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The Cotswolds is incredibly beautiful, any time of year. While you may earmark visits to a few well-known and much-loved destinations while you are staying at your Cotswolds holiday cottage, don’t discount the beauty of the journeys too.
Driving through the Cotswolds is an experience in itself. It’s a great way to learn more about where the various villages are, and you never know what you might come across on the way.
You can easily plan some shorter routes on a map if you have one with you. Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter are all quite close to one another and therefore easy to reach by car. You can spend some time exploring each of them as well before moving on to the next location. One circular route takes in the Slaughters and Stow-on-the-Wold before moving on to Broadway and then going in an anti-clockwise direction round to Guiting Power before arriving back at the Slaughters again.
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You can actually drive this route from Cheltenham and take in Chipping Campden en route as well if you wish. Also possible from Cheltenham is the southern-based route taking in Painswick, Cirencester, Bibury, Lechlade-on-Thames and Burford.
While you can follow a well-driven route such as the ones mentioned above, you can also have some fun planning your own scenic Cotswold drive. Start from your Cotswolds holiday cottage and see which towns and villages are nearby. You can then plan a circular route that would take about a day to complete. Don’t forget to allow time to stop off and explore some of the villages along the way, before returning to your Cotswolds holiday cottage.
It’s also worth looking at A roads and far quieter back roads too if you can. Main routes will be busier, and you’ll miss all manner of quiet villages and hamlets that are well-kept secrets around these parts. Don’t be afraid to stray off the route for a while if you spot something appealing. As long as you have a map you cannot go far wrong at all while taking a scenic drive in the Cotswolds.