Cotswold Road Trips
There’s nothing better than the freedom of the winding country lane
Spanning an area of almost 800 square miles, the Cotswolds encompass the five counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire. From spine-tingling views to impossibly picturesque villages that have stepped straight from the pages of a fairytale, this beautiful region is heaven-sent for a road trip.
There is nothing better than the freedom of the open road, although in this case, it’s more likely to be a winding country lane, with time to explore and travel at your own pace. Driving distances can be relatively short, but the Cotswolds cover a huge area. So simply decide how much time you have and then what you want to see. Below you’ll find a few of our favourite road trip routes to help you on your way.
Our top Cotswold road trip tips
- Take your time. This is rural England, and you’ll probably encounter the odd tractor or horse or two. It just means you have more time to soak up the view
- Roads can be narrow and winding, so slow down, use the passing places, and be prepared to pull in and give way to other drivers
- If you see a sign for a scenic view point, stop and take a look
- If the road sign says it is unsuitable for motor vehicles, it is – even if the sat nav tells you otherwise!