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Tour 1


Distance approximately 38 miles

Burford considers itself to be the centre of the Cotswolds, so what better place to start this tour of the central Cotswolds.

We leave the town centre, climbing the steep High Street to the A40. Taking the second main exit (straight over) head along the A361 towards Lechlade. After about 2 miles Cotswold Wildlife Park can found and is worth a visit.

Stay on the A361 and continue to visit the village of Filkins. The village is situated off the main road, so a small detour is required. The Cotswold Woollen Mill and the Swinford Museum can be visited although the museum is only open once a month.

Returning to the A361 continue to the small, riverside market town of Lechlade. A short walk by the River Thames can be enjoyed from Ha'penny Bridge. Also visit the unusual Christmas shop for some early Christmas shopping.

Leaving Lechlade towards Cirencester, you will pass the popular Lechlade Garden Centre, a favourite place of many for browsing. The tour now enters the official Cotswold Water Park and some of the many lakes can be seen through the hedgerow as you pass. On reaching Fairford, take a few minutes to visit the church, famous for the many stained glass windows, and look out for the final resting place of "Tiddles" the church cat.

Continuing along the A361 we reach Cirencester, established over 2000 years ago, when the invading Romans established the town, making it the second most important town in Roman Britain. You will need to spend some time exploring the town and visiting the newly refurbished Corinium Museum. A walk around the town will reveal some of the rich vein of history that is associated with a town like this.

When it's time to leave the town return to the bypass and follow directions to Burford following the B4425 to the village described as the "most beautiful village in England", Bibury. Here you will see trout in the shallow River Coln or catch your own at the Bibury Trout Farm, see the National Trust cottages at Arlington Row before heading back towards Burford.

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