The gorgeous town near London that’s as beautiful as any beach in Britain – My London
Barely a hot day passes this summer without shocking pictures being shared on social media of beaches looking hideously – and some would say dangerously – overcrowded.
It’s natural that when the sun shines, and we have a day off, we want to make the he most of it and head somewhere different to enjoy the sunshine.
But there’s plenty of fun to be had away from the seaside if you are worried about not being able to find a spot of sand where you can safely social distance.
And at this time of year there’s few day trips as pleasing as trip to a beautiful English village.
Chpping Campden is crammed full of pretty homes like this thatched cottage (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
There’s some stunners within easy reach of London – and one of our favourites is Chipping Campden.
It is arguably the prettiest market town in the Cotswolds, and its got plenty of gorgeous rivals.
So what’s so good about it?
From thatched cottages to grand stone houses, there’s barely a home in the town that looks out of place.
You feel like you are going back in time and, tucked in a valley away from main roads, it normally feels a little quieter than other towns in the Cotswolds.
The high street in Chipping Campden has lots of lovely historic buildings (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Nearby Bourton-on-the-Water is another beauty, but during the summer months it can become overrun with tourists.
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There’s some stunning walks close to Chipping Campden and if you want to make a weekend of it the nearby towns of Broadway and Stow-on-the-Wold are also well worth visiting.
Chipping Campden is tucked in a beautiful valley (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Back in Chipping Campden you’ll find lovely tea rooms and welcoming pubs for lunch or dinner (or both).
It’s also one of those villages that’s just as nice to visit during the winter as it is in the summer.
On a crisp winter’s evening, with a mist descending on the town, it really feels magical and it’s hard to picture a prettier town in Britain.
Broadway is just a few miles away and also worth checking out (Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)
How do I get there?
It’s easiest to reach by car. From most of West London it is about a 90-minute to two-hour drive.
By train you can travel from Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh, another nice market town.
From there you can either get a taxi or bus to Chipping Campden.
If you want to stay for longer there’s some lovely days out within easy reach, such as a trip to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon or a day at historic Blenheim Palace.