Today we are bringing the last post of our Cotswolds trip with a beautiful film which is up ready on our Youtube channel. Together with the film in this post, we are providing a few tips in case the vlog raises your interest in the Cotswolds and you wish to start planning it right away.
If, like us, you are not driving a car in the area, here are some tips to make the most of it!
Tip 1: Set your home base in Moreton-in-Marsh
Moreton-in-Marsh is already one of the cute stone-built villages but it has a very useful train station. We took a plane to Gatwick, from there we took a direct bus to Oxford (reserve your tickets in advance for a cheaper fare) and from the city we took a 10 minute train to Moreton. You can also land in Birmingham but it takes almost the same time to arrive to Moreton-in-marsh.
Tip 2: Don’t miss the walk from Bourton-on-the-water to Stow-on-the-wold
It is amazing because you’ll have a taste of the best of the Cotswolds: gorgeous towns, green fields and farm animals. Check our post to read everything about this walk. One of the perks of travelling with public transport is that you don’t have to do circular walks and thus end up visiting more with the same amount of time. Visit also Bibury, Broadway, Chipping Campden and if you have more time Castle Combe, which is a southern town on the Cotswolds area. We already knew Bath from a former travel, so we skipped it this time, but it’s a total MUST for those who haven’t visited it yet.
Tip 3: Visit Bourton-on-the-water in the morning
This tip goes together with the second because to visit the Slaughters we started at Bourton-on-the-water. The official National trail recommends walking it on the opposite side, but if you trust us you’ll be able to enjoy a almost empty Bourton-on-the-water in the morning and believe us, this is a great treat (it’s a super popular town).
Tip 4: Pulham & Johnsons couches will be your best friends
Tip 5: Make reservations for dinner
If you are like us visiting it with public transport, the easiest would be to have dinner in your same hotel. Almost all the hotels we checked had their own restaurant, or even both, a bar (which served food as well) and a restaurant. Since lots of the hotel residents, plus locals and guests from other hotels will be eating in your hotel restaurant, it is convenient to make a reservation. We reserve them at the same time of our booking to release our minds of this.
Tip 6: Visit Oxford, it’s only a 10 minute train ride!
Oxford deserves a couple or three days on its own. But at least to take a good taste, leave a day in your trip to visit it. It is only 10 minutes away from Moreton with trains riding until late at night, so you are able to also go there for a couple of hours or even to only have dinner. One of the nights we had dinner in Oxford’s Jamie Oliver’s Italian. Oxford’s Harry Potter real locations are a MUST no matter if you are a fan of the saga or not.
Hope you enjoyed it! If you are planning your own trip, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment and we will be happy to guide you!