I like the title of this guide book, Slow Cotswolds because that is precisely what I do whenever I visit this area. There is something so English, so calming and so tranquil about the Cotswolds, your walk turns into a stroll, you potter about looking in bijou shop windows, you delight in your surroundings and it is all quite quite lovely.
As well as the little villages, churches and other sights, Caroline Mills' delightful book covers Stratford on Avon, Oxford and Bath. The first two I am ashamed to say I have never visited though I intend to rectify that in 2012, but Bath is a simply glorious city to visit and you wander round all the time expecting Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot to pop round the corner any minute, or to bump into any of Georgette Heyer's Regency Bucks.
Beautifully produced and laid out with gorgeous pen and ink illustrations this is not just a guide book, this is a book to sit and read just for pleasure. I have dipped in and out of it and next time I visit Bath this is coming with me.
Smooth glossy paper good to the touch as well as to read make this book a delight to own.