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The Cotswolds According to Me - Practical Tips
Some notes collected during recent visits to England.
Train lines in the Cotswolds
Two lines pass through the Cotswolds:
Prices: For a train from Stroud in the Cotswolds to London Paddington in April 2006, prices ranged from £58.10 ($101) for a Standard Open Return (buy on day of travel or in advance, can be refunded with 10 fee, no day or time restrictions) to £18.50 ($32) for a Super Advance Return (must be booked by 6pm the day before, cancellation fees, limited availability). Stroud to Paddington - journey time of 1.34hr.
Mary's Laundry, High Street (just one block west of the main shops area),
Bourton-on-the-Water, tel: 01451-820808
Witney Laundrette, 65 Hailey Road, OX28 1HJ, on the north-east part of town, north of the Waitrose. Service wash (they wash, dry and fold the clothes) is 11.00 for a large load. That seems expensive, but if you do it yourself you pay £4.50 for the washer and £1.00 for the dryer; so you are paying £5.50 for the service. We dropped off two loads, one large and one small, at 11am and picked them up at 3pm (cost £18.50). They are open for service washes from 8:30am - 3:00pm, but for self service until 8:00pm (last wash at 6:45pm). I think they were open 7 days a week for self service, but Monday - Friday for service wash. We plunked the address into our GPS and it took us right there. This laundry is out of the way unless you are staying near Burford.
There is also a laundry in Morton-in-Marsh and in Stroud. I don't know if they do the laundry for you, or if they are self service. The one in Stroud is at the top of the High Street, just past the pedestrian mall.
The A40 is the dividing line between the north and south Cotswolds. See Cotswolds: A Guide to Local Shopping, Parking and Public Loos for more detailed information.
Bishops' Cleeve (between Winchcombe and Cheltenham): Tesco, at roundabout on the main street through the town.
Tewkesbury: Safeway, on the main road into town, on the east side. Tesco, in the center of town, off the High Street.
Cheltenham: Tesco and Waitrose, on Gloucester Road, just before the train station, Tesco to the west, Waitrose to the east, you will see signs for "Superstore". Sainsbury on the western edge of town on the road to Tewkesbury.
Stow on the Wold: Tesco, off the main road, north of Stow.
Evesham: Tesco (not sure of location).
Whitney: Waitrose, off A-40 to Oxford in eastern Cotswolds.
Stroud: Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury. Tesco is at a roundabout between Painswick and Stroud, Waitrose is at a roundabout on the eastern edge of the downtown on the road to Cirencester, Sainsbury is south on the road to Nailsworth.
Cirencester: Tesco and Waitrose at roundabouts on the east side of town, on the ring road.
Broadway: Landmark Walking and Country Wear, on the main street. Outdoors clothes - polartec vests, coats, hiking boots. I got a very nice polartec vest here.
There are many good crafts and artisan shops in the Cotswolds.
Painswick Woodcrafts (Dennis French), 3 New Street, Painswick
Robert Welch, Chipping Campden
Cotswold Woolen Weavers, Filkens, Lechdale (between Burford and
Lechdale near the A40)
www.waitrose.com: Waitrose supermarkets
www.waitrose.com/about/findyourlocalwaitrose.asp: Waitrose store locator
www.marksandspencer.com: Marks and Spencer (click Store Finder at the bottom of the page)
www.tesco.com: Tesco supermarkets
www.tesco.com/storelocator/: Tesco store locator
www.sainsbury.co.uk: Sainsbury's supermarkets
www.sainsbury.co.uk/storelocator/: Sainsbury's store locator
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