Blogs from Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


The Cotswolds deserve their reputation. Everything you've heard about them is probably true, even the cliche's! Yes they are quintessentially English, they are post card picturesque, they are the playground for the well to do and the 'Champagne Charlies' from the cities, the are quaint, charming and really quite beguiling and yes every village does serve cream teas, pork pies, fish and chips, pasties (which they pronounce nothing like we don't!) and ice-creams but not all at once! From Chipping Campden via Stow on the Wold, Long Compton and Little Compton, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter to Bourton on the Water Even the place names are enchanting! Apart from not being able to see over the hedgerows for half the journey the drive is delightful. We keep off the main arterial roads which means frequent 'disorientations' ... read more
Chipping Campden. Probably my favourite Cotswold village.
Bourbon on the Water. Second favourite?
Chipping Campden Main Street.

It's early blog time having just gone midday. Just completed a little cheese and biscuit snack whilst sitting in the garden of our BnB in the SUNSHINE. It is almost warm here and really quite pleasant. The morning was spent in delightful Moreton on Marsh doing our laundry. But really that's just putting it in the machine, working out how to get laundry powder and how to turn the machine on. But really really that's just giving it to Lee then going for a walk around the town. We did though go to Broadmoor Tower, the highest tower in the Cotwalds (bit like saying I was the best long jumper in kindergarten). I walked there when I walked the Cotswald Way and it is a bit of a destination spot. Now it's walk time for me ... read more
Chipping Campden, the tradition breakfast shot (you can't call a breakfast like this brekkie!).
Guess what's on today's?
But there is also the obligatory tower.

Saturday 25 July 2015 We have waited a while for a fine day and here it is, so it's up, up and away on a drive around the Cotswolds. We have a rough idea of places we might visit, but first we need to drive northeast from Gloucester to reach the Cotswolds area. We pass through Cheltenham admiring its tree-lined streets and large gracious houses, then we are out of the town and driving on quiet country roads. The names of English villages include some that cause curiosity and occasionally mirth. One such name suddenly stood out, demanding attention. We headed towards the village of Wyre Piddle Just because we could. This did not appear to be a "tourist trap" town, but did have a pub backing onto the River Avon. We drank our coffee on ... read more
Wyre Piddle
Wyre Piddle
Wyre Piddle

A combination of a low in the sky sun and high cloud has had the effect of holding back the daybreak really making it look as though a new day has begun. We are certainly getting the feeling that autumn is well underway and that is being aided by the cool temperatures. Full kitchen facilities means a full breakfast although we couldn’t find any bacon in the supermarket yesterday afternoon that looked good enough to accompany our eggs so we shall make do with just poached eggs on toast. Although we had been to this area before, four years ago, we had just taken a day’s drive from south to north and as it had been so busy because it was summer we hadn’t actually stopped to take much in. So we are treating that as ... read more
The original market place,Chipping Campden

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Chipping Campden September 9th 2012

The weather has been great and we've both managed to get sunburnt. We had 3 nights in the Cotswolds, so just 2 full days to get a taste of the region - we could have easily done with more. Our first day was spent travelling through a couple of villages in the North Cotswolds, visiting some lovely gardens and trying to avoid getting lost along the twisting roads. The main village that we visited was Chipping Campden which was just down the road from "our" village of Ebrington. Chipping Campden is a small market town and known for its High Street which dates from the 14th to 17th century; this is lined with buildings constructed from the very attractive Cotswold Stone. We picked up a map from the local information centre and walked the streets following ... read more
Another Chipping Campden thatched house
Chipping Campden High Street
Church in Chipping Campden

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Chipping Campden September 4th 2012

We left Holcombe Brook this morning and travelled to The Cotswolds via Warwick. 'Tis a touch different here to the villages around Bury - more of that later. Our last few days in the Bury area were quite relaxed. Terry is almost over his cold, the weather improved and we're just about in the swing of being on holidays. On Saturday we spent the day riding the rails on the East Lancashire Railway. This is a tourist railway that runs a couple of steam trains backwards and forwards between the towns of Rawtenstall and Heywood, passing through Bury, Ramsbottom and a couple of smaller villages. We bought tickets that allowed us to get on and off at will so it was a pleasant way to see a couple of other villages and the countryside between. Rawtenstall ... read more
View along the ELR line
Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick
Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick

Today, we should visit in the morning the little towns Bourton-on-the-water & Chipping Campden. Really nice towns, but not spectacular. In the afternoon, we should visit the Roman Villa (Yanworth), where ruins of one of the biggest villa's from the Roman Empire were open for public. This would be the highlight of the day. However, this day was a disappointment (not by the weather). Today, at 9 we left our hotel in Swindon after the breakfast. First, we should visit Bourton-on-the-Water. We took a tourist route with the bus. Our driver drove "adventurous". Some roads were very small, and we had a big tour bus. The driver drove maybe a little bit hard, also through the curves of the road, and sometimes we had to brake very hard, because of oncoming traffic. However, I never felt ... read more

Geo: 52.0497, -1.78013I woke up about 5am (midnight for you) after a decent few hours of sleep. I thought we had overslept because the sunshine was so bright. Nope, just that far North that the sun rises long before 5am! So I forced myself to go back to sleep until 6:30. Breakfast, ordered the night before, was ready for us at 7:30. We wanted to fit a few things in before we caught our bus to Chipping Campden at noon. Our first stop was the Holy Trinity Church, the burial site for Shakespeare. Stratford is a beautiful town. Everyone seems to have flowers or flower gardens (even if they have only drilled a hole in the sidewalk and have them growing out of the sidewalk) and neat little houses. The walk took us by parks, a ... read more
The church that wool built
Swing on THIS chain! Ouch!
Close up detail of the chain....

I have done nothing today. Just trying to see how this works. :)... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Chipping Campden December 1st 2010

The Dover Hill Walking Course, which goes through the western hillside of Chipping Campden, woodlands, and small villages, has been introduced in many guidebooks. It requires approximately two hours to complete. The starting point is the Catholic Church, on the south edge of High Street. Go through the residential are and follow the signpost for Dover Hill, and start climbing the footpath. The uphill path goes through he sheep’s grazing field, which is an emblem of the Cotswolds. The uphill path brings you to the concrete road for two automobile lines. Beware of the traffic while crossing over the road, and find the signpost for Dover Hill on the left hand. After going through the kissing gate, it takes you to the pasture field, which is home to sheep and the surface is rather uneven due ... read more
Dover Hill
Blue flowers

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