If you want to go somewhere quiet and secluded on your Cotswolds trip, you may want to meander over to Charlbury in Oxfordshire, a small market town well out of the way in the Evenload valley. The town is hemmed in by the Wychwood Forest and has a 600 acre estate known as Cornbury Park.
Cornbury Park is a National Nature Reserve and has no roads. The only way into the park is via footpath and while in the forest you will be able to enjoy a peaceful walk in nature among the deer and other wildlife.
Back in town you can visit the Charlbury Museum on Market Street, which shows off some of Charlbury’s traditional arts and crafts. Charlbury became a profitable town during the 18th producing gloves. A quaint green in town known as Playing Close features some iconic English cottages and a neo-Jacobean water fountain.
The liveliest time of year in Charlbury is during the second week in July when the town hosts an annual beer festival. Cornbury Park also hosts its own festival each year, a unique event featuring music and family entertainment.
Charlbury is a lovely place to escape from the main roads and busier destinations in the Cotswolds and enjoy the country air!