10 of the most unforgettable Cotswold views
PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:39 18 January 2019
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.
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.
Attracting ramblers, runners, families, dog walkers, horse riders and golfers, among many more all year round, you’re in good company when it comes to enjoying the beauty of Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons. Standing atop Rodborough Commons, expect to see incredible vistas of Stroud’s town buildings, and the rolling patchwork fields of Severn Vale and beyond.
The National Trust managed natural amphitheatre of Dover’s Hill, near the charming market town of Chipping Campden, stands at 230 metres above sea level, meaning gorgeous views are guaranteed from the top of its height. It was also home to the original English Olympic Games.
With 15,000 specimens from all over the world, there’s plenty to see at Westonbirt Arboretum. A walk along the STIHL Treetop Walkway allows for visitors to walk among the trees – a stunning spectacle during the spring and autumn months when the arboretum comes alive with colour.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Immortalised by Laurie Lee in his famed novel Cider with Rosie, Slad is a small, grey-stone village sitting along the beautiful landscape of Slad Valley. During the summer months, you can expect to find swathes of wild garlic and wild flowers in the valley – as well as pretty views of the Cotswold countryside.
Mount Inn, Stanton
Rooftops peeking between the trees and patchwork fields stretching out as far as the eye can see, views from the pretty pub garden of the Mount Inn at Stanton are difficult to beat. Bonus: you can enjoy the view with a pint and ploughmans lunch.
Just outside the region…
With spectacular views across to the Cotswolds and beyond, the Malvern Hills are popular with dog-walkers and hikers alike.
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.