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4.0 out of 5 stars A "Car-Free" Guide to getting around the Cotswolds., 15 Aug 2011
This review is from: Slow Cotswolds: Including Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon & Oxford (Bradt Travel Guides (Slow Travel)) (Paperback)
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With more people looking to stay at home for holidays in Britain, rather than submit themselves to the vagaries of ash clouds, over-the-top airport security measures and given the economic downturn - this is a timely guide to a very interesting part of the country to visit.

This area includes some of the best places to go for a long weekend as well as having enough interest for longer breaks. Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford are already extremely popular tourist destinations, but it's nice to have a guide that joins the whole area up and allows you to plan a holiday around these big historical sites - or just look at pleasant countryside, nice food & drink and a good walk.

Every destination gets recommendations for where to eat, shopping and accommodation and how to get there. But it's "unique selling point" is that it's not a guide for car users but rather is intended to be used by those who want to travel by other means and go on a cycle or walking tour, for example.

Nowadays we are very quick to jump in our cars and head down a packed motorway - but this is the "Slow" guide and it's not about rushing around and packing as much in as possible. As they quote : "What is this life if, full of care we have no time to stand and stare"

Much of the Cotswolds is designated as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" - so why rush past it in a car? This book is intended to slow you down and get you "out there" on "Car-Free" exploration. So it has scenic walks and cycle routes and tells you how to get onto them without using a car.

In this respect I can see this being very well-received by Ramblers groups and I know that Will Self writing in "Walk" magazine, has bemoaned the fact that most people drive to get to the start of walks. This book allows you to plan an alternative to adding to the congestion on our roads.

I think this book is well-laid out - with a large colour map at the beginning and a lot of photos which entice you into the experience. It is then split into ten chapters/regions, as indicated on the map, with a good index at the end. There are lots of smaller maps scattered within, to help walkers/cyclists as well as indications of where you can download furher maps and information.

I can imagine that confirmed car-addicts will find this daunting - but for those who are prepared to give it a go and leave cars at home - this is the book for you.
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