I can certainly understand why the Cotswolds have been declared an area of outstanding natural beauty. Even if the names of the villages make you feel like you're in an episode of Midsomer Murders. Lower Slaughter, Upper Slaughter, Moreton-on-the-Marsh, Chipping Norton, Chipping Camden, Stow-on-the-Wold and our favourite, which luckily is the one we are staying in, Bourton-on-the-Water. We picked up a walking map from the information centre and explored the village by foot. It has beautiful golden honeycomb coloured Cotswold stone houses, rolling green fields and the willow tree lined river Windrush runs through the centre of town. The river has stone bridges that that cross where the old fords used to be. There is still one ford there, strangely enough it seems to be at the deepest part of the river! The town has a maze, which as you make your way through you have to find and solve clues. If and when you make it to the centre you need to solve the riddle in order to find the golden dragonfly! We thought it'd be a good laugh and was actually trickier than we thought. We managed to solve the riddle (well most of it) and make our way back out. The village also has a 1/9th scale model village. I'd never seen a model village before. They have replicated it exactly and we even found our apartment. They even included a 1/9th scale model of the model village in the model village
In the afternoon we took a drive to Tewkesbury, famous for the battle during the War of the Roses in 1471. A lot of the old medieval town still remains. The following weekend after our visit they were having a medieval festival, we won't be able to make it, but it might have been interesting, even if a little nerdy.
After driving back to Bourton we strolled down to one of the local pubs, The Old Manse, for a drink and some dinner and then back to play with our techno gadgets at the apartment!