New website for enjoying the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds Conservation Board has unveiled a brand new website aimed at helping more people explore and enjoy the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The new site, www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk, has a fresh, clean look and is designed to provide a range of information on outdoor activities and places to visit. The site contains easy-to-access details of walking routes, guided walks, cycle rides, horse riding, events and festivals, as well as information on local attractions including historic sites, towns and villages, nature reserves, museums, gardens and much more. The website also provides a simple and free facility for event organisers and walks leaders to easily submit their own walk or event for inclusion on the site.
Information & Interpretation Officer for the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Nicola Greaves said: "Encouraging more people to explore and enjoy the Cotswolds and have easily accessible information to do so, is an important aspect of the Board's work. This new website does just that and we are keen for other organisations in the Cotswolds to use the site to promote their own events taking place in the AONB."
The new site follows on from the Board's recent launch of a new website for rural skills courses – www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk - which has already proven to be very popular, generating over £5,000 worth of course bookings in just three months.
The website also complements the new AONB discovery centre at Northleach – Escape to the Cotswolds – which provides a range of information for visitors including walking, cycling and other recreational opportunities.
Notes to editors:
• The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
• The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
• The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and amounts to 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
• The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details: www.aonb.org.uk.