PLAN FOR THE DAY
0800 We depart from Cambridge for the journey cross-country via Oxford into the centre of England. There will be a rest break included in the journey.
1045 Our first stop is in Bibury with its trout-filled river and quaint cottages, once referred to as 'the most beautiful village in England'. Time for a coffee at a traditional country inn, the Swan Hotel, on the banks of the River Coln, and a wander around the pretty village.
1145 We then take advantage of travelling by minibus which allows us to navigate the narrow country lanes that the large tour buses cannot use to show you the benign beauty of the Cotswolds that most visitors do not see. We travel to quiet backwater villages and to countryside viewpoints as we weave our way across the region. Weather-permitting, we stop to take an easy peaceful walk between villages in a sublime Cotswolds river valley.
1315 Lunch in the picturesque tourist village of Bourton-on-the-water with its busy shops lining the bubbling stream that flows through the village centre.
1445 After lunch we continue our journey northwards, stopping at ancient churches and quaint villages. Then to the edge of The Cotswold hills for the stunning views across the Severn river valley to Wales. Finally, we arrive in the small, old wool merchants' town of Chipping Campden. Sometimes in the ancient marketplace there are stallholders selling sheep skins, the ideal souvenir for a region made wealthy through its historic connection with the wool trade.
1630 We depart from Chipping Campden for the journey back to Cambridge.
1900 Arrive back in central Cambridge.