We are researching the Cotswolds and plan to do a three to four night stay, following three nights in Bath. We are trying to do this without using a car, traveling mostly by train between major points and by bus or walking from our central locations. I found this program for exploring by public transportation on one of the Cotswold Tourism Board sites and was hoping for some feedback about it. Sometimes tourism boards can be a bit overenthusiatic about areas that they are trying to promote, and I'd like to know if this is as worthwhile as it sounds. Moreton-in-Marsh is certainly easily done by train, and that is a plus, but I've seen some less than enthusiastic reviews here about it. That said, it sounds, from the itinerary below, to be a good central location with good transport links, if what is outlined is, in fact, practical and doable.
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Out and About from Moreton in Marsh
The following is a suggested 3-day itinerary for a short break based in Morton in Marsh. It is designed so that each day a different part of the Cotswolds can be explored using public transport - a combination of rail and bus.
DAY 1: Into the ancient forest of Wychwood
Travel by train from Moreton to the small market town of Charlbury on the Cotswold Line. Charlbury is snugly situated in the Evenlode Valley well away from busy main roads. It looks across the valley to the fine 600 acre Cornbury Park estate almost surrounded by the great woodlands of Wychwood Forest. Whilst in Charlbury, pay a visit to Cornbury Park, owned by Lord & Lady Rotherwick, part of which is a National Nature Reserve where many forms of wildlife, including fallow deer, roam freely. Access to the reserve is via a public footpath which runs through the forest.
Take the return train to Moreton
Take the bus service 21/22 (Johnson's Coaches) to Chipping Campden
Walk the Cotswold Way over Dover's Hill - the site of the Cotswold Olympick Games which takes place in June each year and first held in 1612.
Take in the fine views across 16 counties from Broadway Tower/
Drop down into Broadway – enjoy a well deserved refreshment in one of many excellent restaurants, inns and tea rooms.
Return to Moreton in Marsh by bus service 21/22
Day 3: Travel the Fosse – in the footsteps of the Romans
Stop off at each of these classic, picturesque Cotswold towns and explore their hidden delights.
Return from Northleach to Moreton