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Gloucestershire, the British county in the South-West of England encompasses the entire Forest of Dean, the Valley of the River Severn and much of the Cotswold Hills. We wrote a piece on the Cotswolds in yesterday’s post. Gloucestershire’s most important towns are Gloucester, Cheltenham (home to the racing favourite, the Cheltenham Festival) and Cirencester (the Roman City which is the Capital of the Cotswolds).
Gloucestershire’s most surprising claim to fame is featuring in an unreleased Michael Jackson song “Days in Gloucestershire”. The song was thought to have been written in 2005, though never completed.
Gloucestershire being, a rural county, offers a lot to discover for nature lovers. There are 60 nature reserves in Gloucestershire which range from wetlands in the Severn Vale, cliff-hugging woodland along the River Wye, flower filled meadows in the Cotswolds and the popular Cotswold Water Park close to Cirencester. The source of London’s River Thames (the longest river in England) is actually located within the Cotswold Water Park. Visit the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to find out more information on the county’s nature reserves and also how you can get involved in the appeal to protect the large blue butterfly.
As well as nature there is a wealth of history to be discovered in Gloucester, with artifacts dating back to the neolithic period. More recently, the county has had close associations with royalty. Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds is where Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, Katherine Parr, lived and was buried. The castle has a new maze, inspired by the book the Wind in the Willows.
The post photograph shows a frost-covered, ploughed field in rural Gloucestershire shot from a helicopter operated by Helitours. They offer Cotwolds helicopter tours – a great why to discover some of Gloucestershire’s hidden treats.
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