Explore the historic town of Northleach during Heritage Open Days

The history, heritage and attractions of the beautiful town of Northleach will be explored during a free guided walk on Saturday 10 September as part of Heritage Open Days.

Starting at 11am from Escape to the Cotswolds, the discovery centre for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the walk will be led by Cotswold Voluntary Warden Colin Boulton, who will take visitors on a gentle two hour walk around Northleach. 

As well as discovering the rich history of this once internationally important wool town including the magnificent Church of St Peter and St Paul, the walk will take in Escape to the Cotswolds where the fascinating history of the Cotswolds AONB can be explored.  Visitors will also be able to see inside one of the original cell blocks in the Old Prison, and view the Lloyd Baker Collection of Rural Life, a nationally important collection, located behind the Old Prison, which features a fascinating array of agricultural implements and ‘bygones’.

Throughout the 4-day Heritage Open Days festival, the Northleach Historical Society will be displaying a mini exhibition about Northleach in the Escape to the Cotswolds centre.

Nicola Greaves, information and interpretation officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board said: “Heritage Open Days is an excellent opportunity for us to show people what a wonderful cluster of attractions we have all in one place and provide a fascinating glimpse into the past.”


Notes to editors:

  • Every year in September, Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s rich architecture history and culture. Thousands of buildings of every age, style and function open their doors free of charge.
  • The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are the voluntary arm of the Cotswolds Conservation Board.
  • Escape to the Cotswolds is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm and admission is free.
  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966 and this year celebrates its 45th anniversary.
  • 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 represents 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