Northleach is an ideal place to stay for visitors wishing to explore the North Cotswolds; renowned for being the town with a workhouse at one end and a prison at the other. The magnificent church of St Peter and St Paul is sometimes called ‘the Cathedral of the Cotswolds’ and was restored by the wealthy wool merchants. It is a fine example of the 15th century Cotswold Perpendicular and houses some of the best wool merchant’s brasses in the country.
A walk along the High Street will unearth medieval burgage plots, the Market Place, and the Green. Look out for the historic ‘cow passages’ between some of the properties around the Market Place. King Henry III granted a charter in 1227 allowing a weekly market to be held, and an annual fair which still takes place on the last Saturday in June. The lively Charter Market is held every Wednesday from 8.30am to 2.30pm. Over the hill, Eastington is one of several small settlements along the valley of the River Leach, delightful walking country and pure Cotswolds.
exploring the Cotswolds - video courtesy of the Cotswold explorer, Robin shuckburgh)