The Most Beautiful Villages in the English Cotswolds
Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England (facing north)
Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England (facing south)
Exact location for the 1st photograph: 51.492216, -2.228956
Exact location for the 2nd photograph: 51.493335, -2.228973
Best time to photograph this village is either very early or late, during the daytime it's usually packed with tourists. Picturesque Village of Castle Combe, Bybrook River, Wiltshire, England about 5 miles northwest of the town of Chippenham. In September 2010, the town was used as a major filming location for Spielberg's film War Horse. I shot this at night using a long exposure. If you go here in the autumn be sure to visit Westonbirt Arboretum, it has spectacular fall colors. The village takes its name from the 12th century castle which once stood above the village. The village is situated on the southern-most edge of the Cotswolds and, approximately 12 miles from the city of Bath.
Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England
Exact location for this photograph: 51.901190, -1.763038
Best photographed early or late to avoid the crowds, I took the shot at sunset for the light on the houses. Reflections at Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - Voted the most romantic street in England. The village is built on the banks of the River Eye, which also flows through Upper Slaughter, just a short walk from here.
Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, England
Exact location for this photograph: 51.908014, -1.775586
Footbridge, River Eye, Upper Slaughter, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - The village is only one mile away from Lower Slaughter on the stream that connects the two villages. I'm big on filling the frame and having good foreground interest in my photos, this meant I had to get into the water for this shot! The water was so cold I had a brain-freeze! heh.
Guiting Power, Gloucestershire, England
Exact location for this photograph: 51.921446, -1.864633
Sunrise at Guiting Power, near Cheltenham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - The parish church of St Michael and All Angels is situated on the south edge of the village. The village is known for its Music Festival (The Guiting Festival), which runs for ten days, starting in the last week of July every year. Great places to visit that are close include Sudely Castle, the village of Broadway including the Broadway Tower, the old market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, the village of Bourton-on-Water (dubbed the little Venice of the Cotswolds)
Arlington Row, Bibury, Gloucestershire, England
Exact location for this photograph: 51.758656, -1.833838
Weavers Cottages at Arlington Row (built in 1380), Bibury, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - Bibury is a picturesque, typically Cotswold village not far from Cirencester. The nineteenth-century artist William Morris called Bibury "the most beautiful village in England" after he visited. Interestingly, the village is particularly visited by Japanese tourists, as Emperor Hirohito stayed in the village on his European tour. This is one of the most photographed Cotswold scenes, and used in many films including Bridget Jones's Diary
Church of Saint Edward, Stow-On-The-Wold, England
Exact location for this photograph: 51.930174, -1.723912
The Church Door at The Parish Church of Saint Edward Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswolds, England - Stow-on-the-Wold is a small market town, situated on top of a 800 foot hill in Gloucestershire, England. I found this location through the old Google Maps, where little blocks would appear on the map, since the change I've found it worthless to research locations this way anymore. Now I focus mainly on 500px, Flickr and Google Image Search.
Broadway Tower, Worcestershire, England.
Exact location for this photograph: 52.023933, -1.835655
Sunrise, Broadway Tower is a folly on Broadway Hill, near the picturesque village of Broadway, in Worcestershire, England. It's situated at the second highest point in the Cotswolds (after Cleeve Hill). The castle, built for Lady Coventry in 1798-99, stands 65 feet high. She wondered if a beacon here could be seen from her house over 20 miles away. She sponsored the construction to find out and indeed, the light could be clearly seen.
Burford, Oxfordshire, England
Exact location for this photograph: 51.805727, -1.637682
High Street at Burford, Oxfordshire, England - Often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds' Burford is an old Anglo-Saxon fort and once wealthy wool town, it is one of the most picturesque villages in England. I took this photograph from the footpath off the A361 (aka The Hill) I was hoping to get some sunlight on the buildings, but the English weather rarely cooperates! :)