Start your trip in the pretty market town of Burford, also known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. Situated on the River Windrush, the town has all the ingredients for the perfect English village: cute stone cottages, an elegant medieval church and beautiful surrounding countryside.
One of Burford’s many gems is St John the Baptist Church, built between 1160 -1475. Inside you’ll find pre-Christian carvings, an impressive marble tomb and a memorial to Henry VIII’s barber!
Head to the sloping high street and you’ll discover ample antique and one-off shops, including the Oxford Brush Company which only sells, you’ve guessed it, brushes! Take time to also explore the alleyways and side streets leading off the high street.
If you’re feeling peckish, pick up a baguette at Honeycott’s Shake & Snack or enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at Huffkins bakery. For something more substantial get a hearty pub meal at one of the many village inns. Some of our favourites include Cotswold Arms, The Royal Oak and The Angel at Burford.
Walk off your lunch with a stroll down to the River Windrush at the bottom of the high street. Its showpiece is a three-arched bridge built in the 15th century. Make the most of the riverside with a circular river walk from Burford to neighbouring Witney.
For history buffs, the Tolsey Museum is the place to go to know more about the town’s history. While the museum is small, there’s plenty to keep you busy for an hour or two.
Venture to The Windmill on the outskirts of town and enjoy locally sourced meals in a former farmhouse setting. If you want to stick to the town centre, tickle your taste buds at Spice Lounge Indian restaurant.
There are plenty of places to stay in Burford. Treat yourself to a night at The Bay Tree hotel. The flagstone floors, exposed beams and open fireplaces all add to the hotel’s country charm. A few doors down is The Lamb Inn, a dog-friendly country inn with great views of the surrounding countryside.
Getting here: Burford is 19 miles west of Oxford. Catch the 853 bus going towards Cheltenham from outside the Taylor Institution Library. The journey is roughly one hour.