A Stroll Through the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds in England reminds one of the setting of a Jane Austen novel: muted green, moorish, and romantically quiet. Liz Kirchner, a writer for GoNOMAD.com, meanders through the Cotswolds hills in her article; South West England: A Valentine’s Day Ramble in the Cotswolds.

“The Cotswolds are long low hills (wolds are hills) in the South West and a little in the Midlands regions They are formed by the 100-mile long Cotswold limestone escarpment, a sort of geologic ledge, the stone of which is a characteristic honey brown like old teeth or milky tea, paling to ivory as one goes south. The buildings throughout this region from byre to cottage to manse, the rolling stone walls, and the rubble piles that were once Roman villas or Iron Age forts are all made of this beautiful honey stone casting everything in a gentle sepia.

Both large and small paths wend through public and private land: fields, woods, meadows, even crops. They both at times merge together or use lanes and roads usually in order to lead you past something of historical or aesthetic interest like a valley view or a pretty village.”