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Suggestions for a very scenic drive thru the Costwolds

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Suggestions for a very scenic drive thru the Costwolds

Thanks for everyone's suggestions on public transporation and bus tours. After some deliberation, I'm quite sure now that my mom & I are going to rent a car from Oxford and drive ourselves. I want to really enjoy the experience and not feel rushed by a bus tour. I've driven in Ireland several times so driving on the left on narrow roads won't be a problem. Starting from Oxford, what would you suggest as a very scenic drive around the Cotswolds? We love pretty little villages, scenic vistas and fields full of lambs. Shopping is not all that important to us. A nice pub suggestion for lunch would be cool. We've already been to Stratford and want to go to other places. Again, thanks in advance for your help!

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1. Re: Suggestions for a very scenic drive thru the Costwolds

Burford is straightforward from Oxford. Touristy, but an attractive town. I have a soft spot for Bibury and its trout farm and the gorgeous Arlington Row; I think it was Northleach I drove through, and thought: "This is lovely" but didn't have time to stop as we were on our way to Upper and Lower Slaughter which are picturesque; not too far from Bourton on the Water. Very touristy, but quite a few attractions....

Don't really know the NW side of the Cotswolds, so hopefully someone can fill you in on that.

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2. Re: Suggestions for a very scenic drive thru the Costwolds

Stow on the Wold and Broadway are very nice places to visit.

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4. Re: Suggestions for a very scenic drive thru the Costwolds

HI. We are doing the Cotswolds iN May and I found online the Romantic Road drive which takes you on two routes of Cotswolds. Think this will cover your interests. We are staying in Chipping Campden.

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5. Re: Suggestions for a very scenic drive thru the Costwolds

As you feel fine driving on the left on narrow roads, let's take you down a few shall we?

Once you've done the hardest part of the drive, that's getting out of Oxford from Abbey Road, choose 1) along the Botley Road then onto the A34 north then off at Pear Tree Interchange, across one roundabout then down onto another to gain access to the A40 or 2) head into the city following Hythe Bridge Street, Beaumont Street, left at the Randolph Hotel and up St Giles to Woodstock Road, follow that to the A40 roundabout then west to the Cotswolds.

Head on the A40 to Burford, to visit you'll need to dip northwards into the town by exiting the A40 then returning to it later, continue to the junction with the B4425 (signposted Bibury) and head down there for another break. At the Swan Hotel in Bibury there's a little road that follows the valley of the River Coln, signposted Ablington, follow that (it's an unclassified road,it has no number). Make sure you keep left at Ablington otherwise you'll leave the valley behind you and it won't half be as attractive. Cross the river, turn right at the T junction and head to Winson and Coln St Dennis, cross the Fosse Way A429 at Fossebridge then continue to Chedworth Roman Villa and you'll end up in Withington at a lovely old pub called the Mill. A possible late lunch stop?

Head from there back onto the A40 to Andoversford then bear right on to the A436 and then B4068 to Naunton, bearing right about 3 miles after the village to Upper Slaughter then Lower Slaughter. From there both Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water are easily signposted and so is the A424 to Burford to get you on the A40 back to Oxford.

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6. Re: Suggestions for a very scenic drive thru the Costwolds

One of my favorite drives in the Cotswolds is the drive from Cheltenham on the A46 up to Painswick. There are some lovely views as you go up the valley looking back towards Cheltenham and Gloucester. You will pass the Prinknash Abbey with the Bird Park and the Pottery made by the monks. As you enter into Painswick it is most definitely worth while to stop and walk through the wonderful church yard with the Yews and step inside St Mary's church.

From Painswick you can take any of the many small roads leading to other small villages such as Cranham, Edge, etc. Lovely views on clear days.

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