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Cotswolds - Photographing the English countryside

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

The glorious, famous honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds look as if they have strayed into the 21st century from another era. |The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Southern Cotswolds have their own distinctive look comprised of pretty honey-coloured stone villages, narrow lanes and stunning countryside. For that reason is the best area for a photography tour. Farming is still one of the main industries in The Cotswolds and the area is largely rural and agricultural. The local stone, used to build many of the houses you will see while exploring the Wiltshire Cotswolds, has been quarried here since Roman times. The wool industry-shaped past here is appealingly evident in striking wool churches and manor houses built by wealthy textile merchants. Flourishes of later heritage include a fine legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement.


The Cotswolds is home to over 3,000 miles of footpath – making it an ideal destination for walking. Many visitors to the area are attracted by the beautiful English countryside dotted with chocolate box villages and cottages. Below is a selection of some great photography destinations.



1. Castle Combe. It is my preferred one. It is often named as the ‘prettiest village in England.' Castle Combe has featured regularly as a film location, most recently in The Wolf Man, Stardust and Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse. It was also used in the original Dr Doolittle film.

Probably the best view of Castle Combe






Self service open air micro local shop


A hotel near the village


2. Lacock Village. The village is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust and attracts many visitors by virtue of its unspoiled appearance. With its central grid of four streets, Lacock today looks much like it did 200 years ago. It's oldest house is older than the thirteenth century abbey but since the loss of the village's main source of income from wool in the nineteenth century, new development has been minimal. The village is a firm favourite for film and TV producers, most notably for its picturesque streets and historic cottages, untouched by modern alterations. The village’s most famous appearances include 'Downton Abbey', the BBC’s 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Cranford', and the films 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and 'Wolfman'.








A traditional English Pub


Inside the Lacock Abbey

3. Bibury is a charming, typically Cotswold, village and the cottages of Arlington Row are often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country - it even appears on the inside cover of UK passports!






It can be very busy in the summer



4. There are many other beautiful locations to photograph in Cotswolds. Below is a sellections of phos taken in Chipping Campden, Tetbury, Stow on the Wold and Upper Slaughter


The Old Mill

A collection of doors




The market in Chipping Campden

Stow on the Wold


Street scene in Tetbury

Tudor architecture in Tetbury



Thatched roofs in Chipping Campden

Traditional thatched house



Interior of a woolen church

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