Overview of Gloucestershire

Adlestrop

Adlestrop is a very pretty unspoilt Cotswold village in the heart of the Cotswolds with beautiful countryside and fine walks. It lies about 4 miles from the well known market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, which together with Moreton-in-Marsh (5 miles) and Chipping Norton (5½ miles) provide a good selection of shops and amenities for everyday needs. There are good train services from Kingham (3 miles) reaching Paddington in about 84 minutes. Adlestrop is known as ‘Tedestrop’ in the Domesday Book.

Aston Magna

Aston Magna is an attractive Cotswold village in the parish of Blockley, lying between Moreton-in-Marsh (3 miles) and Chipping Campden (4.5 miles) which both have excellent shops and amenities for everyday needs in Moreton-in-Marsh where there are good train services to London, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Barton-on-the-Heath

Barton-on-the-Heath is a small rural village with the village church dedicated to St. Lawrence, and consisting mainly of period houses and cottages situated around a village green. It is situated just inside the county of Warwickshire close to the borders of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire and has a Gloucestershire postal address. Robert Dover, organizer of the Cotswold Olimpick Games (Dovers Games) died at Barton-on-the-Heath in July 1652 aged 70. His grandson, the lawyer and playwright, John Dover, was born there in October 1644.

Beckford

One of the popular Bredon Hill villages, Beckford consists of period and contemporary houses, a village shop/post office, tennis club and popular public house. Everyday shopping facilities are available at the nearby town of Winchcombe (approximately 7 miles). The larger centres of Tewkesbury (approximately 4 miles), Evesham (approximately 7 miles) and Cheltenham (approximately 10 miles) all provide extensive shopping, leisure and educational facilities. Mainline railway stations are to be found at Evesham, Cheltenham and Ashchurch and the M5 motorway (J9) at Tewkesbury.

Blockley

This is an attractive Cotswold village with many period character properties. There is a communally run post office/store, two public houses, www.crownhotelblockley.co.uk and www.hooky-pubs.co.uk/pubs/location_maps/great_western.html, a parish church, primary school and nursery. There are a good selection of shops and amenities for everyday needs in both Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh, just 3 miles away. Good train services to London from Moreton-in-Marsh, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes

There are 12 mills recorded in Blockley in the Domesday Book and Blockley was one of the first villages in the world to have electric light.

There is also a house now called Widdowe’s close which was formerly a grocery, and it was here that paper bags were invented for shoppers by Elisha Smith Robinson. The paper bags were manufactured by the Robinson firm of Bristol.

Bourton-on-the-Hill

This is a popular Cotswold hill village with many mellow, honey coloured Cotswold stone houses and cottages, many having views across rolling Cotswold countryside. It is about 11/2 miles west of the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. It has a Church and an active village community centred around the old school, which is now used as a village hall. There is also the ‘Horse & Groom’ which is an Award winning public house and restaurant www.horseandgroom.info. Moreton-in-Marsh provides a good range of shops and amenities for everyday needs and other local centres include Oxford (29 miles), Stratford-upon-Avon (17 miles), Cirencester (25 miles) and Cheltenham (22 miles). There are good train services from Moreton-in-Marsh, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Bourton-on-the-Hill was on the main route from London to Worcester, known as the London Way in 1590.

Bourton-on-the-Water

This is a charming Cotswold village, known as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’ due to the many bridges which span the shallow River Windrush which runs through the centre of the village. There are many attractions with a good range of shopping facilities, being 4 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and 8 miles from Kingham, where there are good train services, the fastest reaching Paddington in approximately 84 minutes. Other local towns within easy reach are Cheltenham and Cirencester (16 miles) and Oxford (28 miles).

Bourton-on-the-Water is mentioned in the Domesday Book after the Norman conquest. The church has been rebuilt many times and registers go back to 1654. It is thought that a tunnel runs from the 14th century chancel to the Manor House opposite.

The oldest pub in Bourton-on-the-Water is the Old New Inn which has a sundial marked 1712.

