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Greentraveller's Guide to the Cotswolds

Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:58 on Tuesday 10 March 2015

As part of our ongoing celebration of inspiring places to visit in the UK, we have produced a Greentraveller's Guide to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with support from the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

The guide shows residents and visitors how to make the most of the area in a way that has a low impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local economy, featuring over 100 recommendations for where to stay, eat and what to do in the region, from Banbury to Bath, across the wolds (rolling hills) of five counties - Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire – an area of about 800 square miles.

The guide also includes an interactive map of the featured businesses, and in-depth information on how visitors can reduce their environmental impact by travelling to and around the area by public transport and by walking or cycling more.

The Old Swan and Minster Mill is a bucolic, riverside 16th-century inn with a fine restaurant dishing up hearty gastro-pub fare.: The Old Swan and Minster Mill is a bucolic, riverside 16th-century inn with a fine restaurant dishing up hearty gastro-pub fare.The Old Swan and Minster Mill is a bucolic, riverside 16th-century inn with a fine restaurant dishing up hearty gastro-pub fare.: The Old Swan and Minster Mill is a bucolic, riverside 16th-century inn with a fine restaurant dishing up hearty gastro-pub fare.Written and researched by professional travel writer Harriet O’Brien (the Telegraph's Cotswolds correspondent), the guide focuses on some of the top places to stay, from old coaching inns to appealing guesthouses and self-catering cottages tucked into gloriously quiet valleys. Harriet has picked out some of the best spots to find local produce, including wonderful old pubs offering contemporary twists on classic dishes; buzzing cafes and organic farm shops; and handsome yet easy-going restaurants with exquisitely presented cuisine.

The guide also encourages readers to explore a variety of visitor attractions, from enjoying the glories of an authentic, 18th-century garden; pondering the mysteries of a striking group of standing stones; marveling at the house where William Morris lived and worked; or taking the children on a farm tractor safari.

Centuries of farming in this dramatically pretty region have resulted in well-practised traditions of producing some of the finest ingredients in the country. Photo: Cotswolds Conservation Board: Centuries of farming in this dramatically pretty region have resulted in well-practised traditions of producing some of the finest ingredients in the countryCenturies of farming in this dramatically pretty region have resulted in well-practised traditions of producing some of the finest ingredients in the country. Photo: Cotswolds Conservation Board: Centuries of farming in this dramatically pretty region have resulted in well-practised traditions of producing some of the finest ingredients in the countryHarriet O'Brien wrote and researched the guide: Harriet O'Brien, Cotswolds correspondent for the TelegraphHarriet O'Brien wrote and researched the guide: Harriet O'Brien, Cotswolds correspondent for the TelegraphHarriet O’Brien writes: “This is perfect pastoral England. Get a great fix of glorious scenery, nibbled by sheep that shaped the fortunes of the region; explore bucolic villages of honey-coloured stone; visit gracious country manors and gardens.

“This is a largely rural region. Its farmlands are divided by 4,000 miles of dry stone walls and, crossed by a great swathe of footpaths, offer generous opportunities for walking. But of course you don’t have to get around on foot all the time: the main rail hubs of the region are Bath, Dursley, Cheltenham, Stroud and Kemble in the south and west, and Charlbury, Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh to the north.

“In this Greentraveller's Guide to the Cotswolds AONB, we’ve selected a wonderful range of places serving great local food and we’ve sought out a fine choice of sustainably sound places to stay. Enjoy!”

As well as the Cotswolds Way, there are many other well-marked footpaths. Photo: Cotswolds Conservation Board: As well as the Cotswolds Way, there are many other well-marked footpaths.As well as the Cotswolds Way, there are many other well-marked footpaths. Photo: Cotswolds Conservation Board: As well as the Cotswolds Way, there are many other well-marked footpaths.Martin Lane, Director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, says: “We very much hope that the new on-line guide will inspire visitors from near and far to explore the delights of the Cotswolds, to make the most of mouth watering local produce, fascinating places to stay and getting out and about on foot, bike, bus and train. It’s easy to use and contains a wealth of information.

The guide also helps to highlight the local businesses that are celebrating this wonderful landscape. It is a great addition to our work with a wide range of partner organisations on sustainable tourism.”

Richard Hammond, Chief Executive of greentraveller.co.uk, says: “We hope this Greentraveller’s Guide to the Cotswolds AONB will help residents and visitors make the most of their time in this glorious part of the country, in a way that brings local economic benefits while conserving the very special landscape.

"This guide is the latest of our online destination platforms that are proving popular with holidaymakers looking for that special local touch."

The Cotswolds Discoverer Pass is aimed at encouraging more visitors to use public transport to and around the Cotswolds AONB. Photo: Cotswolds Conservation Board: The Cotswolds Discoverer PassThe Cotswolds Discoverer Pass is aimed at encouraging more visitors to use public transport to and around the Cotswolds AONB. Photo: Cotswolds Conservation Board: The Cotswolds Discoverer Pass

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