10 Spectacular Cotswolds Views

10 Spectacular Cotswolds Views

The Cotswolds are a beautiful area to explore, with many wonderful vistas to drink in. the rolling hills, the patch work fields, the honey-coloured stone.

A selection of 10 of the most unforgettable views can be found at
http://www.cotswoldlife.co.uk/home/10_of_the_most_unforgettable_cotswold_views_1_4348085

Do you have any more you would add to this list? We would add Coaley Peak Viewpoint which is pictured here.

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Selsley Common, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Selsley Common, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Selsley Common lies in the Cotswolds and is a wonderful open space where the sound of bird song mingles with the sound of cattle as the Commoners exercise their grazing rights. A slow drive through the common ensures that you can make the most of the scenery whilst avoiding the free roaming cattle. There are plenty of places to park the car and stop to enjoy this site of special scientific interest. There are wonderful views and there is plenty of space for children to run around.

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Coaley Peak Viewpoint, Gloucestershire

Coaley Peak Viewpoint, Gloucestershire

On Saturday we called into Tetbury and visited The House of Cheese +House of Cheese​. While chatting to Jenny, the owner, we remembered seeing her photos of Coaley Peak. Even though the forecast wasn't promising, we drove over to this amazing viewpoint. We arrived to beautiful blue skies and outstanding panoramic views over the Severn Vale towards the Forest of Dean, the Malvern Hills and the distant Welsh Mountains. It's a wonderful place to explore…more photos to follow another day! Thanks Jenny for such a great suggestion. This panoramic photo is best viewed full screen.

Coaley Peak enjoyed by Naomi http://cotswoldfamilyholidays.com

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Collecting Conkers

Collecting Conkers

We love collecting conkers at this time of year – it seems to be one of those activities that you never quite grow out of. As we hunt under the Horse Chestnut trees we often find ourselves singing a Harvest song that my children have learnt at school, "Conkers, we're collecting conkers. We're trying hard to find the biggest and the best!" It's always so true!

There are some lovely Horse Chestnut Trees on the Lower Mill Estate. Our favourite is on Farmhouse Lake…but make sure you leave some conkers for us!

Conkers collected by Naomi buff.ly/1KC7vUJ

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Exploring Lechlade-on-Thames

Exploring Lechlade-on-Thames

In the quaint Cotswold town of Lechlade, the Rivers Coln and Leach join the River Thames. Just above Lechlade, at Inglesham, the head of the River Thames navigation is found. The town and surrounding area are best explored on foot, and a short circular walk will take you past shops, cafes, pubs and on to the Thames Path National trail. Take a picnic and enjoy sitting in a meadow beside the river watching the boats go by.

A map showing two circular walks of under an hour can be downloaded from http://www.waterpark.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Walk-6_Layout-1.pdf

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Lower Moor Farm Nature Reserve, Wiltshire

Lower Moor Farm Nature Reserve, Wiltshire

Just a mile down the road from the Lower Mill Estate is Lower Moor Farm Nature Reserve. It forms the gateway to three more reserves: Clattinger Farm, Oaksey Moor Farm Meadow and Sandpool Farm.

Lower Moor Farm is made up of three lakes, two brooks, ponds and wetland scrapes which are joined by ancient hedges, woodland and meadows. Mallard Lake is a site of special scientific interest as a marl lake which is rich in stoneworts.

There are two bird hides which give fantastic view of the birdlife…and the otters too!

At the visitors centre you can pick up a Children’s discovery trail to keep children engaged as you walk around. There is also a replica Iron Age hut which children enjoy exploring.

For further information about Clattinger Farm, and to download maps prior to your visit http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Reserves/lowermoorfarm

Lower Moor Farm

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Spring at Westonbirt Arboretum

Spring at Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt's trees and shrubs are gathered from all over the temperate areas of the globe which means there is a succession of spring colour, from extraordinary rhododendrons from the Himalayas and champion magnolias from China to some stunning conifer foliage from Eastern Europe.

Visitors in March can expect to see the rhododendrons and camellias followed by magnolias. The Savill Glade in the Old Arboretum will be a wonderful array of colour and scent.

During April the rhododendrons will continue to flower and in Silk Wood, carpets of celandines and wood anemones will be found amongst the fresh new foliage bursting out on the native trees.

May will bring a sea of bluebells in the glades whilst the Japanese maples will open in a beautiful array of colours.

Westonbirt Arboretum is offering half price admissions every Wednesday in April and May: adults £4, children £1.50 Definitely a good excuse to take some time out and enjoy some spring sunshine.

For more information http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-spring
Photo credit: Westonbirt Arboretum via facebook

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The Daffodil Way

The Daffodil Way

For most people, the sight of the first daffodils, with their beautiful yellow heads is a sign that Spring has finally arrived. The poem Daffodowndilly by AA Milne sums it up well:
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
‘Winter is dead.’

The wild daffodil, sometimes called the Lent lily due to the time it flowers, is smaller than garden cultivars, but as with snowdrops and bluebells, when flowering en masse is a beautiful sight. Depending on the weather, wild daffodils flower from mid March to April.

Whilst wild daffodils were once a common sight in England, over the years intensive agricultural practices has led to them becoming less common. In Gloucestershire, around the villages of Cymock, Kempley and Oxenhall, wild daffodils once carpeted the meadows, orchards and woods, and for this reason it is known as the Golden Triangle. Good conservation practices by local farmers and landowners, as well as the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has preserved some special sites where wild daffodils are still flourishing in abundance.

The Daffodil Way is a popular way to enjoy the wild daffodils in the Golden Triangle. The famous 10 mile circular walk takes you through meadows, orchards and woods. On the weekend of 14th and 15th March Kempley Daffodil Weekend takes place, with the Village Hall hosting teas and refreshements as well as walking tours.

Photo credit and more information http://www.kempleytardis.org.uk/daffodil-walks/

Or why not download the Daffodil Way app which domes with maps of the path together with photographs and information related to your walk. http://buff.ly/1FzfLAL

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Walking in the Cotswolds

Walking in the Cotswolds

One of the best ways to explore the Cotswolds is on foot, and there are a huge range of walks available from gentle strolls, hilly hikes and a variety of circular walks. The beautiful 102 mile Cotswold Way National Trail passes through some of the best scenery in the Cotswolds and treats you to sweeping views, historic monuments and picturesque villages.

If you are new to the Cotswolds a great place to start is with a guide. The Escape to the Cotswolds website www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/walking is a wonderful resource of walks for all occasions including walks with wheels (perfect for buggies) and miles without stiles which is a collection of short walks between 1 and 5 miles in length which make great family walks.

Enjoy exploring!

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A Boxing Day Walk

A Boxing Day Walk

Today is definitely a good day to get out and work off some of the excess from yesterday's feasting! Walking is a great way to spend time with the family and for the little ones to run off some excess energy! Here is a great website that shows lots of the nation's favourite walks. Enjoy exploring!

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/activities/walking

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