One of England’s prettiest small medieval towns is Burford which is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ It is a busy community of about 1000 people. The town merchants were granted a charter to hold their own markets over 900 years ago and today Burford is a wonderful town to wander around dipping in and out of the exclusive shops and galleries.
Home to Huffkins, a Cotswolds bakery and tea room and The Cotswold Cheese Company, a visit to Burford wouldn’t be complete without sampling the local produce.
The Burford website lists some great insiders tips for how to get the most out of your trip to Burford including: – always make sure you explore down the little alleyways and side streets – there are shops and eateries everywhere – walk out of Burford along Witney Street to get to the River Windrush for a really pretty walk – always make sure you walk right through to the back of the pubs in the summer as most of them have really pretty gardens and courtyards away from the hustle and bustle.
The watercolour painting accompanying this post is by the artist Liam O’Farrell. To see more of his wonderful work and in particular more of his watercolour paintings of the Cotswolds visit http://www.liamofarrell.com/
That was how William Morris described Bibury, the charming picturesque village in the Cotswolds. The River Coln flows through Bibury and lies between the main street in the village and a watermeadow known as Rack Isle. The river, being close to the Trout farm in the village is full of trout, and the river is home to black swans. It’s a beautiful village to spend time in, and definitely one to put on your itinerary when visiting the Cotswolds.