They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; her eyes were here, there, and everywhere.
Oh, who can ever be tired of Bath?
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
Whilst we could never tire of Bath, a world of sheep, rolling rural fields, small villages preserved in the amber of time, and mysterious stone circles, or “henges,” is bound to beckon.
“Cotswolds” derives from two words: “cot,” which refers to stone sheep enclosures (derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “cote”) and “wold,” which means “bare hill” (also Anglo-Saxon in origin). The plural “wolds” denotes a series of rolling uplands.“
Guided by the amiable Barry, we visit such photo-ready towns as Lacock, Castle Combe, Avebury, and Biddestone. But first there are the Avebury stones … 16 times larger and a 1,000 years older than Stonehenge.
Biddestone duck pond
Castle Combe —Tomb of Crusading Knight, Sir Walter, 1270
Cherhill White Horse, 18th Century