Visiting the Cotswolds in the Autumn and Winter



Every season has its high points and low points. Whilst the spring and summer may seem like the best times to visit the Cotswolds, that is to overlook the appeal of the other two seasons. The weather? A factor, of course, but given how unpredictable it has become it need not curtail enjoyment, because there is plenty to do and enjoy whatever the circumstances.

In the autumn, there are the changing colours, the mellow, fragrant air and some still warm days. Woodland is beautiful but so, too, are arboretums, one of which – Batsford – is featured on many of our walks and is of course easily accessible by bicycle. Here the rich variety of tree species means that Batsford offers a palette of colours that is quite awe-inspiring.

Some formal gardens, too, remain open right through the year, even if with restricted opening hours. In fact many of the attractions in the region stay open, which means that even in the winter there is still plenty to do. Accommodation remains plentiful (there are not the same seasonal closures as there are in other parts of the country) and so in the winter, comfortable hotels with open fires, relaxing pubs and excellent restaurants (several with Michelin stars and plenty of others as good) are there at the end of the day. And all of this easily accessible from London, whether by car, train or coach.

If you would like to consider a seasonal break, let us know and we will tailor something to suit you, whether mid-week or at the weekend. Cotswold Journeys,, 01242 254353.

NewsVictoria Fielden