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10 of the most unforgettable Cotswold views

PUBLISHED: 17:05 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:47 05 October 2016

The rolling greenery of the Cotswold countryside © Matthew Dixon

The rolling greenery of the Cotswold countryside © Matthew Dixon


The Cotswolds are famous for rolling hills, countryside views and honey-coloured architecture. Here are ten of the best places to catch a glimpse of breathtaking Cotswold scenery.

Cleeve Hill

Cleeve Hill is the highest point in the Cotswolds and has sweeping views across Cheltenham and west Gloucestershire. You can admire the scenery with a pint at the Rising Sun pub, perched at the top of the hill

Crickley Hill

With breathtaking views, secluded picnic spots and plenty of places for peace and quiet, Crickley Hill epitomises what life in the Cotswolds is really about.

Broadway Tower

Standing at 65 feet high, the tower is the second highest point in the Cotswolds and on a clear day you can see up to 16 counties. Absorb the view whilst enjoying a hazelnut hot chocolate in the tower’s café.

Leckhampton Hill

Leckhampton Hill is extremely popular with dog walkers in the Cotswolds due to the beautiful and far-reaching views from the top. Keep an eye out for the devil’s chimney, a limestone rock formation standing proud above Cheltenham.

Bath Skyline

The Bath Skyline has plenty of hidden valleys, woodlands and meadows, all with magnificent views across the picture-perfect city.

The Malvern Hills

With spectacular views across to the Cotswolds and beyond, the Malvern Hills are popular with dog-walkers and hikers alike.


If you’re simply looking for the Cotswold fairytale views you’ve seen online, the rolling hills dotted with limestone houses that surround the village of Chedworth, represent these perfectly. Make sure you take your camera!

University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

The laborious climb to the top of the tower is well-worth the spectacular views across the city, with some even citing the scenery as some of the best views of Oxford.

Beckford’s Tower, Bath

Situated on Lansdown Hill, the 120-foot tower enjoys uninterrupted views across the surrounding countryside.

For more information about the Cotswolds, please read:

28 reasons why you should move to the Cotswolds
Cotswold villages: 10 of the prettiest places to visit
Cosy Cotswolds pubs: 8 of the best places to go

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  • SInce when have the Malvern Hills and Oxford been in The Cotswolds? There is a campaign at the moment led by the leader of Cotswold District Council to move that council's jurisdiction to West Oxfordshire. I wonder whether your inclusion of Oxford is showing tacit support for this campaign.

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