Day trip by minibus to hiking & sightseeing in the Cotswolds. There are no trains to this place so this is the best way to get there.
Burford, traditionally the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ stands at the entrance of a place so special that it’s determined an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is protected by the Cotswolds Conservation Board. The ram’s head on the limestone marker at the top of the hill is made from same stone that underlies the region and depicts the animal that historically brought wealth with its wool.
The name Burford is said to mean a defended settlement by a ford – an ideal setting for a settlement to develop at the easy crossing of the River Windrush.
Thegentle rolling hills of the surrounding countryside are perfect for walking, cycling or horse riding. People have lived and worked here for over 6,000 years. Nestling along the slope of the hill down through the trees to the River Windrush, Burford is steeped in history and rich in architectural heritage. The local natural scenery is breathtaking, the Cotswold stone buildings, famous. The area boasts some of the most beautiful gardens in England, a world heritage site with Blenheim Palace and a network of dry stone walls at least in length equivalent to the Great Wall of China.
The high light of this trip will be MINSTER LOVELL HALL
The romantic ruins of this 15th century manor house stand on the banks of the River Windrush in Oxfordshire. An oasis of peace in the midst of the Cotswolds, hidden away from the tourist trail.
The extensive and picturesque ruins of a 15th century riverside manor house, including a fine hall, south-west tower, and complete nearby dovecote. The home of Richard III's henchman Lord Lovell.
We will hike along the river Windrush, which flows through some of the most beautiful countryside in England, flowing as it does through Cotswold towns and villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford and the Barringtons. It is also responsible for the wool trade of this part of the Cotswolds. Along the banks of the river, evidence of the woollen mills can still be found.
Here is some hike info, it always depends on the weather though.
Distance: 14,5 kms/9 miles
Hike level: easy to medium
Estimated return time to London: 7-30 PM
Things to bring:
some cash for a pub
change of shoes in case your feet get wet
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