ACTIVITIES, sports & hobbies

Covering nearly 800 square miles, the Cotswolds is the biggest Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales. The picturesque rolling hills surrounding Boundary Cottage itself is typical of the quintessential English countryside here that is waiting to be explored on foot or by bike or even on horse-back.


Many people who come on holiday to one of the most beautiful places in England like to get outside and explore the countryside on foot. It could be a gentle stroll, long hike or something in between. There’s lots of breath-taking views and amazing scenery just waiting for you to discover. So if you’re keen to strap on your boots and get your share of fresh air whilst you’re here – here’s some of our favourite routes.

〉  The Cotswold Way
〉  The Heart of England Way
〉  The Oxfordshire Way
〉  The Gloucestershire Way
〉  The Wardens’ Way and Windrush Way
〉  The Macmillan Way
〉  The Monarchs Way
〉  The D’arcy Dalton Way
〉  The Wysis Way

The National Trust has a list of wildlife walks in the Cotswolds too.  Also, please take a look at Offbeat Cotswolds and Cotswolds Guided Tours who can assist with walks around the North Cotswolds.


If you prefer to do your exploring on two wheels, from a gentle ride along the rural lanes to some exhilarating downhill trails on your mountain bike – there’s a lot to keep you busy nearby.

The Cotswolds National Landscape has a list of cycle routes in the area.

For mountain biking, check out The 417 Bike Park. With downhill trails, an indoor pumptrack, a 4X track and dual slalom it has something for keen mountain bikers of all abilities.

Secure bike storage is available at Boundary Cottage so you are very welcome to bring your bike with you. However if it’s a bit of a squeeze to fit it in (or on) your car, bike hire is available from Hartwell’s Cycle Hire, Stratford Bike Hire and Far Peak. You can hire E-Bikes from Tower Bikes.


Whether you want to take the children for a fun swim, work out and clock up some lengths or if you flourish from the invigorating experience of wild swimming, we’ve got you covered. Just remember to bring your cossie and swimming towel.

Outdoor swimming pools

〉  Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool, Cirencester
〉  Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham
〉  The Lido, Chipping Norton

Open water swimming

〉  Lenches Lakes, Church Lench, Evesham
〉  Aztec Adventure, Upton Warren
〉  Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Cirencester


If you’re a keen golfer, bring your clubs with you! There’s a number of quality courses in this beautiful part of the world:

〉  Bidford Grange Country Club & Golf Course, Bidford on Avon
〉  Broadway Golf Club, Broadway
〉  Burford Golf Club, Burford
〉  Cirencester Golf Club, Cirencester
〉  Cotswold Edge Golf Club, Wotton-Under-Edge
〉  Cotswolds Hotel & Spa, Chipping Norton
〉  Naunton Downs Golf Club, Naunton
〉  South Cerney Golf Club, Cirencester
〉  Stratford on Avon Golf Club, Stratford-upon-Avon
〉  The Wychwood Golf Club, Lyneham



The Cotswolds has a strong affinity with horse-riding – the rolling hills provide such inspiring scenery for a trek. Here are some nearby equestrian centres and stables to contact for more information:

〉  Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre, Bourton-on-the-Water
〉  Mill Farm Stables, Winchcombe
〉  Cotswold Riding, Stanton

For Thrill-seekers

〉  Aztec Adventure at Lower Moor and Upton Warren
〉  Arctic Quest, Tewkesbury
〉  AeroSuperBatics, Cirencester
〉  Far Peak Climbing, Northleach
Broadway Activity Park


Relaxing Activities

〉  Avon Boating, Stratford-upon-Avon
〉  Manor Farm Leisure in Harvington for coarse fishing

Spectator Sports

〉  Cheltenham Racecourse
〉  Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton
〉  Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton
〉  Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, Oxfordshire



〉  Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Slimbridge
〉  Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh
〉  Butterfly Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon


From pottery to baking, there’s lots going on in the area. So if you want to hone your skills and get your creative juices flowing during your holiday in the Cotswolds, have a look at these:

〉  Honeybourne Pottery
〉  Larkswold Creative Workshops, Moreton-in-Marsh
〉  The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, Chipping Campden
〉  Daylesford Cookery School, Kingham
〉  Daylesford Gardening, Kingham
〉  Louise Pocock Felt or Straw-Hat Workshops, Chipping Campden
〉  Cotswold Baking Workshops, Moreton-in-Marsh
〉  The Little Soap Company, Broadway


Use our booking calendar to find the ideal dates for your stay at Boundary Cottage.

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