Situated in the famous Cotswold hills, surrounded by some of Gloucestershire’s most delightful countryside is the historic wool town of Painswick. Our house sit with Harvey and Red was under a mile away so we took the opportunity to explore.
Painswick was recently featured on BBC television “A Casual Vacancy” by J.K.Rowling. The opening scenes and the shop and other sites can be found by walking around the town. It did cause some controversy with the local residents, this article is an interesting read.
Finding parking was easy as just past the church on the main road is a large car pack with great rates, 20p for 1 hour, 40p for 2 hours or £1.50 if you wanted to spend up to 5 hours exploring the area.
The church is the main focal point in Painswick, legend suggests that there are just 99 trees growing in the churchyard and that the devil would destroy the hundredth if it were ever planted. The trees were all planted in the early 1700’s and so are only about 300 years old. In 2000 Parish officials bravely planted the 100th yew on the north side of the church near the bus stop. Contrary to legend it is doing well.
The views from the gate to the right of the church are pretty impressive.
The properties are built of Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon, we had a wonderful afternoon wandering the town’s quaint and narrow streets, and many beautiful buildings.
Painswick is about halfway along the famous Cotswold Way footpath. This runs 100 miles from Bath to Chipping Campden, therefore can be a useful place for a stopover or longer rest. It is also an ideal starting point for many other delightful walks.
Edge, Slad and Sheepscombe are all villages within walking distance of Painswick and well worth a visit. We also visited Edge and had a lovely Sunday Roast at the Edgemoor Inn with some great views.
The area also houses the celebrated Rococo Gardens open to the public throughout the year. In late Winter and early spring the carpets of snowdrops are truly breathtaking.
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