Saturday 28 September 2013

'Venice of the Cotswolds'

Drove today to Bourton on the Water, which calls itself 'Venice of the Cotswolds'.
This is a triumph of overstatement as it is actually a small picturesque village that has a very shallow and wide river flowing along the main street. It has about half a dozen pedestrian bridges across it, and I assume that this is why it qualifies for its title.
There is an enormous car park on the outskirts of the village and it is about a five minute walk to the pedestrianised area. The car park was full, and the village was packed with tourists wandering happily around.
All of the shops were designed for them - souvenirs, cakes, fudge, coffee, restaurants and outdoor clothes.
Surprisingly for a small village, it also had a model village, a motor museum, bird park and maze.
Not quite what I was expecting though.

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