Broad Campden

Broad Campden is a typical Cotswold village with an historic church and an attractive public house. The village mainly comprises period houses and cottages and is situated on the edge of the more well known Wool Town of Chipping Campden. Chipping Campden is one of the most beautiful and historic of all the Cotswold market towns. It lies in a fold of the Cotswold Hills in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty approximately 12 miles to the south-east of Stratford-upon-Avon and 22 miles north of Cheltenham. The town is well known for its traditional Cotswold architecture, much of it dating back to Medieval times. There is a good range of shops for everyday needs as well as a number of specialist suppliers, a library, schools and doctors surgery. There is a main station to London from Moreton-in-Marsh (about 7 miles) and most West Midlands centres are within daily commuting distance.

Broadwell

Broadwell is a pretty Cotswold village set in the Evenlode Valley between Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. The village contains many fine period Cotswold stone houses and cottages and some more modern houses and conversions. In the centre of the village is a wide village green, which was donated to the village by Lord Ashton in the late 20th century, with a stream, a tributary of the River Evenlode, and water splash. There is a good village pub, the Fox Inn, and a Norman church. Local centres include Stow-on-the-Wold (2 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (4 miles) from which there are Intercity and other train services to London, the fastest reaching Paddington in approx. 92 minutes. Other towns within 30 miles include Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford.

Broadwell is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. It had 46 inhabitants, and the church of St. Paul dates in part to that period. During the later Middle Ages the estate belonged to the Benedictine order of monks.

Buckland

Buckland is a very attractive small and much sought after village which lies to the south of Broadway. The village is made up of honey coloured stone houses and cottages some of which date from the 1400’s. The former Manor House is a well-regarded country house hotel now Buckland Manor Hotel. St Michael’s church in the heart of the village has fabric dating back to the 13th Century. Everyday shopping needs are met in Broadway and Winchcombe and further facilities are available in Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon. Road and rail communications are excellent with the M5 Junction 9 at Tewkesbury and trains to London Paddington at Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh.

Charingworth

This is a charming hamlet in the Parish of neighbouring Ebrington about 2 miles from Chipping Campden. Other centres within easy reach are Stratford-upon-Avon, Banbury and Warwick. There are main line train services reaching London (Paddington) from Moreton-in-Marsh (approx. 6 miles) within approximately 92 minutes.

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is described by various sources as being one of the most beautiful small English country towns with its gently curving High Street. Chipping Campden is not just rich in quaint rural charm, but also offers excellent local facilities including general store, specialist shops, restaurants, hotels and public houses. Additional shops and amenities can be found in Stow-on-the-Wold (10.3 miles distant) as well as Moreton-in-Marsh (8.3 miles away) which provides local shops as well as a mainline station to London Paddington in about 90 minutes. The Regency spa town of Cheltenham is within striking distance and provides a larger selection of shops and amenities. To the north lies Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Road communications to London are good (93 miles) via Oxford on the A40/M40. The regional centre of Birmingham and the international airport is also accessible. There is a wide choice of excellent schools in the area. Sporting facilities nearby include racing at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Cheltenham. There is golf at a number of local courses including Broadway. There are many historic houses and gardens in the immediate locality including the internationally famous Hidcote Gardens, in the ownership of the National Trust, and the highly acclaimed Kiftsgate Court Gardens.

Clapton-on-the-Hill

Clapton-on-the-Hill is situated on a hill with wonderful views and was the quarters for the officers based at the Roman camp at Bourton-on-the-Water. In the Middle Ages, Clapton was part of the manor of Bourton-on-the-Water, which belonged to Evesham Abbey. The village is predominantly agricultural with stunning views across the Windrush Valley. A late 12th century church, St. James, one of the smallest in the Cotswolds also stands within the village. Other centres within easy reach are Cheltenham (18 miles), Oxford (30 miles), Stratford-on-Avon (26 miles), Bourton-on-the-Water (2 miles).

Before the Second World War, Clapton was famous for its strawberries, grown in the fields around the village, one of which remains today.

