Hello. First let me acknowledge that I am way late in the game for trying to do what I’m trying to do. Some tough life got in the way of planning. Now that I’ve acknowledge my predicament, I’m looking for help in planning some time in the Cotswolds, leaving London either the evening of 6/27 or morning of 6/28 (a Sunday, which evidently is a “don’t try to do the Cotswolds on this day of the week”) and staying in the Cotswolds until the evening of the 29th or morning of the 30th at which time we hope to go to Blenheim Palace. Not sure how long to allow for that sight – I’m thinking 4 hours? I would like to see Blenheim as early as possible in order to leave time in the late afternoon, early evening to walk around Oxford, where we would spend the night of 6/30 in order to catch a morning train to Stockport (I think that’s it) from which we’ll catch a bus to Lyme Park. After touring Lyme Park, we’d like to catch a train to Manchester where we’ll spend the night and catch a flight to Amsterdam the following day.
I don’t know whether this itinerary is even possible, and even if it is, I don’t know where to start to make it happen. Start with transportation? With lodging? With the flight out of Amsterdam? Also, as for the Cotswold part of it all, I’m wondering if I’m scheduling too much time there since we won’t have a car and will have to rely on public transportation, which is apparently non-existent on Sunday. A private driver is beyond our means. I'm thinking we would stay in Chipping Campden. Is everything closed on Sunday? We just want a couple of days to relax after London and do some light hiking in the area.