The Cotswolds is a beautiful rural area bursting with history and picturesque views. Located south central England, The Cotswolds spans over six counties, with Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire being the most notable, followed by Somerset, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. With it’s rolling cotswold hillsides, grassland harbour thatched medieval stone built villages, stately homes and churches constructed of distinctive local yellow limestone. The hundred and two mile Cotswold Way walking trail follows the Cotswolds Edge (above the Servern Valley & Evesham Vale) escarpment from Bath in the south to Chipping Campden in the north. The area is truly defined by its bed-rock of Jurassic limestone that creates a habitat of grassland which is extremely rare in the UK, resulting in this beautiful yellow coloured Cotswold Stone still being quarried in the Cotswolds today.
The Cotswolds are roughly twenty five miles (40km) across and Ninety miles (145km) long, stretching southwest from just south of ‘Stratford-upon-Avon’ to just south of Bath. The Cotswolds hills actually lend their name to the Cotswold local government district in Gloucestershire, which administers a large part of the cotswold area.