The Cotswolds Facts
Interesting and historical facts about The Cotswolds.
- The Cotswolds is the largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) in the UK.
- The Cotswolds has a network of drystone walls equivalent in length to the Great Wall of China!
- The Cotswolds is one of the most rural regions of England, with much of it made up of Farmland.
- The Romans arrived in the Cotswolds in AD47, building famous roads such as 'the Fosse Way', and great towns such as Cirencester.
- The Cotswolds local sheep 'The Cotswold Lion' once provided wool for half of England's cloth, bringing great prosperity to the region.
- The local limestone (which is still quarried today) is what gives the buildings in the Cotswolds their beautiful rich golden colour.
- By the end of the first world war, only a few flocks of the Cotswold Lion remained and it became a rare breed. Thankfully, due to conservationists, there are now more than 50 flocks, with many of them in the Cotswolds.
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