Slow Cotswolds

  • Slow Travel: The Cotswolds is here!

    It's here! It's published! It's out there!

    Following months of updating (not to mention some 45 years of research - I grew up and have lived in the Cotswolds all my life), I'm thrilled to say that the 2nd edition - new and updated - of Slow Travel: The Cotswolds has been published. With a shiny new cover and change of format inside, the guide will, I hope, prove invaluable to both visitors to the Cotswolds and residents within alike.

    So what's different - other than the cover? Aside from the existing content that has been thoroughly checked, and revised where needed, there's lots of new material too - more nuggets of interesting information (did you know that the first hot-air balloon flight in Britain - and the first Englishman to fly - took off from Christ Church Meadow in Oxford?), more personal recommendations for places to eat and drink (such as StarBistro in Cheltenham and at Star College, Ullenwood), more accommodation and lots of new places to visit. There are new personally recommended walks, with accompanying maps, and cycle rides and tours. And there's a whole brand new section celebrating food and drink in the Cotswolds - whether you're looking to sample local cheeses that you're unlikely to find outside the region or take part in a course at one of the Cotswolds' fine cookery schools.

    One thing that has changed considerably is the amount of content given over to the Cotswolds' gateway towns and cities of Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. In order to make way for additional content in the Cotswolds the three separate chapters that the first edition enjoyed on each of these urban beauties have gone. In their place, for the 2nd edition, is a brand new 'Gateway Cities' chapter, providing a tour of the places I would take you to if I were personally showing you around.

    This Gateways chapter doesn't always include the really big-name attractions that you'll find in virtually every brochure, website or guidebook. In place, I offer some lesser-known gems or a different take on a classic attraction.

    However, if you do want a full guide to Bath, Oxford or Stratford-upon-Avon, my complete and fully revised guides to these towns and cities are online: Bath - Oxford - Stratford-upon-Avon

    If you'd like to find out more about the ethos behind the book Slow Travel: The Cotswolds, click on the menu above for 'Home'. If you'd like to find out more about the ethos behind the whole Slow Travel series, published by Bradt Guides, and where else in the British Isles is covered by the collection, click on the menu above, 'The Slow mindset'.

    I very much hope that you enjoy using the book as much as I have loved researching and writing it. Indeed, I hope you enjoy reading it, for I'd like to think that it is a great read for the armchair traveller too - and might inspire you to explore this magnificent region in person.

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