Upper Slaughter is a tiny Gloucestershire village 4 miles southwest of Stow-on-the-Wold. It is also very close to Bourton-on-the-Water, Daylesford, and of course Lower Slaughter. Upper Slaughter sits on a grassy hillside just above the River Eye which runs through Lower Slaughter. The name “Slaughter” is derived from the Old English “slough,” which means “muddy land.”
Upper Slaughter was once the site of a Norman Castle, but all that remains today are the ruins of its motte and bailey. The most prominent building standing in Upper Slaughter is the Manor House with its beautiful gabled roof. Parts of the house are as old as the 15th century but the style of the manor is largely Elizabethan. It has been converted into a hotel.
There is a footpath connecting Upper Slaughter to Lower Slaughter a mile away called “Warden’s Way.” Warden’s Way will lead you on a peaceful stroll across several stone bridges over the Eye to the neighboring village. The walk takes about 25 minutes to complete in one direction. Since Lower Slaughter has no accommodations you will want to plan to return to Upper Slaughter for the night, or drive to nearby Stow-on-the-Wold.
Both the Slaughters are small, but they are a secluded and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in the Cotswolds.