Things to do in Little Witcombe, Gloucestershire
The A46 runs nearby giving access to a host of historic places to visit.
Near the manor of Witcombe House at Great Witcombe the remains of a Roman villa were discovered in 1819 suggesting this area was occupied by a large Roman complex.
The steep Cooper's Hill, known for its historic annual Cheese Rolling event which takes place each spring, is just two miles away.
This Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1096 and continues to operate in the medieval buildings known as St Peter's Grange.
The grounds of the abbey are now an animal park and family attraction.
Present Day Little Witcombe
Little Witcombe is in a desirable part of the Cotswolds, surrounded by several small villages all with delightful cottages and houses built of mellow Cotswold stone.
Much of the surrounding area is used for farming with some light industry in the area.
The inn has a restaurant offering a good choice of home-cooked food and there is an attractive outdoor beer garden for enjoying the local countryside views.
Little Witcombe and the surrounding area is popular for fishing.
The nearby fishing lake just across the fields at Cranham is one of the best lakes in the area, along with the Brook Farm Trout Fishery.
Coincidentally, Holst was living in Midwinter Cottage at the time!
Things to do around Little Witcombe
Little Witcombe is ideal for visitors wanting to explore this lovely area of rural Gloucestershire. The Cotswold Way long distance footpath runs nearby.
The outline of the villa can be seen in the sloping field with the remains of the bathhouse and latrine along with a household shrine and an octagonal room.
Part of the cold plunge room remains along with a mosaic floor with a fish design, now covered by small sheds to protect them from the weather.
Underfloor hypocausts can also clearly be seen along with other well-preserved mosaic flooring.
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