in this part of the world! This traditional event has taken place yearly and in 2012 celebrated its 400th Anniversary. Olimpick events include tug of war, cross country running and shin-kicking (obviously). Click here to find out more.
  5. Avon Valley Steam Railway
    – Located between Bath and Bristol, the Avon Valley Steam Railway transports visitors back to the age of steam and is a unique way to see some of the magnificent Cotswold countryside. Trains run every Sunday until the 3rd November as well as every Wednesday in June and July.

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