A Guide to Stow on the Wold

Introduction:

Stow-on-the-Wold is a picturesque market town nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, well known for its charming streets, honey-coloured buildings, and stunning countryside. Stow-on-the-Wold offers visitors and residents a delightful experience.

Getting to Stow-on-the-Wold:

  • By Car: Stow-on-the-Wold is easily accessible by car, located just off the A429, it offers easy access to the A40 and M40
  • By Train: The nearest train station is Moreton-in-Marsh, which is approximately 4 miles away which has a direct service to Oxford within 20 minutes and London Paddington in just under 90 minutes.

Exploring the Town:

Start your visit at the iconic Market Square, the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold. Admire the ancient cross, browse the local shops, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Don’t miss a visit to St. Edward’s Church, a beautiful medieval church with stunning stained-glass windows and a peaceful atmosphere. If you’re looking carefully, you may also stumble across the famous Tolkien Door.

Stow-on-the-Wold is renowned for its antique shops. Take some time to explore the numerous stores and find unique treasures to take home.

Local Attractions:

  • Cotswold Farm Park: Just a short drive from Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswold Farm Park offers a fun-filled day for the whole family. Get up close with farm animals, enjoy tractor rides, and explore the countryside.
  • Bourton-on-the-Water: Known as the “Venice of the Cotswolds,” Bourton-on-the-Water is a nearby village famous for its picturesque low bridges and charming cottages. Take a leisurely stroll along the River Windrush and enjoy the serene surroundings.
  • Daylesford Organic Farm: Located a few miles away, Daylesford Organic Farm is a must-visit for food enthusiasts. Explore the farm shop, enjoy a delicious meal at the café, or indulge in a spa treatment.
  • Batsford Arboretum: Batsford arboretum is a 56-acre garden that is interesting at all times of the year thanks to their trees and shrubs from around the world. Enjoy snowdrops and daffodils in Spring, the wildflower meadows in high summer and spectacular Japanese Maples in the Autumn. 

Outdoor Activities:

  • Cotswold Way: Embark on a scenic hike along the Cotswold Way, a long-distance footpath that passes through Stow-on-the-Wold. Enjoy breathtaking views of the countryside and discover hidden gems along the way.
  • Cycling: Rent a bike and explore the Cotswolds on two wheels. The area offers a range of cycling routes suitable for all abilities.
  • Horse Riding: Experience the beauty of the Cotswolds on horseback. There are several equestrian centers in the area that offer guided rides for both beginners and experienced riders.

Dining and Accommodation:

Stow-on-the-Wold boasts a variety of restaurants, cafes, and traditional pubs. Sample local delicacies, enjoy afternoon tea, or savour a pint of locally brewed ale.

A few of our favourites include Coach House Coffee, Alexious, The Sheep on Sheep Street, and the Porch House.

– There are numerous accommodation options available in and around Stow-on-the-Wold. We love the The Old Stocks Inn; a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of the Market Square.

Conclusion:

Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town that offers a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and traditional English charm. Whether you are seeking a new life in the Cotswolds, a relaxing countryside retreat or an adventure-filled getaway, it wont disappoint.

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