Home to Writers & Royals - The Central Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is the birthplace of some notable English
writers and has provided the inspiration for many of
their works. This delightful tour takes you through the
villages that some of them have made their homes. The
area is also home to prominent members of the present
If you’ve read Cider With Rosie and enjoyed author
Laurie Lee’s affectionate portrayal of the area in which
he spent his idyllic early years then this tour may
appeal to you.
Travelling through the Slad Valley you can see at first
hand the glorious countryside that provided the basis
for his best known work, Cider With Rosie.
This valley was his home territory and many of the
places enshrined in the book are there to be seen today.
His and Rosie’s homes, the school, the village hall and
the pond are amongst them. If you’ve read the book then
we hope this tour will help bring it to life for you.
Even if you haven’t read the book there is much to look
forward to on this tour of the central Cotswolds.
The Slad valley is regarded as one of the most unspoiled
of the five Stroud valleys, its visitors being rewarded
with panoramic views over the Severn Valley.
Highlights include the delightful village of
Minchinhampton, famous for its 17th Century Market Hall
supported on stone columns and its large grassy common
offering delightful views over neighbouring valleys.
This village is the birthplace and former home of writer
You’ll also visit Painswick’s picturesque church with
its famous yew tree gardens. Later on, a short stop at
the lonely remains of a remote Roman villa with views
across open countryside will help you imagine life as a
wealthier Cotswold resident over two thousand years ago.
It’s easy to see why parts of our Royal family have put
down some of their roots in this area. You’ll pass the
entrances to a couple of their residences as we make our
way to the very historic town of Cirencester.
Once the most important English town after London,
Cirencester retains much of its original character. This
ever popular Roman town still has weekly markets and is
usually found bustling with visitors and local folk
The tour continues through some delightfully tranquil
little villages in the surrounding area, reminding us
that life here today can still be as idyllic as ever.