From Bourton-on-the-Water we continued north to Stow-on-the-Wold. As you drive back into A429 and head for Stow, after just a few minutes driving, to your left will be a junction into Lower Slaughter village. This is a picturesque village with cottage houses by the river. Our intention was then to drive to Upper Slaughter but we miss a turn and ended up at Lower Swell via B4068. If we had reached Upper Slaughter, we would eventually ended up at Lower Swell as well. From here it was short drive to met up with A429 again where at the traffic junction, Stow would just be straight ahead. Nonetheless, the drive via Lower Slaughter to Lower Swell was nice too.
Map from Bourton-on-the-Water to Stow-on-the-Wold via Lower Slaughter. Click to enlarge.
Country side between Lower Slaughter and Lower Swell.
Lush greens between Lower Slaughter to Lower Swell.
Village between Lower Slaughter and Lower Swell.
Typical English country homes.
Stow-on-the-Wold hasn’t much attraction compared to Bourton-on-the-Water and tourist are much lesser compared to Bourton. We spent a little bit of time walking around the town square before leaving for Southampton.
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.
Venice of the Cotswold?
Venice part of Bourton-on-the-Water. The stream is probably 1-2 feet deep.
View of town.
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.
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, inconsiderate tourist who just want to take pictures, here, there, everywhere, talking & joking loudly. Do be mindful there are private dwellings around Arlington row (as well as at Castle Combe). Be respectful to the residents please.
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.
Arlington row, Bibury from the main road.
Cross this bridge to the cottages at Arlington row.
Arlington row managed by the National Trust.
This way to Arlington row.
The cottages of Arlington row.
Another view of Arlington row.
Residential houses besides Arlington row.
The controversial yellow Vaxhall Corsa belonging to retired dentist Dr Peter Maddox, who lives in nearby road Awkward Hill. Read more here&here. Pity Dr Maddox, I love yellow too. Update : In 2017, Dr Maddox changed to a grey coloured car.
Swan Hotel off the main road.
Garden belonging to Swan Hotel in-front of the hotel across the road.
Swan Hotel and it’s garden, Bibury.
Landscape in-front of trout farm adjacent to Swan hotel.