If you read yesterday’s post, then you know that we just unveiled a new hiking tour through the Cotswolds of west-central England. The Cotswolds attract visitors from all over the world and for a number of reasons. First and foremost is the beauty. When people think of an idyllic countryside, replete with cozy stone cottages, rollling hills, and sheep grazing outside the wooden gate, whether they know it or not, it’s usually the Cotswolds that pop into their minds. Visitors also flock to the Cotswolds for a second reason, to follow in the footsteps of their favorite literary characters.
Just for a fun, I did a little Google search to see how many authors have connections to, or have drawn inspiration from, this magical heart of England. I already knew some of the biggies, Beatrix Potter, JK Rowling, Jane Austen and, of course, William Shakespeare. And, while I may not have found the comprehensive list I was hoping for, my search did lead me to the following article by Marsha Dubrow. Rather than rehash what she so thoughtfully organized, allow me to suggest this link. Dubrow’s article paints a nice portrait of the Cotswolds, albeit Christmas themed.