Dowdeswell: A Small Peaceful Parish In The Cotswolds (2023)

Dowdeswell is a small parish located in the Cotswolds (designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966) and comprises two settlements, namely Upper and Lower Dowdeswell.

On the other side of the A40 is Dowdeswell Woods offering forest strolling opportunities. But there is also Lineover Woods managed by The Woodland Trust and is an ancient woodland with wildlife, and rare plants and offers views of Cheltenham and the Malvern Hills.

Nearby is the 136-year-old Dowdeswell Reservoir used by the Environmental Agency as a flood storage area and stores water from the River Chelt in times of high rainfall. Usually, this reservoir has 125,000 cubic metres of water but was drained in 2022 for maintenance work.

The parish has a Church of St Michael and All Saints is a Grade I listed building that has 17th and 18th century memorials and medieval brass. Until 1413, the church did not have the right of burial.

The nearest town with shops is Andoversford.

By car, Adlestrop is under two hours from Heathrow Airport.

The opportunity for forest and countryside walks from Dowdeswell is not to be missed if you’re seeking peace, tranquility and a an escape from the noise and distractions of everyday life.

Whether you’re taking a quiet walk through the woods or enjoying a cup of tea in a quaint village, all over the Cotswolds you will find many paths, trails and bridleways to explore the local area amidst some of the most stunning scenery in England.

Go to our home page to find more information about villages and towns in the Cotswolds including Compton Abdale, Daglingworth, Ampney Crucis, and Avening.

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