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Get Away From The City Noise And Traffic With A Holiday In The Countryside
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There is no doubt that life in the 21st century is hectic. The vast majority of us live in towns that are extremely crowded. Take London, for instance: you have no less than 8 million people living in an area which is only 25 miles square. And they are all on the move. They get up to travel to work or they get up to travel to school. Then they travel back again later. They go to the shops. They go to the cinema, or theatre, or out for a meal. That’s just the residents. In 2016 there were no fewer than 19 million visitors to the city! It’s hardly surprising that it is almost impossible to move.
Of course, London is the largest city, but there are many other major ones like Birmingham and Manchester, and places such as Oxford, Cambridge, Norwich, Durham, Newcastle – all teeming with people. No wonder people take as many holidays as they can just to get away from it. Of course, some people swap one densely packed town for another, perhaps going to Paris or Lisbon or Frankfurt.
Get Out Of The Rat-Race
However, many others prefer to get out of the rat-race altogether and go to somewhere that there is peace and quiet. Somewhere where you can hear the birds singing in the morning and the sound of cattle lowing. Where you can lean over a farm gate and watch the sheep quietly munching the grass, and where there is virtually no traffic.
Such a place is the North Cotswolds. Here you are far from the madding crowd. Here you can unwind. Here you can relax over lunch in a village pub with a glass or three of wine and take your time.
Ah, time! For once there is no rush. There is nowhere that you “have” to be by 8.30 am. There is nowhere that you have to be at all. You can just go where you wish, get up when you want to, wander down country lanes, take a picnic and just relax in a field in the knowledge that the day is your own.
Of course, you need somewhere to stay, and some people will choose a hotel or pub with guest rooms in the centre of one of the towns such as Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Camden, or Stow-on-the-Wold, but many people prefer self-catering. To begin with it is less expensive, but you have all the freedom of home in that you can choose what you eat and choose to do things exactly when they suit you rather than fit in with the times that the hotel chooses to serve dinner.
Just imagine staying in a picturesque Cotswold cottage with those glorious honey-coloured bricks for which the area is so famous, in a little village off the beaten track. Maybe it has a small garden in which you can laze in the summer sun without the sound of traffic roaring past, but just the sound of water tinkling among the stones in the little stream behind the garden. Some of these villages are so tucked away that they hardly get visited by any traffic at all.
Of course, you may not want to laze in the sun all day. You may want to visit some of the ancient market towns like Moreton-in-Marsh which holds the largest open air street market in the Cotswolds every Tuesday. It also hosts an agricultural show on the first Saturday in September, and if you have never been to an agricultural show you are in for a treat. Enjoy a lazy lunch in the family-run Swan Inn or the Black Bear Inn. All the ales at the Black Bear are brewed just down the road in the Donnington Brewery, and the pub is full of quirky bits and pieces and boasts a roaring open fire in the winter.
Visit Chipping Camden where you can explore St. James’ Church and look around The Old Silk Mill which has an exhibition of old artefacts, and was home to the Guild of Handicrafts. The Woolstaplers Hall was for hundreds of years a Wool Exchange visited by foreign merchants to buy Cotswold fleeces.
Yes there is plenty to see, but above all enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside.
Resource box: Cotswold Grey owns apartments in Moreton-in-Marsh and picturesque Cotswold cottage in local villages which are available for holiday lets for a weekend, a fortnight, or even longer. Have a relaxing break and enjoy the peace of the Cotswold countryside.
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