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The Cotswolds According to Me - Guidebooks and Maps

Pauline Kenny

Guidebooks for the Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds (AA Leisure Guides), Ordnance Survey Staff, 2002

Good overview of the Cotswolds.

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Cotswolds Insight Compact Guide, Insight Guides, 2005

Good overview of the Cotswolds with details on the towns.

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The Cotswolds Town and Village Guide: The Definitive Guide to Places of Interest in the Cotswolds, Reardon Publishing, 2000

Detailed descriptions of Cotswolds towns.

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Forty Classic Cotswolds Pubs: For Lovers of Good Pub Food and Ale, G.M. Ball, Cottage Ventures Limited, 2005

Excellent book with detailed descriptions of good food pubs in the Cotswolds. We have eaten at several of the recommended pubs and they were great. Photo, prices, contact information. Take the book with you and use it to call ahead for reservations.

Not available in the US yet.

Time Out, South West England, Bath, Bristol and beyond, Time Out Publishing, 2003

Good guidebook for Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Sections for Bath and Bristol. Descriptions of towns and sites, restaurants, accommodations. I have used this book on a couple of trips.

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Pevsner Architectural Guides - Bath, Michael Forsyth, Yale University Press, 2004

A detailed guide to the architecture of Bath. Also has 11 suggested walks and  five excursions. Maps and photos. This is the book to have with you as you explore Bath in detail.

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The Most Beautiful Country Towns of England, Hugh Palmer, Thames & Hudson, 2005

I just ordered this book for myself, but his other books on Italy and France are great. Beautiful photos and nice descriptions of the towns.

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Discovering Prehistoric England, James Dyer, Shire Publications, 1993

I bought this book over 10 years ago in England and bring it with me on each trip. It lists by region the prehistoric sites. There are some photos and good descriptions. This is a good book if you want to hunt out obscure stone circles, hill forts, hill drawings, and other prehistoric remains.

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Maps for Planning and Driving

The Cotswolds and Gloucestershire - OS Travel Map, Ordnance Survey, 2005

This is a good driving map at 1:100,000 scale (1 inch to 1.5 miles). Roads in white are narrow farm tracks. Any road not in white is very drivable.

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