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Discover rolling hills and rural charm
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The Cotswolds covers a huge amount of the UK countryside, meaning there are plenty of train stations you can use as a gateway into the area. As it’s situated in the west of England, many of the UK’s biggest southwest train stations are within touching distance of the Cotswolds. These include:
CrossCountry trains runs regular services to the four largest train stations in and around the Cotswolds: Bath Spa, Oxford, Cheltenham Spa and Gloucester. So, whether you’re travelling to the Cotswolds from Manchester, Newcastle, York, Bournemouth, Plymouth and more, you can find your way to the beautiful countryside with CrossCountry. Some of the most popular routes are:
If you’re travelling from London to the Cotswolds, Paddington serves many of the train stations around the area. It’s about a 90-minute journey into Oxford, and you can expect similar times to other stations.
Boasting almost 800 miles of unspoilt countryside, the Cotswolds is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It’s brimming with idealistic villages, sumptuous scenery, and bucket loads of charm.
The limestone hills enchant in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), weaving amongst each other to create more than 3,000 miles of footpaths and public rights of way. It’s the perfect place for relaxing walking holidays and serious hiking trips alike, with both challenging treks and short circular paths.
In between the walking you can explore quaint villages made of stone, drink in some of the UK’s oldest pubs, and marvel at medieval architecture. You won’t find any shortage of good hospitality; it’s known as a celebrity getaway, so luxury is at the top of the agenda for local businesses.
Cirencester is known as the capital of the Cotswolds, but there are hundreds of villages you can visit, such as Painswick, Burford, Northleach, and the famously stunning Castle Combe. Many of the villages have circular footpaths, so a walk followed by a cold pint is always on the cards.
The Cotwolds has a history that dates all the way back to the Roman times, so it has an abundance of history to offer. Burton-on-the-Water, Bilbury and Burford were once known for their wool production, while Edgehill was the site of the first battle of the Civil War in 1642 (visit The Castle Inn for a drink, situated on the summit of the hill).
There’s so much that’s beautiful about this part of the world, it has to be seen to be believed. Book your train to the Cotswolds and experience it now.
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