Cotswolds

I am still scrolling through my phonebook, looking at my past "conquests" (this is a questionable world - none of them were
You might imagine that my ramblings all over the Cotswolds would be hassle free? You'd be very wrong. Just as in air travel, walking has its fair share of nuts eager to vent their anger on all and sundry.
Don't worry. This wasn't some elaborate bet that I lost. It wasn't something that I had planned to do, just to see if I could. In fact, I'm not sure it's even something I would have ever done if I hadn't been in a situation where, if I didn't eat vegan, I would have starved.
More and more, the Cotswolds is becoming known for being a hub for foodies all over the UK and, indeed, the World. With an abundance of fresh, quality ingredients right on the doorstep, from locally produced cheeses, fruits and vegetables to pork, lamb and even fish from our local trout farms, the Cotswolds is the perfect place for any chef to share their culinary gifts.
If you're working with a tight budget this year or you just don't have flexibility in your schedule to go meandering on foreign soil, why not try the UK alternatives to some of the globe's most desirable holiday destinations? Here are four UK alternatives to rival trips abroad.
Whether you're into sleeping al fresco under the stars and in the middle of the woods or bunking in a luxurious hotel bedroom with a beautiful view of the rolling hills, there's a bed in the Cotswolds with your name on it!
The Cotswolds has been used for location in blockbusters like Bridget Jones' Diary, the Harry Potter movies, Die Another Day, The Remains of the Day, Pride & Prejudice, Emma and many, many more.
I'd heard great things about The Wild Rabbit and was looking forward to experiencing what they call a 're-invention of the traditional English Inn'. Serving locally sourced and seasonal food in comfortable and cosy surroundings, I knew I was going to be in for a treat over lunch.
Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to have a weekend in the countryside booked in with my husband Steve. We took half a day off work on a Friday and caught the train to Kingham in The Cotswolds, which is less than an hour and a half outside London.
More and more, the Cotswolds is becoming a great hub for foodies from all over the country. Great chefs are coming here for the wonderful produce and to showcase their talent and their food, great food lovers come here from all over the country, and in fact the World, to enjoy the food on offer.