Tuesday 29 April 2008

Blockley, Gloucestershire

A tranquil and charming village overlooking a serene Cotswold's valley, Blockley is a fine place to chill out on a sunny afternoon. Clinging to the hillside are beautiful eighteenth century townhouses made out of the golden Cotswold's stone interspersed with some newer, but still attractive, dwellings. Streams trickle through some of the well-tended gardens, while pavements, lined with dry stone walls, climb high above the road to give sweeping views across the valley. The seats at the top of the steeply-sloping village green, which has a playground and bowling club, are a good vantage point to admire the view over the ancient church bell tower to the countryside beyond. Alternatively, hidden away in the quiet lanes are a couple of appealing and traditional pubs. 8/10