Bourton-on-the-Water: A quaint and popular village in the English Cotswolds.
This evening, I am posting information on Bourton-on-the-Water, a quintessentially English village and popular visitor attraction in the Cotswolds, about 83 miles N.W. of London and 25 miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Bourton has a population of about 3300 and is located in Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The village straddles the River Windrush which is spanned by a series of low bridges. Many of the houses are traditional honey-coloured, sourced from local Jurassic limestone.
There is a record of the village in AD 714. ‘Bourton’ indicates a fortified place, probably connected to the nearby hill-fort. The affix obviously refers to the River Windrush.
Bourton is well endowed with hotels, tourist accommodation, eateries and unique visitor attractions which include:
- Model Village Exhibition.
- Model Railway Exhibition.
- Motor Museum and Toy Collection.
- Dragonfly Maze.
- Greystones Farm Nature Reserve.