and David's 118-minute travelogue of this
fabulous English holiday destination,
covering the North, East and Central parts in three chapters.
The superb and original music score has been composed
and performed by Barnaby Smith of Greenway Music.
Together these DVDs are probably the most
comprehensive filmed travel guide you will find of the Cotswolds Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty...
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sequel is a 102-minute travelogue of this lovely part of
England covering the West and Southern parts in three more chapters.
More fabulous music by Barnaby Smith
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Chapter 1 ~ Introduction + North East region
Visiting 3 delightful market towns. Dave and I ride out in my little blue Mazda to
Marsh with a vibrant market of over 200 stalls. Next on our Northeastern
tour is an atmospheric stop at the mysterious Rollright Stones. Arriving
at Chipping Norton we find its lovely almshouses and church are
completely hidden from view of its bustling main street. The third town of
Stow-on-the-Wold is must- stop for most Cotswold travellers. Its ancient
and tranquil marketplace belies a rich and also turbulent past. After a
quick lesson in dry stone-walling, the end of the chapter features a classic Footloose walking trail
across fields and meadows to idyllic Lower Slaughter and the old mill.
We finish at the family resort of Bourton-on-the-Water with time
to take in a visit to the
nostalgic Cotswold Motoring Museum.
Chapter 2 ~ East & Central region
discover the historic
of Burford, an important stop for travellers throughout the ages, often
known as the "Gateway to the Cotswolds". Next is Northleach,
where we drop in at the Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty Visitor Centre (a former House of Correction!). After a chat
and a look around the cells with representative Nicola Greaves, Dave and I
then walk into the old wool town of Northleach. We are treated to
wonderful instrumental demonstrations by Keith Harding in his Mechanical Music Museum...
A trip down the Fosse Way to see Roman Cirencester culminates in the
largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain.
The chapter ends with a visit to exquisite Bibury to see the famous
Arlington Row cottages, followed by a summer walk in the
beautiful surrounding countryside.
Chapter 3 ~
Starts at the lovely gardens of
Hidcote and Kiftsgate with interviews from Mike Beeston and Jonathan
Chambers. Both features were shot in high summer when the "Arts and
Crafts" gardens were in full bloom. Next is a visit to lovely and
historic Chipping Campden and its quirky
"Original Cotswold Olimpick Games". Here Dave and I experience
and the shin-kicking finals! Next is a drive to the artists' town of Broadway.
Nestling at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment it possesses some of the
deepest coloured stone in the region. The chapter is
rounded off with a bucolic walking
trail on the Cotswold Way & Winchcombe Way through the lovely villages of
Stanton & Stanway
and the rolling hills of the Cotswolds.
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Produced by David and Debra Rixon ©2014
& GP027 Footloose in the Cotswolds ©2014
Running time: part one-118 minutes, part two-102
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Chapter 4 ~ GWR Steam
Journey & Winchcombe
Starts with a
at the magnificent steam locomotives at Toddington station. In an interview
with GWR representative, Colin Fewell discusses the history and
operations of this incredibly well-restored line. After a tour around the
cab of the Prairie tank engine, Dave and I travel by rail to historic Winchcombe, pulled by the magnificent
engine 8254. After a look around the interesting medieval town, we take
a 5-mile scenic hike on the Cotswold Way to Belas Knap, the Neolithic
burial chamber. Having completed the round trail, we
then explore Sudeley Castle... this historic stately home has so much to see for
the visitor: wonderful gardens, history displays, an aviary, and of
course, tea-rooms. The chapter finishes with the conclusion of our GWR steam rail journey
to Cheltenham Race Course.
Chapter 5 ~ Cheltenham
& the West Region
Cheltenham's streets and floral parks make for an elegant and colourful
walking tour round this lovely old town. We stop at Huffkins for a
cream tea and a chat with Oliver the waiter. Dave and I then join the Cotswold Way along the dramatic escarpment above
the town for five miles. From the viewpoint at Crickley Hill, many sights
across Gloucester into Wales can be taken in. Further on at the end of the
day's walk, the strictly unofficial and dangerous Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling
Event provides hilarity for all nations, on this steep Cotswold ridge. The chapter ends with a walking tour around lovely and
historic Painswick, followed by the Rococo Gardens and Laurie Lee's little
village of Slad.
Chapter 6 ~ Southern
Tour & Bath
Dave and I continue our motoring journey in my trusty blue Mazda, visiting the ancient rival towns of
including its Abbey; and Tetbury, with its two churches and an annual Woolsack
Race event: Competing local teams are joined by a TV team from South
Korea, of all places! She drives on to enjoy the vibrant Autumn colour of
the Japanese maples at nearby Westonbirt Arboretum. This is followed by a
visit to the "Old English" film locations of Lacock, its Abbey &
Over several decades many feature films have been made at these little
villages. After an interview with AONB representative Nicola Greaves, the
chapter ends with a spectacular walk on the last five miles of the Cotswold
Way - from Landsdown Racecourse down into Bath, passing by the Royal
Crescent. Part two is concluded with an historic walking trail
around this magnificent Georgian city.
and comprehensive website for the whole area.
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lots
of information on the Cotswolds countryside and walks.
Cotswold Way the
scenic and often strenuous long distance National Trail ~ 102 miles!
Keith Harding's fascinating museum
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway