R and I stayed in the Cotswolds town of Burford for a long weekend. We‘ve been to the Cotswolds before, but only drove past Burford; R wanted a chance to see it properly.


It didn’t take us all that long to get there, although there is no railway station: we took a bus to Oxford, a train to Hanborough, and another bus to Burford.

Once there we checked into our room; we stayed at the Bull, which is (allegedly) a 14th century coaching inn. I don’t know if any of the current building really dates back that far, but it’s certainly pretty old. Anyway, we had a short wander up to the end of the high street.

Despite the name, Burford has a bridge.
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Oddly, it crosses the River Windrush (rather than a River Bur, I mean).
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We ate dinner at the Spice Lounge, which is a very nice Indian restaurant. But it slightly surprised us that Burford doesn’t have any other decent restaurants for an evening meal - you have to eat there, or settle for English pub food.


We did a short town walk from a leaflet. Almost the entire town is very pretty, with buildings all made of the local stone.

Nice combination of blue plaques, Sheep Street.
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Adjacent doorways, Sheep Street.
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1696, Sheep Street.
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Overhanging first floor, Sheep Street.
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Buildings and flag, High Street.
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Garden gate, High Street.
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Window, and my feet parked on a double yellow.
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Almshouses, Church Lane.
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House, High Street.
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River Windrush from bridge.
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At this point we took a slight extension to the village of Fulbrook (which is across the bridge and along the road a short way). It has quite a nice church.

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Entrance arch.
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We returned to Burford via a back lane and some very expensive-looking houses.

Because everyone needs a stone vase behind decorative ironwork in their outbuilding.
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Garage gate.
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Back in Burford, we visited the town museum, which is quite a nice one, and one of the tearooms. Burford is much better served with tea rooms than restaurants.

China cupboard with interesting sliding doors (in the corridor of our hotel).
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Burford Methodist Church.
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We followed a short local walk, partly from another leaflet, which looped around to the north and east of town.

Converted barn in Fulbrook.
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Public footpath down a rather pleasant tree-lined ride.
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I was quite impressed by St Oswald’s Church, which is tiny and old (mainly 13th century) and was apparently built on the base of a Roman building.

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Nice pink walls; window opening.
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Outside view.
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The last part of the walk returned to Burford along the river.

Fancy house, Witney Street.
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We also had a look around Burford church.

Inside the tower.
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I’ve forgotten what they call these little windows that let you see the altar, but it’s one of those.
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Carved wooden chairs.
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Wall painting?
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Outside view.
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Keep this area clear (High Street).
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That’s all; on Tuesday we went back home. It was a nice weekend, although there wasn’t much there to keep us longer!

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