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The Cotswold Way meanders for almost 105 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath, through some of the most magnificent scenery and picturesque towns and villages in England. This delightful film explores the Cotswolds by following this footpath, making a few diversions along the way, to reveal the area’s history and unmatched beauty.
The earliest features on the Cotswold Way date back over 5,000 years: huge tombs in commanding positions, such as Belas Knap near Winchcombe. Later, in the Iron Age, formidable hillforts were built all along the Cotswolds scar.
In medieval times, wool was the very basis of the nation’s wealth and there was a saying that ‘in Europe the best wool is English, and in England the best wool is Cotswold.’ In the Industrial Revolution the Cotswolds lost its dominance, but this only helped to preserve the splendour of this predominantly rural landscape. You will visit battle sites, ancient shrines, old industrial buildings and see some of the magnificent Cotswold wool churches, which reflect the vast wealth that was created in this area. So many places are intertwined with the nation’s history, while some have even had a worldwide impact.
Over 60 locations are visited, including Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham, Seven Springs, Devil’s Chimney, Great Witcombe Roman Villa, Cooper’s Hill, Painswick, Haresfield Beacon, Stroud, Dursley, North Nibley, the Tyndale Monument, Wotton-under-Edge, Hawkesbury, Horton and Dyrham before the grand finale at Bath Abbey.
The story of The Cotswold Way is further enhanced by aerial film, fascinating archive material and interviews with people in a
variety of locations. This is an unmissable film for anyone who enjoys this glorious part of the country, and will also be of special interest to those who have walked the route or intend to do so in the future.