Day 2 - touring Cotswolds north west corner, inc. Stratford upon Avon

An 80 odd miles tour of the north west corner of the Cotswolds

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Stratford upon Avon. Birthplace of William Shakespeare, home of the Shakespeare Theatre. You can follow the bards life here in all sorts of ways.
Leave Stratford on the A3400, turn onto the A429 then the B4035 to Chipping Campden - 16 miles
Chipping Campden
Chipping Campden. Perhaps the loveliest of the Cotswolds villages. It has managed to keep out the coaches and control the crowds
S on B4081 to join A44 to Broadway - 7 miles
Broadway. Probably best known these days for the Lygon Arms, but a visit to the Broadway Tower Country Park will give wonderful views over the escarpment
A pleasant run along the B4632 at the bottom of the Cotswolds escarpment to Winchcombe - 7 miles
Winchcombe. See where splendid wool church and Sudeley Castle, home of Queen Katherine Parr (she survived Henry VIII and later remarried)
Take minor roads past Sudeley Castle, through Guitting Power, Naunton and Lower Swell to Stow - 9 miles
Stow on the Wold. A real Cotswolds cross roads, it is difficult to avoid Stow. However you would not want to avoid it, it has a pleasant town square and lots of antique shops
S from Stow on the A429, you will see the Slaughters marked to your right after a few miles - 3 miles
Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter are close to each other. Lower is more crowded as a stream run s through the village, adding to the picturesqueness
its only 1 mile to Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water. Perhaps too many people visit Bourton, but there is plenty of entertainment for the visitors with masses of attractions
Take minor roads through the Rissingtons, Great Barrington and Taynton to Burford - 8 miles
Burford. The main street is on a steep hill and has bags of character, antique shops and tea rooms
Follow A424 north to Stow on the Wold - 10 miles
Stow-on-the Wold
As we said it is difficult to avoid Stow
Then N on A429  to Moreton in Marsh - 4 miles
Moreton in Marsh. One of those wide main streets dating back to medieval market times
A429 and A3400 North to Stratford - 17 miles


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