5 Of The Most Instagrammable Cotswold Views
With its quintessentially English villages, rolling green hills and breathtakingly lush landscapes, the Cotswolds is a picture-perfect escape for any part-time or professional photographer. If you’re looking for Instagram inspiration, this corner of the countryside is crammed with it.
But before you grab your camera and head out the door, let us help you size up the most scenic spots. The Frogmill, our Cotswold hotel, is a short hop from each of these princely panoramas. Book a weekend stay and get ready to take some sensational snaps…
1. Cleave Hill
On a clear day, the highest point in Gloucestershire offers spectacular, wide-reaching views of the Cotswold countryside and beyond. You can even see as far as the Black Mountains of Wales. It’s not far outside Cheltenham, but the walk to the top can be rugged and blustery and you’ll make friends with some sheep along the way. But the vista is worth the effort. Add a splendid sunset into the mix and your Instagram post is a viral certainty.
2. Crickley Hill
You may find it hard to fathom, but archaeologists believe this totally tranquil spot was actually the scene of Britain’s first known battle some 5,000 years ago. These days, we prefer likes to lances, which is good because the scenery here is guaranteed to get your social feeds fizzing. From Crickley Hill’s highest point you can see out to the Severn Vale and beyond. And in the surrounding woodland, you’ll find the floor dappled with sunlight and dotted with wildflowers. These are the ingredients for flawless photos.
3. Sudeley Castle
Not far from The Frogmill, our Cotswold hotel, lies Sudeley Castle. This majestic medieval masterpiece is rich with history (Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of King Henry VIII, is buried here). But perhaps more importantly as far as this article is concerned, Sudeley boasts some brilliant spots to create captivating compositions. The partially ruined castle is set amongst acres of lavishly landscaped gardens, which in summer are adorned with roses. There’s nowhere quite like it.
4. Bibury Village
You’d expect somewhere once described as “The most beautiful village in England” to rank highly in the snap-ability stakes, and Bibury doesn’t disappoint. The 19th Century literary figure William Morris (quoted above) loved the village for its row of weaver’s cottages and picturesque riverside setting. It attracts thousands of tourists every year and is, without doubt, one of the most ‘grammable spots in the Cotswolds.
5. Cotswold Lavender Farm
If you book a stay at our Cotswolds hotel between mid-June and early August then this Worcestershire wonder is an absolute must-see. The lavender farm is located close to the village of Snowshill (which, incidentally, isn’t a bad setting for a selfie) and bursts into full bloom during the summer months, offering seemingly never-ending fields of picture-perfect purple. This could be your most liked post yet.