Trip to Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in Gloucestershire within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is about an hour and a half drive from Lichfield. There are a number of car parks, although they could be filled up pretty quickly. We went on a Monday and had no trouble parking (at £5.20 for 5 hours) at the Rissington Road Car Park, next to the Birdland Park and Maze.

The river Windrush flows through the centre of the village.

The Birdland Park and Gardens is home to a variety of exotic birds including penguins, flamingos, macaws, emus and birds of prey. The Model Village is a 1/9th scale replica of the centre of the village and the Cotswold Motoring Museum has a collection of vintage cars.

The Dragonfly Maze designed by Kit Williams also has a Rebus puzzle to solve to find the secret hiding place of The Golden Dragonfly.

Public toilets are available at the Rissington Road (GL54 2DR) car park and the Church Rooms (GL54 2AX) but if you want to spend a penny remember to bring your 20p coins.

We opted to have a walk around the area visiting the hamlets (villages?) of Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter which are close to Bourton-on-the-Water and can be easily reached by public footpaths.

Upper Slaughter

On the walk to Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter – the Old Mill

footnote: The Slaughters get their name from the Olde English word for wetland which is ‘slough’ or ‘slothre’ meaning ‘muddy place’.