Condicote

This is an attractive hill village in the heart of the Cotswold hills with a number of period and modern stone properties situated to the north-west of the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold (3½ miles) with lovely views over rolling Cotswold countryside. Stow-on-the-Wold has a wide selection of shops for everyday needs and a Tesco supermarket. There are good train services to London Paddington from Moreton-in-Marsh (5 miles) in about 92 minutes.

The village has a rich farming heritage which continues to this day, with sheep, cattle and arable crops covering the hillsides around the village.

Condicote has many public footpaths and lies on the historic Ryknild Street, a Roman Road which runs north from nearby Bourton-on-the-Water for over 80 miles.

Ditchford-on-Fosse

Ditchford is a small collection of properties between Moreton-in-Marsh (3 miles) and Shipston-on-Stour (3 miles). The larger centres of Stratford on Avon (13 miles) and Oxford (approx 28 miles) provide additional shopping, leisure facilities and further schooling. Birmingham International Airport is approx. 35 miles. There is a mainline station at Moreton-in-Marsh from which trains reach London in approx. 92 minutes.

Donnington

Donnington is a hamlet renowned for its views and commanding a lovely position on high ground just 2 miles north of Stow-on-the-Wold. Moreton-in-Marsh (3 miles) and Stow-on-the-Wold offer a good range of amenities for everyday needs. Other local centres include Oxford (29 miles) and Cheltenham (21 miles). There are train services from Moreton-in-Marsh, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Draycott

Draycott is an attractive North Cotswold hamlet with a mix of period stone cottages and modern houses, lying within easy reach of Blockley (2 miles) which has a shop for day-to-day needs, and Moreton-in-Marsh (3 miles) which has a wider selection of shops and amenities. Other local centres include Broadway (8 miles), Evesham (14 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (16 miles). There is a main line railway station at Moreton-in-Marsh with good train services, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Apparently Draycott is not mentioned in the Domesday Book but was in existence by 1182.

Ebrington

Ebrington stands in an elevated position with views over the surrounding countryside and is situated about 2 miles from Chipping Campden and 4 miles from Shipston-on-Stour, both centres offering a range of shops for everyday needs. There is a parish church, pub and primary school. There is a limited bus service through the village. Trains run from Moreton-in-Marsh (8 miles) from which there are good services to London Paddington in approx. 92 minutes.

Ebrington is known to local people as ‘Yubberton’ and its abundant supplies of spring water encouraged people to settle in the area long before the Roman occupation.

Evenlode

This is an attractive and unspoilt Cotswold village with many fine period properties, set in the renowned Cotswold countryside. It is situated close to Moreton-in-Marsh (3 miles) and Stow-on-the-Wold (3.5 miles) which both offer excellent facilities for everyday needs. Other larger centres within easy reach include Cheltenham (21 miles), Oxford (28 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (20 miles). There are good train services from Moreton-in-Marsh to London, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Ford

Ford is a Cotswold hamlet comprising of period and contemporary houses situated in the gentle rolling hills. The hamlet has an excellent public house called The Plough and lies approximately 6 miles to the south of Broadway, 6 miles to the west of the ancient town of Winchcombe and approximately 7 miles to the east of Stow-on-the-Wold. Winchcombe was at one time the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mercia and many old buildings, in particular, a superb church, remain. There is a good range of facilities. There is a main line train station to London Paddington at Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 9 miles).

Gretton

Situated approximately two miles to the west of Winchcombe, Gretton is a small Cotswold Village in an area of outstanding natural beauty and located on the lower slopes of Langley Hill, which provides a most attractive scenic backdrop. Access to the areas main conurbations is excellent, with the M5 at Tewkesbury located approximately seven miles to the west and the A435 providing a direct route into Cheltenham (approximately eight miles). Local amenities include a church, primary school and public house.

