Category Archives: Cotswold

Castle Combe.

Day 5 – Castle Combe, Cotswold, England

April 2015

Today we leave London for Southampton by National Express bus from Victoria bus terminal. Advanced purchased ticket cost £7 one way. The journey takes 2¼ hours and is a good way to catch some sleep and rest after four hectic days in London. We book our National Express ticket here.

Upon reaching Southampton, we went straight to pick-up our rented car from Europcar. We have pre booked the rental car here and purchased additional insurance to cover any excess here. Once everything settled, we are set for our journey to Stonehenge.

*(Malaysian driving license is valid in UK, you do not need an international driving permit (IDP). However it would be beneficial if you obtain an English translation of your license (if it’s the older version) at your nearest JPJ office at a cost of just RM10. They will print a standard letter right off their computer terminal. Just fill up a simple form and produce your driving license. It’s 2 minutes procedure but waiting for your queue number to be called is another matter).

If you are using Waze for your navigation, ensure that all the destinations you’re visiting, has been saved to your favorites. If you didn’t do so, once internet connection is lost so are you! If you have favorite your destinations, Waze will operate as an offline navigation device and will still guide you.

The journey to Stonehenge via Salisbury is just over an hour. Stonehenge is now cordon off and you have to park your vehicle 2 miles away at designated area. The entry fee to Stonehenge is £14.50 (must be purchased in advanced) which includes shuttle transfer. Just to pay that much and the hassle of taking shuttle bus to see some stones, my wife decided we might as well skip it. Anyway, she has seen Stonehenge documentaries many times on TV. From the parking area, you wont be able to get even a glimpse of Stonehenge . Back during my bachelor days, I could park the car by the roadside and walk over to Stonehenge all for free.

So we continued our journey to Castle Combe. After an hour’s drive, passed the town of Chippenham, we reached Castle Combe. This little village is so charming when I saw pictures of it in the internet, I am willing to fly 15 hours, take a bus for 2¼ hours and then drive for 2+ hours to get here.

No words can describe how I love this picturesque village. How awesome I’m able to reach here. I’ll just post pictures from now on. For the avid photographer, all around this village are photo spots.

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Castle Combe’s town square.

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Southampton to Castle Combe route map. We put up for the night in Swindon at Campanile Hotel which is about 45 minutes drive from Castle Combe.

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Bibury

Day 6 – Bibury, Cotswold, England

April 2015

Today there is another place I dreamed to visit besides Castle Combe. It’s also due to pictures I’ve seen in the internet. The picturesque cottage houses at Arlington row in Bibury. Take a stroll by the cottages and you’ll be charmed. These cottages built in 1380 as a store for wool was later converted into weavers cottages in the 17th century.

Having put up for the night at Swindon, the early morning drive to Bibury was a pleasant 40 minutes journey. Arriving just past 9:00 a.m. we were the first visitors and our car was the only one parked at the allocated bay by the road side.

By the time we left at 10:45 a.m. there were already more cars and tour buses started arriving with some ‘unappreciative’ tourist who just want to take pictures, here, there, everywhere and talking & joking loudly. Do be mindful there are private dwellings around Arlington row (as well as at Castle Combe). Be respectful to the residents.

For the avid photographers, be here early to avoid the crowds and vehicles that will eventually end up in your frame. Like Castle Combe, here too there are plentiful of photo spots. You just need to avoid the crowd to find your spot and angle.

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Arlington row, Bibury from the main road.

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Cross this bridge to the cottages at Arlington row.

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Arlington row managed by the National Trust.

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This way to Arlington row.

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The cottages of Arlington row.

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Another view of Arlington row.

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Residential houses besides Arlington row.

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The controversial yellow Vaxhall Corsa belonging to retired dentist Dr Peter Maddox, who lives in nearby road Awkward Hill. Read more here. Pity Dr Maddox, I love yellow too.

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Swan Hotel off the main road.

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Garden belonging to Swan Hotel in-front of the hotel across the road.

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Swan Hotel and it’s garden, Bibury.

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Landscape in-front of trout farm adjacent to Swan hotel.

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Overlooking the trout farm.

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Day 6 – Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswold, England

April 2015

From Bibury, we continued our drive to Bourton-on-the-Water which is about half an hour’s journey. Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds which I however, beg to differ. It is one of the popular tourist destination in the region and daily tours from London are available. It’s a lively town having many shops, cafe’s, and other attractions.

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Venice of the Cotswold?

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Venice part of Bourton-on-the-Water. The stream is probably 1-2 feet deep.

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View of town.

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An attraction worth visiting here in Bourton-on-the-Water is the Model Village situated at the back of the Old New Inn. They both share a small car park and is within 2-3 minutes walking distance to the town center.

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Old New Inn

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Entrance of the Model Village.

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