Sunday 12 January 2014

Bourton-on-the Water

Yesterday was a glorious day, crisp, bright and sunny so we decided to go to


It was a good decision.

The village gets very crowded in the summer months, loads of coach parties descending to visit the village that calls itself  'the Venice of the Cotswolds'.

When I first heard that I thought it was hilarious. Why not just accepts Bourton-on-the-Water for its own merits, rather than compare it to somewhere else?

But very pretty it is, and we enjoyed it in solitude in the glorious sunshine.

The first thing we noticed when we left the car park which is on the edge of the village was that the river had burst its banks in places. In this photograph the path we would normally walk on has been completely submerged. The river in the village is very shallow. In the summer when children wade in, the water only comes up to their ankles, so I did not think that this river could change much, but I was obviously wrong.

The honey-coloured Cotswold stone is always so striking in bright sunshine

 and the contrast with the green most pleasing.

As you can see, very few people about - in the summer it's impossible to walk on this path

and maybe comparisons with Venice are not so far-fetched...

What was really amazing yesterday were the shadows cast 

you can see them more clearly here

I love the reflection of the shadow in the water

Subdued autumn colours

These little bridges are such a delight

The Christmas tree still here, in the middle of the river

the golden glow of the branches is stunning

The water was a bit rough here

Amazing shadows - something about the light, yesterday

We came to this road in search of a ceramics studio we saw advertised and loved the red against the gold of the stone

 Enjoying the peace

I was quite pleased to capture the sun's rays in this photograph

I have never seen Bourton so deserted - it was such a pleasure having the place to ourselves

A family had their picnic under the tree on the left - we admired their fortitude as the day was very cold

We then retraced our steps back to the car.


  1. Lovely - and especially delightful for being so peaceful. I have never been to Bourton on the Water - it certainly looks like a beautiful place to visit on a sunny winter's day.

    1. We had a delightful couple of hours Olga. It was lovely.

  2. Not a part of the world I've ever been to. Looks very pretty. "Chocolate box" England. Maybe I should divert off the M5 when dashing down towards Bristol and beyond sometime

    1. Yes, Mick, very pretty - quintessentially English: full of tea shops as well, so all the ingredients are there. I used to love places like this when I first came to this country, so different from Greece. Still like wandering around though.