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Burford town – the gateway to the Cotswolds in England

This is a throwback post to my trip in the UK in 2016 and photos posted go back to then. On one of the days, we visited the Cotswold and Stratford via a 1-day tour package. 

The Cotswolds is a region in central-southwest England. It is about 90 miles west of London and 32 miles west of Oxford.

The Cotswolds, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966, covers a huge area – almost 800 square miles – and runs through five counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

We started our tour at Burford – a town on the River Windrush, in the Cotswold hills. Burford is often referred to as the “gateway” to the Cotswolds. The starting landmark in town is the Cotswolds Arms.

We walked through Church Lane to Warwick Hall and Parish Church (Burford Church).

Then, we came back out to the main road (A361) via Lawrence Lane.

The area is defined by the bedrock of Jurassic limestone that creates a type of grassland habitat rare in the UK and that is quarried for the golden-coloured Cotswold stone. The predominantly rural landscape contains stone-built villages, towns, and stately homes and gardens featuring the local stone.

Cotswold stone is a yellow oolitic Jurassic limestone. This limestone is rich in fossils, particularly of fossilised sea urchins. When weathered, the colour of buildings made or faced with this stone is often described as honey or golden.

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