Guiting Power

This is a very popular unspoilt Cotswold Village with a shop, Post Office and two good Public Houses. Other centres within easy reach are Winchcombe (5½ miles), Cheltenham (12 miles) and Stow-on-the-Wold (6 miles). There is a mainline station at Moreton-in-Marsh (11 miles) reaching Paddington in approx. 92 minutes.

The Wardens' Way walk passes through the Cotswold villages of Guiting Power, Naunton, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter on its 14-mile route from Bourton-on-the-Water to Winchcombe. It joins the Oxfordshire Way to the Cotswold Way and can be combined with the Windrush Way to make a circular route.

Icomb

This is a quiet Cotswold village with a fine mix of traditional Cotswold properties and St. Marys ‘the virgin’ Church dating from the thirteenth Century. Stow-on-the-Wold close by offers a wide range of everyday facilities, including Tescos supermarket and lively pubs and restaurants.

Icomb is apparently famous as the area visited frequently by the original "Tom, Dick, and Harry". The three men were 18th century brothers of the Dunsdon family who robbed stagecoaches from a secret hideout in a tunnel below the village. They were eventually caught and hanged or imprisoned.

Kitebrook

This is a small hamlet situated about 3 miles east of Moreton-in-Marsh on the A44 with open farmland and rural views to the south. Kitebrook House built in 1820 is now the home of Kitebrook House Preparatory school for boys and girls. There are excellent shops and amenities at Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Norton for everyday needs. There are good train services from Moreton-in-Marsh, the fastest reaching London Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Laverton

Laverton is an extremely pretty and sought after North Cotswold village, lying approximately 3 miles to the south of Broadway. It mainly comprises period stone cottages and houses. There are excellent shopping and recreational facilities at Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester. Day to day shopping can be done at Winchcombe and Broadway. Mainline train services to London/Paddington from Moreton-in-Marsh, Honeybourne and Evesham.

Little Compton

This is an attractive village situated equidistant from Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Norton (4 miles), both towns having a good selection of shops and amenities for everyday needs. There is a fine parish Church and a popular inn, The Red Lion. There are good train services to London from Moreton-in-Marsh, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Little Rissington

This is an attractive Cotswold village lying in a slightly elevated position overlooking the Windrush Valley, in an area designated as being of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bourton-on-the-Water lies 1½ miles away and offers a good selection of shops and facilities for day to day requirements. Larger towns of Cheltenham and Oxford are within easy reach. There are good train services to London from Kingham (6 miles), the fastest reaching Paddington in about 84 minutes.

The village is associated with RAF Litttle Rissington, the air base which was located just up the road during WWII. Although the air base has now closed, the buildings have now become the village of Upper Rissington.

Longborough

This is an attractive village situated on a hill slope looking eastwards over the Evenlode Valley. There are many fine period houses and cottages, some commanding beautiful views across the surrounding countryside. There is a parish Church, Village store and Post Office, The Coach and Horses public house, primary school and playgroup. A bus services passes through the village and good train services are available from Moreton-in-Marsh to London, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Longborough Festival Opera is held every year and was started in 1991 as Banks Fee Opera. There is a picnic interval. The Opera has been enjoyed by many over the years and demand has been so great that a barn has now been converted into a theatre, using discarded seats from the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, during its refurbishment.

Lower and Upper Oddington

The villages of Lower and Upper Oddington lie in the valley of the river Evenlode and is a pretty village in the heart of the Cotswolds, with many fine period houses and cottages, some dating back as far as the 16th century.

There are two churches, one of which, St. Nicholas, dates from the 11th Century, two public houses (The Fox at Lower Oddington and the Horse & Groom at Upper Oddington), a farm shop and a general store and part-time Post Office.

The village is situated approx. 2 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and about 5 miles from Chipping Norton. These towns provide for most daily needs. The larger centres of Cheltenham, Oxford, Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon are all within 30 miles. The local Villager bus service provides regular transport to the local towns and main line trains run from Kingham station (4 miles) to Worcester, Oxford and London, with trains reaching Paddington in about 84 minutes.

