Rack Island, Bibury, The Cotswolds

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It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the UK is……. four beautiful countries to explore, all so different from each other.  We were in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire and stopped at Bibury to have a look at a garden centre that I noticed.  Once parked, I realised how beautiful the river was and then I saw the wonderful row of cottages.  We did visit the garden centre and there are a couple of photos of a garden, which I think belonged to a nearby hotel.  We did not however…… visit the cottages, as the number of tourists were over whelming, but we will revisit, although we will arrive early morning and explore at our leisure…. one day.

A little history….. Rack Isle is an ancient water meadow, an important wildlife refuge and one of the most picturesque spots in the Cotswolds. Set beside the old weavers’ cottages of Arlington Row, it takes its name from the wooden racks on which finished cloth was dried. Old Tythe maps show that the meadow was also used for grazing. The Isle was given to the National Trust in 1956, and is now a rare habitat for water voles and a protected wildfowl breeding ground.

 

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2015

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