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Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, England.

This evening, I am posting information on Bourton-on-the-Water, a quaint and popular visitor site in the English Cotswolds, about 83 miles N.W. of London and 25 miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Bourton has a population of about 3300 and is located in Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The village straddles the River Windrush which is spanned by a series of low bridges. Many of the houses are traditional honey-coloured sourced from local Jurassic limestone.

There is a record of the village in AD 714. ‘Bourton’ indicates a fortified place, probably connected to the nearby hill-fort. The affix obviously refers to the River Windrush.

Bourton is well endowed with hotels, tourist accommodation, eateries and unique visitor attractions which include:

  • Birdland.
  • Model Village Exhibition.
  • Model Railway Exhibition.
  • Motor Museum and Toy Collection.
  • Dragonfly Maze.
  • Greystones Farm Nature Reserve.

Here is a link to a Cotswolds tour which includes Bourton-on-the-Water.

Riparian scene

Kingsbridge Inn

Bridge over the River Windrush

River Windrush flowing through Bourton-on-the-Water

Village scene

Beach at Troon

This evening, I am reporting on today’s small group hike along the Ayrshire Coast Path in S.W. Scotland.

Distance was about seven miles. The route was characterised by extensive sandy beaches. Golfing enthusiasts will be well aware of two famous golf courses: Royal Troon and Prestwick, both of which being classified as links courses with Prestwick being birthplace of the Open Championship.

Although the group benefited from bright sunshine the sharp angle of the sun at these latitudes militates against photography.

Troon War Memorial

Beach at Troon

Holiday Park near Ayr


Prestwick Golf Club

Coastal Path

Ayr with Town Hall steeple (1827).

River Ayr at Ayr

Eye Stream at Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds, England

This evening, I am posting information on the scenic and popular village of Lower Slaughter in the English Cotswolds.

There has been a settlement here for about 1000 years. The name derives from the Old English for ‘muddy place’.

Character is due to the quaint limestone cottages lining the banks of the gentle flowing River Eye which is, effectively, the village’s main street.

Tucked away is a former water powered mill which is now a craft-centric visitor attraction. The water wheel still turns, albeit for cosmetic effect.

To complete the classic English ambience, the 13th century St. Mary’s Church with its  characteristic spire stands close to the stream and is normally open to the public.

Lower Slaughter is near to Bourton-on-the-Water and other popular Cotswold visitor sites, about ninety miles N.W. of London.

Quaint Cottage

Former water powered mill, now craft and visitor centre

Inside St Mary’s Parish Church

St Mary’s Parish Church

Cottage at Lower Slaughter