Lower Slaughter

Historically the village of Lower Slaughter was owned by a Norman Knight, Philipe de Sloitre. The name proved too much for the villagers, who eventually corrupted it to 'Slaughter'.

Lower Slaughter is one of the most beautiful of the Cotswold villages and has many buildings of architectural interest, with the shallow River Eye flowing through the centre of the village. There is a picturesque Water Mill, Shop, Parish Church and two good Hotels, The Slaughters and Lower Slaughter Manor.

More comprehensive shopping facilities are available at Bourton-on-the-Water (2 miles) and Stow-on-the-Wold (4 miles). Main line railway stations run from Moreton-in-Marsh (8 miles), Kingham (10 miles) and Cheltenham (17 miles).

Lower Swell

Lower Swell is a small village which lies next to the River Dikler, and has a mixture of mellow stone cottages and modern houses, the oldest dating back to the 17th century. There is a village church dedicated to St. Mary and a pub The Golden Ball.

It lies about 1 mile to the west of the well known market town of Stow-on-the-Wold which provides a wide selection of shops and amenities for everyday needs. A much wider selection of shopping and leisure facilities can be found in the commercial centres of Cirencester, Cheltenham, Oxford, Evesham and Stratford-upon-Avon. Communications are excellent in the area with access to train services to London via Moreton-in-Marsh about 5 miles and Kingham about 6 miles, and access to the motorway network via the M40 at either Banbury or Oxford or the M5 at Tewkesbury.

Maugersbury

Maugersbury is an attractive Cotswold village with views across rolling Cotswold countryside lying about ½ mile to the south of the well-known market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, which has a wide selection of shops and amenities for everyday needs. There are train services available to London from Kingham (4 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (4 miles), the fastest reaching Paddington in about 82 minutes.

The village was apparently the location of the Stow-on-the-Wold Union Workhouse.

Mickelton

Mickleton is situated in the very north of the county of Gloucestershire between Chipping Campden to the south and Stratford-upon-Avon to the north. The village offers a genuine community with many facilities including village stores/post office, butcher, church and primary school. The village has two pubs, The King’s Arm and The Butcher’s Arms. The Three Ways House Hotel is home of the world famous Pudding Club. The wool town of Chipping Campden offers everyday shopping facilities and doctor’s surgery. There is also a medical centre in nearby Quinton. More shopping and cultural facilities are at Stratford-upon-Avon with its Shakespearean connections. Honeybourne is the nearest railway station at 3 miles with services to London Paddington.. Mickleton also has clubs and societies offering a wide range of cultural, social, and sporting activities.

Moreton-in-Marsh

This is attractive Gloucestershire town situated near the borders of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire with comprehensive facilities including doctors, a new hospital, dentist, banks, restaurants, public houses, range of shops, supermarket and a popular Tuesday market. There is a mainline station offering train services reaching Oxford (40 minutes) and Paddington (92 minutes). Other towns within easy reach are Stratford-upon-Avon (16 miles), Cheltenham (23 miles) and Oxford (27 miles).

The oldest surviving building in the town is the Curfew Tower which dates back to the 16th century and was used as a lock-up. It’s bell was rung for the last time in 1860.

Northwick Park

Northwick Park is set in rural surroundings just one and a half miles to the north of the well known Cotswold village of Blockley, where there are two pubs, a fine church, a school and nursery, a village shop and Post Office.

Northwick Park is situated between the Cotswold market towns of Chipping Campden (3 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (4 miles). Both towns have a wide selection of shops and amenities. There are good train services from Moreton-in-Marsh to London Paddington.

The Mansion House at Northwick Park is a magnificent Grade I Listed building, which was extensively restored in the 1980’s. All of the buildings and former cottages in its grounds have been converted into flats, houses and cottages, and new houses have been built to the North.

Paxford

Paxford is situated in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a Chapel and popular public house/restaurant, The Churchill Arms www.thechurchillarms.com. Chipping Campden is approx. 3 miles to the west and Moreton-in-Marsh 4 miles, catering for day-to-day requirements. There are good train services from Moreton-in-Marsh reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes. Other centres within easy reach include Stratford-upon-Avon (14 miles), Cirencester (27 miles), Cheltenham (30 miles) and Oxford (32 miles).

