Cotswolds III
Gloucestershire & Oxfordshire- January 2007

This was our 3rd visit to this area of outstanding natural beauty within a short space of 15 months! You know, it's difficult to explain, but the scenery is so stunning and breath-taking, we cannot think of anyone not wanting to appreciate the beauty of Cotswolds more than once. I know we may be slightly overdoing it, but there we go.

Distance from London - about 100 miles/ a  2-hour drive.

Also see pics from our earlier visits to Cotswolds!
Cotswolds (October 2005)
Cotswold Returns (December 2005)

Click on any image for full-size view.

Sunrise at 8am, somewhere close to Chipping Norton

Charlbury town centre

Charlbury, a historic market town that flourished from the wool trade in the 17th century.

Fields, closer to Chipping Norton

Lush green scenery, near Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton town, as seen from the distance

This area should come within the top few most breath-taking landscapes of the world.

Thilini, this is.

More fields and farms

Follow the yellow brick road....

(Ok..it's not exactly yellow and there are no bricks, but it would make a nice caption to a pic if you had seen "Wizard of Oz")

More and more fields

Bliss Mill, a historic wool mill in Chipping Norton, the highest town in Oxfordshire

The mill is now disused.

Stunning scenery

Somewhere between Chipping Norton and Chipping Campden, further North-West

Malith!

The official photographer of all our trips in 2005 & 2006. Soon leaving us for pastures green in Sri Lanka. Update: Malith left Feb 2007.

Even more fields, Chipping Campden

Town centre, Chipping Campden

This has been a flourishing wool trade centre from the 14th-17th centuries

High Street in Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden Market Hall, built 1627 AD.

Chipping Campden

Market Hall, built 1627 AD.

High Street in Chipping Campden

A house with a thatched roof!

Between Chipping Campden and Broadway

Broadway high street

Broadway, also known as "The Jewel of the Cotswolds"

Another view of the high street, Broadway.

Lower Slaughter

Best avoided in summer due to overcrowding!

Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds

Lower Slaughter

Aahhhh!!

Malith mokada methana karanne?

Sheep in Lower Slaughter, overweight by munching evergreen grass full of natural goodness of the Cotswolds

A disused water mill in the Slaughters

A typical house in Slaughters

On our way to Upper Slaughter

On the way to Upper Slaughter

Bourton-on-the-Water, or "Venice of the Cotswolds"

Bourton-on-the-Water

Somewhere between Bourton and Bibury

Between Bourton and Bibury

River Coln, flowing through Bibury, claimed to be the most beautiful village in England

The Arlington Row, claimed to be the most photographed row of houses in the world.

Dates back to the 17th century, when wool industry was thriving in this area.

Bibury

Mallards (A variety of duck) in Bibury, Cotswolds

More mallards, hanging out in River Coln flowing through Bibury

The Arlington Row

Arlington Row - another view

Arlington Row

Tee hee.

It's us. In Bibury. Arlington Row. The famous row of houses. The 3rd and probably the last time!

Bibury, a typical, unspoilt English village

River Coln in Bibury

Swan Hotel, Bibury

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2007