We will be driving from Bath to Chipping Campden in early June. We will be spending 3 nights in the Cotswolds and I'm trying to decide which place(s) to go. We are active walkers, in our early 60's, like history, gardens and nature. Should we just drive straight there or is there someplace we should see that is more or less along the way? We will be going to North Wales after the Cotswolds. We are also looking for recommendations for the most scenic Cotwolds walks that are not too steep. We can easily walk 5 miles. Thanks!
I was just in that area a few weeks ago. My family and I loved Hailes Church and the Abbey ruins outside of Winchcombe, which is somewhat on the way. Hailes Church is a quiet Norman church with medieval paintings on its walls from the 12th century. Right across the street is where the ruins of the abbey are, and you can walk through them for a small fee. There is also a farm store and restaurant if you travel a little down the same road.
And if you like gardens, the nearby Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe has some really nice ones. There's a new TV show called the White Princess that used the gardens as a filming location to double for the gardens of Westminster.
The village Castle Combe is well worth a visit. The walk on the Cotswold Way National Trail from Chipping Campden to Broadway is six miles with beautiful views. Go to Amazon and get the book Tea Shop Walks in the Cotswolds, it has 28 different walks, from 2 1/4 miles to 10 miles, most of the walks are between 4 - 6 miles.
Check the National Trust UK Web site. Click Days Out and type in Chipping Campden and it shows several sites to visit and walks in the area. My favorite is Snowhill Manor and Garden. Bath has several great walks. You will love North Wales. Be sure to stop in Chester on the way and walk the city walls. Of course The Edward Castles are the must sees. You can get a Welsh pass to save on admissions You can also get a Couples membership from the National Trust which can save you on a lot, too. The price for 14 days was 57 pounds last time I checked. You can buy online and start the timing on your first visit.