The Paxford Point-to-Point is held on a yearly basis and has been running since the course opened in 1997 and provides an excellent day out on Easter Monday each year.

Saintbury

Saintbury is a picturesque and unspoilt village lying between the historic wool town of Chipping Campden and Broadway. The village, situated on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, is in a conservation area within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and enjoys superb views to the Malvern Hills. Chipping Campden is an unquestionably beautiful historic Cotswold market town and is within 4 miles. The town caters for every day needs with a diverse and rich selection of shops along the historic High Street. There is a library, doctor’s surgery, bank, bakers, convenience stores, restaurants, hotels and pubs all within the town. The region also boasts some excellent schools at both junior and senior level. Transport links in the area are good, the A44 provides direct access to the east and west. There are mainline trains from Moreton-in-Marsh (9 miles) providing direct links to London Paddington in about 90 minutes. The M5 (J9) is 25 miles away providing excellent links to the south west and the north.

Snowshill

Snowshill is a very pretty village situated approximately 1½ miles to the south of Broadway. The village sits on the top of the escarpment above the villages of Broadway, Buckland, and Laverton and mainly comprises period houses and cottages situated around the Church. Snowshill is renowned for its manor house, now administered by the National Trust. There is an excellent public house. Everyday shopping facilities are nearby in Broadway. A wider range of shopping and leisure facilities are in Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon approximately 15 miles. Mainline train stations to London Paddington at Moreton-in-Marsh approximately 9 miles and Evesham approximately 6 miles

Stanton

Stanton is one of the prettiest and most sought after Cotswold villages in the North Cotswolds. Stanton is a quiet village with Cotswold stone houses, a cricket ground and village inn. Broadway, approximately 4 miles away, offers a good range of shops and services including post office, butcher, library, health centre, delicatessen and small supermarket. The larger centres of Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham offer further shopping and cultural and leisure facilities. There is a mainline train station to London Paddington from Moreton-in-Marsh, approximately 12 miles. Access to the M5 via Junction 9 (Tewksbury) approximately 11 miles.

Stow-on-the-wold

Stow-on-the-Wold is set in the Cotswold Hills and stands beside the Roman Fosse Way where a settlement has existed since the Iron Age. It is a popular North Cotswold Market Town with a mixture of old and new houses, many of the older houses being built in the distinctive mellow Cotswold stone some dating back to the 16th century.

There is a good selection of shops and amenities, including a Tescos supermarket and various pubs and restaurants and there are local bus services and train services from both Kingham and Moreton (4 miles).

Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds at over 800 ft.

Stretton-on-Fosse

Stretton-on-Fosse is a north Cotswold hill village, situated just off the Fosse Way approximately 4 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh and 2½ miles from Shipston-on-Stour, where there are a wider range of facilities for day-to-day needs. There is a fine village church and local inn, The Plough Inn. A new village hall was built in 1990. Other towns within easy reach include Stratford-upon-Avon (12 miles), Leamington Spa (20 miles) and Banbury (16 miles).

During commercial extraction of sand important graves of the Roman-British and Anglo-Saxon periods were uncovered and skeletons and personal belongings were unearthed.

Temple Guiting

Temple Guiting is situated on the River Windrush in beautiful surrounding countryside, and has a church and a village school.

Toddington

Toddington is a thriving village situated to the north east of Cheltenham lying equidistant between Winchcombe and Broadway. The village is split into the “Old Town” near St Andrews Church and the “New Town” at the crossing of the B4077 and B4632 roads. The village has excellent road and rail connections with the nearby M5 (J9) at Tewkesbury and local train stations at Evesham, Cheltenham and Moreton-in-Marsh. The village benefits from a mini supermarket/stores, The Pheasant Inn and a modern primary school. In addition there is a garden centre and visitors come to admire the steam trains at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.

