Every Picture Tells a Story     September 2017


Bledington is a village and civil parish in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England, about four miles south-east of Stow-on-the-Wold and six miles south-west of Chipping Norton. The 2001 census recorded a parish population of 503.  Home to the excellent King's Head Inn.

The village won the Community category of the "2004 Calor Gloucestershire Village of the Year". The judges "were very impressed with the amount of activity in the community, considering the fact that the population is under 400. Its ability to run a large number of community events, ranging from the annual village fete to two flower shows and a music festival is impressive – as is the range of activities which take place in the village hall. We were also impressed with the provision the village makes for older people through the local church’s Care Committee and with the fact that it supports a village shop."

In 2012 the village won the Most Resilient Community category of the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council Vibrant Village Award

Cotswold Way near Moreton-in-Marsh

The Cotswold Way is a 102-mile long-distance footpath, running along the Cotswold Edge escarpment of the Cotswold Hills in England. It was officially inaugurated as a National Trail on 24 May 2007 and several new rights of way have been created


Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the principal market towns in the northern Cotswolds situated on the Fosse Way and now served by the main line railway from London Paddington. It grew up in the thirteenth century as a market town with a wide main street, narrow burgage plots and back lanes. There still is a busy Tuesday market with about 200 stalls attracting many visitors. See image of Tolls charged in 1905.

Moreton has been a traveller's town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester railway in 1853. There are several pubs, inns, hotels, tea shops, restaurants and accommodation in the form of B&Bs and holiday cottages in the immediate vicinity. A popular caravan site exists just on the outskirts of the town.

The high street has many elegant eighteenth-century inns and houses including the Redesdale Market Hall (seen in the above picture). This hall is at the centre of the town, a plaque on the building reads -


Bourton-on-the-Hill is a village and civil parish in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England, and about 2 miles (3 km) west of Moreton-in-Marsh. In 2010 it had an estimated population of 288.[2] The village overlooks the surrounding hills of the Cotswolds and lies on the Heart of England Way, which heads southwards to Bourton-on-the-Water and northwards to Cannock Chase. The village is also connected by a footpath to the Cotswold Way, via Blockley and Chipping Camden.

Bourton-on-the-Hill is home to many beautiful buildings including the Grade I listed St. Lawrence's Church, Slatters Cottage, a stone cottage dating back to the 17th century, Horseshoe Cottage, a 3-storey stone cottage dating back to the 1750s and a public house, the Horse and Groom which is consistently rated among the finest of its type in the Cotswolds.

Bourton-on-the-Hill is also home to several attractions, for example the Batsford Arboretum, the Cotswold Falconry Centre and Bourton House and Gardens and it is also within walking distance of the house and gardens at Sezincote

Outside the Kings Head Inn in Bledington

Bledington, Gloucestershire

Bledington, Gloucestershire

Bledington, Gloucestershire

Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire

Along the Cotswold Way

Along the Cotswold Way

Chipping Campden

Broadway Tower along the Cotswold Way

Near Winchcombe

Buddies near Winchcombe

Near Winchcombe

Near Winchcombe


Near Bourton-on-the-Hill

Approaching Bourton-on-the-Hill

Sezincote House near Bourton-on-the-Hill

Approaching Bourton-on-the-Hill with clouds fast approching

The road to Snowshill

Built in stile along the road to Snowshill Snowshill

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