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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.

reflection of cottages and bridge in Castle Combe, Cotswolds
Probably the best view of Castle Combe



the bridge and the reflection of Castle Combe and honey colored cottages

a street with aligned cottages in a village or town in Cotswolds