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London to Cotswolds

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London to Cotswolds

Hello All...

What is our best means of transport (scenic and expeditious) from London to the Cotswolds? We will want to rent a car when we arrive and we are staying in Chipping Campden - so, best place to arrive?

Thank you.

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1. Re: London to Cotswolds

The quickest way is by train from Paddington to Moreton in Marsh - just over and hour and a half. In terms of rentals, you won't have much choice. I would imagine that your best bets will be local firms in Evesham or Stratford upon Avon. Not sure if they will deliver as far as Moreton. Someone else may be able to advise a bit better.

Alternatively, rent in London and drive from there? Or take the train to Oxford and pick up a car there.

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2. Re: London to Cotswolds

This is a link for car hire (Shipston on Stour) 8 miles from Moreton in Marsh - should you take the Paddington Line. You would most likely need to arrange a taxi to get you there as buses are infrequent (if at all!) - this is probably the nearest car hire. - The road between Moreton in Marsh & Shipston is very direct, - and leads easily into Chipping Campden. http://www.robgos.co.uk

Should you be considering car hire from Oxford, - you would pass enroute Blenheim Palace & Woodstock which may fit into your scenic criteria !

The nearest Hertz rental hire to Chipping Campden I believe to be Stratford upon Avon, at the Train Station, but it's more congested & a little farther afield.

Hope that helps.

TP

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3. Re: London to Cotswolds

As had previously been said, take the mainline to Moreton-in-Marsh.

As far as car hire is concerned, we have recommended to our guests in the past Evesham Self Drive at www.eveshamselfdrive.co.uk/ who will normally deliver the car to Moreton-in-Marsh and collect from there. Moreton is only a few miles away from Chipping Campden.

Have a great trip.

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4. Re: London to Cotswolds

If you are travelling between now and the end of August, check that there ARE trains to Moreton. The line from Oxford is undergoing extensive works and is replaced by a bus for various dates as far as Moreton and for all that time beyond Moreton.

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5. Re: London to Cotswolds

Thank you for your helpful suggestions. Trying to decide if we are brave enough to drive in London on the "wrong" (tee hee) side of the road. Kinda' intimidating.....

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6. Re: London to Cotswolds

You don't have to drive IN London which would be difficult. Driving out to the Cotswolds is quite straightforward and you could take a pretty route. Start on the M40, go round Oxford on the ring road (by then you will be confident with the car) and you could even stop at one of the Park and Ride sites and take a bus into the city.

(This is much the best way to visit Oxford by the way.)

From Burford take the road to Stow and from there to Chipping Campden.

Don't worry to much about the " "wrong" side of the road; the car is designed for it and every one else is doing it!

We have driven quite a lot in USA with little problem and have just done a 3.500 mile trip around Europe in our English right hand drive van. It quickly becomes second nature. You may have more problem with our narrow Cotswold lanes though!.

Sure you will have a great trip.

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7. Re: London to Cotswolds

we were in London in June, rented a car at the end of our London stay, picked the car up at Heathrow (a bit of a challenge due to the tube strike--we ended up in a cab to Heathrow), and drove to Bath and the Cotswolds. Driving on the left was interesting, but certainly easier in the countryside! have a great trip! we did have tea at Badgers Hall in Chipping Campden and it was wonderful...

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8. Re: London to Cotswolds

Hi - There are very few car hire companies local to Chipping Camden so I would suggest getting the train from London to Oxford and picking up your car there. Getting a car delivered from Evesham to Moerton would not be so easy in my opinion. The drive to Chipping Campden from Oxford train station is about 45 minutes and routes through many cotswold villages.

Or - Be brave and pick up a hire car at the airport in London. I know it is scary driving on the 'wrong' side of the road but from the airport you are on the motorway for the first 75% of your way. In my experience motorway driving is the best way to get accustomed to driving on the other side as all you have to do is point the car in one direction and drive! By the time you hit the B roads you will be feeling much more confident.

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