The natural hill region in the heart of the country, the Cotswolds are near inland cities like Gloucester, Cheltenham and Oxford. The rural district has farms and rolling hills.
Maps of the Cotswolds
Maps of the centre of England will show the area where the Cotswolds are found. The maps will give the motorways and local towns as well as other landmarks. Maps adding the terrain will display the contour of the hills, valleys and rivers. Those touring the Cotswolds should keep a map of the region with them to consult as needed or desired.
Geographical Features of the Cotswolds’ Landscape
Cleeve Hill – A popular place for recreation and trekking, Cleeve Hill is the highest point in the Cotswolds region. The hill’s height reaches to 330 metres above sea level.
Cotswold Edge – Steep slopes slide downward toward the valleys of Warwickshire Avon and Severn. Along this ridge area are jagged rock formations, particularly limestone. The area is popular for outdoor sports like golf, trekking and biking. The limestone has extensive fossil content such as recognizable sea urchins.
Forests – The hills are composed of vast green and wooded lands. The forests are mixed with evergreens and hardwood.
Grasslands – The grasslands of the Cotswolds are meadowlands where rare butterflies breed. The rural grasslands are also used for wild and domestic animal grazing and farms.
The Spine – In England’s middle, the spine of the Cotswolds is strung from the north-east, through six different counties, and toward the south-west.