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Guide to Cotswold Towns and Villages

Popular Stops on our Cotswold Walking Holidays

In the next series of posts we will be looking closer at some of the towns and villages in The Cotswolds. Places that are popular stops on our Cotswold walking holidays. A bit of history, what’s to see and do. A few recommendations for food and drink. We hope you find it informative.

 Moreton-in-Marsh is a popular market town in the Evenlode Valley of The Cotswolds.  An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. 

Moreton in Marsh market
Moreton in Marsh market

Moreton-in-Marsh is situated on the Fosse Way an important ancient Roman road.

It has its own train station, served by the main line railway from London Paddington. Here is a link to the national train timetable

Moreton-in-Marsh became established in the thirteenth century as a market town. It has a wide main street. Many fine Cotswold stone buildings. There is a busy Tuesday market with many stalls attracting lots of visitors. Moreton has been an important stopover for more than 1700 years. It was used as a coaching station for travelers heading to London or the north of England.

Here are a couple of links to places we recommend for food and drink:

Stow-on the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns perched on the 250 metre high Stow Hill.  It was built at a junction of seven roads, including The Fosse Way Roman Road. The town was founded by Norman lords to take advantage of trade on these converging roads

Stow market square
Stow market square

In medieval times, at the peak of the Cotswold wool industry, Stow was famous for its huge annual fairs. Here as many as 20,000 sheep were sold at one time.

The large Market Square in the centre of Stow on Wold give a clue to the towns former importance. At one end stands the ancient cross, and at the other the town stocks, shaded between an old elm tree. Around the square the visitor is faced with an elegant array of Cotswold town houses and shops.

Stow on the Wold Shops
Stow on the Wold Shops

Today Stow on The Wold is still an important trading centre. It has many Antique shops, Art galleries, Gifts and Crafts centres.  

Here are a couple of links to places we recommend for food and drink:

For more information about our Cotswold Walking Holidays, you can contact us here

We look forward to hearing from you.

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