The Cotswolds In Autumn - Jigsaw Guide 2017

 Its autumn once again in the Cotswolds, and what better time of year to enjoy a Jigsaw Holiday? Every autumn people flock to the Cotswolds to enjoy the beautiful scenery and to experience the amazing events that bring the country alive at this time of year. Grab your cosy knits and comfy shoes and get ready to enjoy a fantastic Cotswolds in autumn adventure. 

About the Cotswolds in autumn

Autumn is a special time of year to visit the Cotswolds. The summer crowds will have died down and youll be able to experience some of the best sights without worrying about them being too busy. The slight chill in the air makes excellent conditions for walking, so its a wonderful time to enjoy some of the Cotswolds best scenic walks. While you could enjoy a fantastic getaway by just exploring the area at this time of year, there are also some great events and activities that you could take advantage of as part of your Cotswold in autumn visit. 

The Cotswolds in autumn - scenic walks

Cotswolds in autumn is best seen on foot, and the following paths are some of the best for enjoying the beautiful colours and sights that emerge at this time of year. 

Bredon Hill

An Instagrammers dream,Bredon Hillis an incredible place to explore during the autumn, comprising stunning woodland, farmland and plenty of greenery as you climb to the top of the hill. Therell be a lot of autumn foliage to enjoy some gorgeous photographs, and once you get to the top youll be rewarded with the most fantastic views of the Severn Valley and Malvern Hills.Where to stay:Take a look atHolly Cottage, tucked away just outside Broadway. Its just a short drive from Bredon Hill and has all the warming features a couple could need for an autumn break. 

Dumbleton Hill

Dumbleton Hill isnt one of the most well-known walking routes in the Cotswolds, which makes it the ideal place to enjoy something a little extra this autumn. Covered in beautiful woodland, therell be a lot of colour at this time of year, making a walk to the top well worth it. You might even spot some deer during your stroll!Where to stay:If you love beautiful scenery then a stay atOat Hill Coach Houseis perfect for you. Located in the picturesque Snowshill, youll be at the heart of some excellent walking routes and within short driving distance of Dumbleton Hill. It sleeps 6 so theres enough room to bring the family and the dog along for an escape. 

Cleeve Common

Cleeve Common offers a variety of walking routes to suit different abilities including long hikes and easy going country strolls. The perfect way to blow away the cobwebs, youll be in awe of the outstanding views and scenery offered by this part of the world. If youre bringing the dog be warned, theres been reports of poisoning possibly due to mushrooms in the area so keep an eye on your dog and bring some treats with you to stop their noses wandering elsewhere.Where to stay:Stay atElginand enjoy the luxurious self-catering features this beautiful barn conversion offers. Sleeping up to 4 it has everything you could need to enjoy a warm and cosy autumn country break. 

Autumn activities and events

The Cotswolds is bustling with different autumn events, take a look at some of the best things to do to make your visit even more memorable. 

The Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music 12-15 October

If youve never been to the brilliant Blenheim Palace, then youre in for a treat this autumn in the Cotswolds. A wonderful celebration of culture, youll find some great lectures, performances and screenings from some influential guests. The grounds are also worth exploring at this time of year, with incredible foliage making it a magical day out for all ages.Where to stay:Bettys Cottageis located in Taynton near Burford, a short drive from Blenheim Palace. Its a property thats enjoyed some lovely renovations; adding modern features to this classic Cotswold cottage. It sleeps 6 so its ideal for family visits or autumn escapes with friends. 

Autumn delights at Daylesford Organic Farm Various

A seasonal cookery course is a wonderful thing to do during your Cotswolds stay, with nowhere better than the delightful Daylesford Organic Farm. Their line-up of cookery courses and workshops include wellness days for toddlers and parents, seasonal dinner parties and how to make autumnal table decorations. After trying out your new skills, enjoy exploring the Farms caf and shop to sample some of the best Cotswolds produce. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointmentWhere to stay:Slatters Cottageis a picturesque property that is ideal for small groups of up to three. It has everything you need for a relaxing weekend, including a spacious kitchen to test out your new-found skills. 

Family Autumn Festival at Painswick Rococo Gardens 20-22 October

Looking for a fun autumn festival the whole family will enjoy? Head to the Painswick Rococo Garden to celebrate the season with lots of colour and fun. You can have a go at making your own apple juice to take home with you, as well as have a go at some apple-themed arts and crafts, all while taking in the beautiful surroundings of one of the Cotswolds best loved gardens. Its the perfect setting to enjoy some autumn family activities and an excuse to enjoy some tasty treats while youre there too.Where to stay:Hope Cottagenear Bibury is a fantastic cottage to enjoy a memorable Cotswold escape. Its a lovely drive from the cottage to Painswick and takes in some incredible landscape views along the way too. Sleeping 6, it has all the facilities you need for your stay including a toasty fireplace to warm your feet after a day of exploring the country.Cotswolds in autumn is really a sight to see. Beautiful views, interesting events and a lot of places to explore make it the perfect antidote to the pre-winter blues and will give you experiences you cant get anywhere else in the world. At Jigsaw Holidays, we still have some autumn availability at our properties, so check out our full collection ofCotswold cottagesand be sure to book your visit.


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