Bourton on the Water


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Bourton on the Water
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  Bourton on the Water is undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in England with the River Windrush running the the greens in its centre.  The buildings in the heart of this rather large village are all built of distinctive Cotswold stone which is a warm, attractive colour - it all adds up to one the loveliest scenes in the country.

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Village centre

As you walk through from the main car park the view of first the Green and the the River starts to open up.



Bridge in Bourton on the Water

The essence of Bourton on the Water is the bridges over the River Windrush one of which is seen in this photo, with some of characteristic Cotswold stone buildings behind.


River Windrush in Bourton on the Water

Bridge in Bourton

Riverside in Bourton

Some more views of the river and bridges.



Ducks on the River Windrush

Ducks on the river at Bourton

The river attracts ducks - and the odd gull this far inland!


Willow over the river

Willow by the river Willow over the river Weeping willows add to the charm of the scene.



Motor Museum at Bourton

Motor Museum among trees by the river

Riverside trees

At one end of the Green there is small motor museum, almost hidden amongst the trees.


Bridge over the river

River and Green Bridge, trees and river The bridges date back some 400 years to the time of Elizabeth I, they've certainly stood the test of time.


Green by the river

The Green by the river opens up the view and gives you somewhere to enjoy it from.



Weeping willow by the river

Miniature bridge over stream

At the right of the left hand photo you can see a stream which is lower than the river - odd but it is used to good effect in this garden which has a miniature of the famous bridges over the stream.


Morris Minor van in Bourton

Even this local shop's delivery van, a Morris Minor,  harks back to earlier times.


Cotswold stone buildings

Old buildings across the river

Narrow lane in Bourton

Apart from the River and Green the Cotswold stone buildings themselves are part of the charm of the village.





Lions on gate posts

Walking back to the car park I spotted these lions on the gateposts of a house.




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