Todenham

Todenham is approx. 3 miles north-east of the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh which has a range of shops and amenities for everyday needs. There is a parish church and public house. Other local centres within easy reach include Shipston-on-Stour, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and Cheltenham. There are good train services from Moreton-in-Marsh, the fastest reaching Paddington in about 92 minutes.

Upper Rissington

Upper Rissington village is situated next to the site of RAF Little Rissington and much of its housing was built as officer’s quarters. All the properties have been refurbished and some new properties have been constructed. There are various community facilities provided, including a village shop, community hall, village green and children’s play area.

Great Rissington is approx. 1 mile away where there is a parish church, pub and a primary school, whilst Bourton-on-the-Water (2.5 miles) and Stow-on-the-Wold (4 miles) are nearby. Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham are all within 30 miles and main line services run from Kingham station (5 miles) with good services to London/Paddington in approx. 84 minutes.

Upper Slaughter

Upper Slaughter is a highly sought after Cotswold village and is situated on the banks of the River Eye. The village has a church, the Lords of the Manor Hotel, which is one of the finest buildings in the area, and is conveniently located near to Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water, where a range of shopping facilities can be found. Cheltenham (16 miles) provides further extensive shopping, leisure and educational facilities. There is a regular rail service from Kingham station (10 miles) to London Paddington in 80 minutes.

Upper Swell

Upper Swell is a small picturesque village which overlooks the valley through which the shallow River Dikler runs. This is crossed by a small 18th century bridge above which is a weir retaining an extensive mill pool for the 19th century mill. The village surrounds the manor house and church. There are an unusually high number of prehistoric barrows in the area.

The Heart of England Way 100 mile footpath passes through the village.

Weston-Subedge

Weston-Subedge is situated in rolling North Cotswold countryside below the Cotswold Escarpment, about 2 miles from the market town of Chipping Campden. The village has a thriving community with a local bistro pub The Seagrave Arms and church. The large towns of Chipping Campden, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham are nearby for more extensive shopping and leisure activities. Communication is good with intercity rail from Honeybourne (2.7 miles) to London Paddington (from 1 hour 46 minutes). Access to A40/M40 for London; Birmingham City Centre and Airport, M5 for the west country and the north.

Willersey

Willersey is a pretty Cotswold village with a duck pond, lying at the foot of the hills on the B4632 road, about 1 ½ miles from Broadway and about 15 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. The village has a general store, primary school, garage and two public houses. There is a mainline train station to London Paddington at Honeybourne (approximately 4 miles), Evesham (approximately 6 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 8 miles).

Winchcombe

The old Cotswold wool town of Winchcombe lies about 7 miles to the north of Cheltenham, 9 miles from Broadway and 12 miles to the east of Tewkesbury (and the M5). Renowned for Sudeley Castle the town was at one time the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mercia and many old buildings, in particular the superb 15th century church of St Peter’s, remain. There is a wide range of local amenities that cater for everyday needs.

Wormington

Wormington is a hamlet situated approximately 4 miles to the south west of the well-known village of Broadway and is in the county of Gloucestershire in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Broadway is well known as one of the most lovely of the Cotswold centres, yet it also has the advantage of good shopping facilities. The larger cultural and shopping centres for the area are Cheltenham (approximately 13 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (approximately 18 miles), Worcester (approximately 25 miles) and Birmingham (approximately 40 miles), M5 junction 9 at Teweksbury (approximately 9 miles). There is a mainline train station to London Paddington at Evesham (approximately 8 miles). There are theatres at Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham and racing at Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Warwick.

Wyck Rissington

One of three Rissington villages, Wyck Rissington lies 2 miles south of Stow-on-the-Wold east of the River Dikler and Windrush valley. Wyck Rissington is an unspoilt village with a wide green. There is also a Victorian drinking fountain. There are many attractive houses and cottages some dating from the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Apparently the famous composer, Gustav Holst, was organist at the church of St. Lawrence in 1892 at the young age of 17.