Winchcombe with its close proximity to the Cotswold Way, Wardens Way, Gloucestershire Way, Wychavon Way, Windrush Way and Isbourne way is an ideal base for a walking holiday; all of these photographs have been taken in and around Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle.

There are many places to eat and enjoy a drink in Winchcombe and the   IMG_1152_000
town is graced with links with both national and local history. Sudeley Castle was the home of Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife and nearby are Hailes Abbey; a 13th Century Cistercian house founded by Richard, Earl of Cornwall and Belas Knap, one of the finest neolithic long barrows in Gloucestershire.IMG_1135

Winchcombe is also ideally situated for ChelteIMG_1181_000nham with its Literature, Jazz, Science and National Hunt Festivals. The last of which of course culminates in the world famous Cheltenham Gold Cup each March.

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is based at Toddington, three miles from Wold Cottage. At present the line runs from Laverton to Cheltenham racecourse via Winchcombe.

The young at heart can enjoy Sandford Park Lido in Cheltenham which has just reopened; family fun with a 164ft pool with a temperature of around 24C, a children’s pool kept around 27C, four acres of gardens, free table tennis and basketball.IMG_1168

For golf enthusiasts there is a choice of several courses within a short drive including the incredibly scenic and challenging Broadway Golf Club. IMG_1137And if you are interested in theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Malvern are all within easy reach.

There are many other attractions surrounding Winchcombe but above all it is a beautiful and relaxing Cotswold town with easy access to the other North Cotswold towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden and Broadway.