The Cotswolds have been and remain to be one of the most popular places to visit in the UK. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966 it cover across a number of counties such as Gloucestershire, Oxford, Somerset, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire.
Known for it's picturesque houses and Cotswold charm the area acquired it's wealth and profit primarily from the wool trade. A lot of the success from this for the area was from the local breed of sheep known as the Cotswold Lion, the advantage of this particular breed of sheep is that they have very long hair meaning a could be taken off in order to make the wool.
A lot of the money that was made from the wool trade was put into the town into the buildings and most importantly the churches which many of them still stand today including the church of St James in Chipping Campden.
Another famous association to the Cotswolds for visitors is the very popular Cotswold Stone which is used across the area in houses and buildings. This is a lightly coloured Jurassic limestone which when under the sun looks honey coloured and makes the sun beam off the buildings giving the area and look of the towns and villages the typical chocolate box look.
For many people the Cotswolds remain an area of relaxation and adventure as well as showing an unspoilt part of the country. Thriving off business from locals and visitors this is definitely a part of the country which becomes stronger and desirable each year.
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