Gloucestershire’s coastline may be small, and not quite as famous as other county coastlines, but it is certainly well worth a trip. A good way to get to know the region, for example, would be to combine a trip to the seaside with the charming Cotswolds, where rolling hills cascade into patchwork fields, and honey-hued ancient buildings sit alongside cosy cafes and historic pubs. Gloucestershire is a great place to head to if you’re looking for a rural retreat but don’t want to stray too far from the genteel delights of charming towns and small cities.
We have a great many offerings when it comes to cosy cottages in Gloucestershire, including on the coast. These coastal cottages can be found on the banks of the Severn Estuary, where the longest river in England and three other rivers tip out into the Bristol Channel. In Gloucester, you can admire the city’s fine docks, which were once a hub for merchants and sailors, and have now been converted into an attractive area to eat, shop and drink. You can still take a boat out for a trip, of course, although you’re more likely to be taking a sailboat for a spin rather than a merchant vessel. Just outside Gloucester, there’s also a nature reserve that manages to feel a world away from everything, despite its proximity to the city.
If you’re lucky, you may even be blessed with seeing the Severn Bore, one of the UK’s most famous, elusive and unique natural phenomena. This is when, during the highest tides, the rising water is funnelled into a single wave that travels under its own force against the flow of the river. It really is quite the sight to behold, and if you’re lucky, you may even witness surfers trying to ride it. Elsewhere in Gloucestershire, you’ll not want to miss out on the charming towns and villages of the Cotswolds. This part of the country is so picturesque and well preserved that it has come to represent the kind of quintessential Englishness that visitors simply cannot get enough of.
Be sure to visit Chipping Camden, Chipping Sodbury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Stroud is also well worth a visit, with its popular weekly farmers’ market and utterly unique laid-back personality, defined by its bevy of independently run galleries, restaurants and cafes. Whether you choose to spend your entire trip on the coast in one of our excellent seaside cottages or decide to further explore Gloucestershire with a trip to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.
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