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Alternative to The Cotswolds?

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Alternative to The Cotswolds?

First trip to London, though I spent a weekend in Cambridge last year. We have 7 days and would like to get a glimpse of the English countryside, (thatched roof cottages, etc.) Someone on another thread mentioned The Cotswolds as being overly promoted by Rick Steves. I’m wondering if somebody can recommend a cute little town to visit for lunch and a stroll, accessible by public transportation that might fit the bill just as well. I’m not at all opposed to “tourist traps” as that’s what we are! (Stratford on Avon looks perfect, but too far.)

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Alternative to The Cotswolds?

"Stratford on Avon looks perfect, but too far."

Since Stratford is only about two hours from London what is your definition of "too far".

I think you should aso avoid using the term "cute" - it has all the wrong connotations of Disneyland.

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2. Re: Alternative to The Cotswolds?

Who is Rick Steves?

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A guide book writer popular with (some) lemmings despite the fact that his books are full of inaccuracies and lead the lemmings off the wrong cliff!

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4. Re: Alternative to The Cotswolds?

Maybe the soi-disant experts could provide suggestions? There is an active Rick Steves bashing thread.

I would say Shropshire--Church Stretton is on a rail li ne--but it's about 2 1/2 hours from London.

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5. Re: Alternative to The Cotswolds?

Try Arundel, http://www.arundel.org.uk/ direct train from London. Whilst there you might fancy a short Taxi to overdose on English vernacular building at http://www.wealddown.co.uk/

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In just over a couple of hours you could get a direct train to Sherborne in Dorset: two castles, a fine abbey church, golden stone buildings and a wonderful contrast to London bustle.

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7. Re: Alternative to The Cotswolds?

Or Rutland - 100 miles north of London. And stop off at Stamford for the beautiful, stone built town and Burghley House next door.

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8. Re: Alternative to The Cotswolds?

If you're going for lunch and a walk round, then back to London, I assume you want no more than an hour travel time?

I would be looking at somewhere in the Thames Valley like Marlow, or the Chilterns such as Wendover - pretty market town with a few thatched and half timbered buildings. From there you could get a bus to walk around one of the villages like Weston Turville, which might meet your cute cottage needs!

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9. Re: Alternative to The Cotswolds?

Yet again St Albans, It is a large city rather than small town, but the subsidiary area of St Michaels has a village feel. Cathedral, Roman remains, attractive pubs and architecture, parkland (Verulamium) easy access by 20 minute train ride. Large street market on Saturday, smaller on Wednesday. If you walk, try a bus to Childwick Green (main destination Harpenden/Luton) and use half walk (below) 5 to visit 'cute' estate village, and mills on chalk stream.

www.riverver.co.uk/pages-walks/walks05.html

http://www.enjoystalbans.com/

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10. Re: Alternative to The Cotswolds?

The cotswolds is quite a big area - I'm sure you can avoid the crowds.

The area around Rutland, east Leicestershire, Northamptonshire contains many attractive villages that are very cotswoldy, being made of the same stone:

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There are also few tourists, plenty of nice pubs ets. You might like the town of Stamford too, Burghley house next door etc.

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