From hidden valleys and upland outlooks to rolling pastures and honey stone villages, nature and history weave together in the Cotswolds to create a landscape that is the epitome of rural England.
In these 40 walks Dominic North unlocks the secrets of the Cotswolds, from the hills and lanes in the north to the languid riverbanks and ancient woods of the south. Along the way discover sleepy villages, grand country houses and architectural curiosities, and then reach out to explore three of England’s most celebrated cultural centres, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
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A gentle upland, cut by river valleys (some shallow, some narrow), rolling in waves to its edge, then falling away into flat cropland; wooded, but not especially so; settled and inhabited, but not especially so. There are, it has to be said, more dramatic landscapes in England – mountains, lakes, white cliffs, even the odd gorge. Why is it, then, that the Cotswolds, that gentle upland bridging the West Country with the Midlands, is so prized? It is certainly beautiful, one easy-on-the- eye view reaching to another; unspoilt too, or at least largely unchallenged by obvious modernity. But for all that, the appeal of the Cotswolds burrows somewhat deeper than mere aesthetic appreciation: here we find, perhaps more clearly than anywhere else, something deeply reassuring – a sense of harmony. It is a harmony sprung from a centuries-long union between the land and those who have lived, worked and built upon it.