Arlington Row, Bibury from Rack Isle

The view of Arlington Row, Bibury from Rack Isle is almost certainly one of the most photographed scenes in the Cotswolds, and possible in the whole of the British Isles.  This photo was taken in early May, in the spring everything is fresh and clean.  The leaves on the trees are unfolding and are still showing…

The Heart of England Way in the Cotswolds

After leaving the flat arable countryside in Warwickshire, the last 20 miles of the Heart of England Way passes through the picturesque landscapes of the north Cotswolds, with rolling countryside and quaint towns and villages.  Especially attractive are Chipping Campden with it’s beautiful wool church and handsome High Street, and Blockley, which was once a centre…

Snowdrops signal the beginning of spring

Snowdrops are often the first sign of the coming spring. Their two Latin names, Galanthus nivalis meaning ‘milkflower’ and ‘snowlike’ describes them well, as does their less common but very apt name of ‘snow piercer’, most probably given because they push their way through frozen ground in midwinter, their growing tip protected by a tough sheath. A bulb…