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Planning a visit to the English Cotswolds? Welcome to the updated third edition of the Visitor's Guide to the English Cotswolds. The book was updated on April 9, 2015. The book has been expanded and now includes more destinations, sights, places to stay, pubs, and much more. So if you're planning a visit to the Cotswolds you'll find this guide to be a valuable resource.

You'll find all of the information you need to plan your trip and make it a great success. The English Cotswolds are a chain of undulating, limestone foothills that encompass a quiet, idyllic world of sleepy little towns and villages nestled among the hills and dales. Rising to just over 1,000 feet at the highest point on Cleeve Hill, the Cotswolds are spread across a half-dozen West Midland counties, including Gloucestershire, Avon, Wiltshire, Hereford and Worcester and Oxfordshire. For more than 90 miles, from Meon Hill just six miles south of Stratford-Upon-Avon, they stretch westward across the heart of England all the way to the great Roman city Bath.

For more than 1,000 years these pastoral, rolling hills have been home to farmers and shepherds and... well, to me. Please allow me to introduce you to my Cotswolds. Yes, we'll visit all the well-known and not-to-be-missed spots along the way, but I'll take you to places off the beaten path - places that very few visitors to the Cotswolds ever get to visit. Chipping Campden, Broadway, Stanton, Stanway, Snowshill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Naunton, Northleach, Chedworth, The Slaughters, Buckland, Winchcombe, Burford, Cirencester and Bath are just some of the towns we'll visit. Off the beaten path we'll visit the Duntisbournes villages, the tiny hamlet of Ford, the village of Bibury, and many more. There's an air of timelessness among these ancient hills, honey-colored towns, villages, and cottages.

©2013, 2014, 2015 Blair Howard (P)2015 Blair Howard

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  • Leslie
  • 10-06-15

"A Yellow Pages" - Put me to sleep forwrongreasons

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably only if they were actually planning to go there NOW and needed email addresses.

What could Blair Howard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I enjoyed his descriptive introduction to the Cotwsolds.
However, it quickly turned him listing the phone numbers, zip codes, email addressses, etc. of every inn, pub and B & B in every little town!
I usually listen to audiobooks to help me sleep. This one did because it became so boring!I

The author has incredible writing talent and a soothing narrating voice.
I would have much preferred he tell us more about the historical trivia, description of the beautiful gardens, stones, food, people, etc.
Then, one could have imagined more one was visiting there.

Do you think Visitor's Guide to the English Cotswolds: 3rd Edition 2015 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Only if he makes it more into "a bedtime story".....
He grew up here. He must have many stories of his (and others') lives here. I can't stay awake long enough to hear
(besides "The White Knights". )

Any additional comments?

I needed something to help me sleep. This did the trick. Good thing it was inexpensive.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 27-11-20


Cotswolds, parts interesting. If one planning a trip soon the phone numbers and that would be helpful.given audio for my voluntary review

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  • Jojo
  • 22-11-15

Not a good listen

Don't this book in written form. Not useful in planning a trip to the Cotswolds