Transport yourself from the bustle of Witney to the beautiful, quiet lanes of the Windrush Valley on this ride into the Costwold countryside. On your way to the market town of Northleach, you will pass the ruined priory of Minster Lovell, which was originally home to Richard III's henchman Lord Lovell, one of the richest men in England.
From here you travel onto Burford, one of the most picturesque towns in England - with a medieveal bridge, old stone houses and attractive Georgian and Tudor frontages. Often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds', the town remains steeped in history and is a great place to shop for antiques.
After leaving Burford the route travels near to Barrington Park, an 18th-century landscaped park of around 120 hectares. The route continues past Windrush and onto Sherborne, which has a 17th-century grandstand and Cotswold country estate that became the National Trust's first restoration project in 1998. Sherborne is also a working estate and has an abundance of wildlife, from fallow and roe deer to badgers and foxes.
The route arrives in Northleach, a small unspoilt Cotswold town standing at the crossroads of the Roman Fosse Way. Here it is worth visiting the 'House of Correction' a former prison which was first opened in 1792 and the impressive church of St Peter and Paul which boasts the finest example of the Cotswold perpendicular style.
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