Spring Thinking in the Cotswolds
If you’ve not already noticed, the sun has begun shining and the heavens opening which can only indicate one thing; springtime has arrived. This means its finally our chance to lose the fur coats and re-introduce the layers before heading into the great outdoors to explore. And where better to do so than in and around the glorious Cotswolds.
Steeped in vibrant rural realness, the Cotswolds illustrate the meaning of springtime. From its scenic walks to its fresh foodie grazing spots, it’s a feel good place for the whole family. And nowhere knows how to embrace ‘spring thinking’ more so than Ellenborough Park, one of the finest hotels in the Cotswolds. Here’s four starting points for shaping you Cotswold adventure this season
With the Queen’s 90th birthday on the horizon, why not take a stroll around Bourton-on-the-Water and Wyck Rissington (map download here). This walk was created to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Alternatively, if you fancy something a little more challenging, why not take to the Cleeve Hill walk (map download here) and get those muscles moving.
EATING The Cotswolds are renowned for a spread of iconic produce with a number of restaurants in Cheltenham incorporating these into their sumptuous menus. From the freshest sourdough loaf at Hobbs House Bakery to the artisan churners at Gorsehill Abbey Cheese who are renowned for their organic standards, and the Montbeliarde and Friesian cows. Perhaps you could even push your baking boundaries and sign up to a Cotswold cookery course at Daylesford.
With the great British summertime never far behind spring, concentrating on your wellbeing is essential in order to achieve that radiant feeling. There are a number of luxury spa breaks in the Cotswolds to choose from. The Spa at Ellenborough Park offers a range of treatments from calming creations to beauty rituals which focus on freshening up your body from head to toe.
SHARING The Cotswolds is not only perfect for a romantic break with that special someone but also filled with fun activities for families. From Adam Henson’s Farm Park to Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, there are animal activity outings galore.
Alternatively, for the more cultured family, there is Kenilworth Castle which is steeped in history and its ominous ruins are enough to leave the kids (even the big kids) in awe.
Have fun out and about in The Cotswolds, don’t let the forecast put you off this weekend!!