Just 1 mile from Cricklade, a historic, 9th-century Saxon town, lying at the edge of the Cotswolds AONB, and is the only Wiltshire town situated on the banks of the River Thames. At the north of the town is North Meadow, now a National Nature Reserve, and home to the rare Snakeshead Fritillary which flower in April. Step back in time by wandering the streets of the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, as well as ancient market towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden and Anglo-Saxon Winchcombe, where you'll discover Sudeley Castle. Beautiful ancient villages of note in this area include Broadway ('Jewel of the Cotswolds'), Bourton-on-the-Water (Little Venice), Stanton, and Snowshill. Some of the best Cotswold gardens include Batsford Arboretum, Hidcote, Kiftsgate, Sezincote and Bourton House. The village of Bibury is nearby, which was once described by William Morris as 'the most beautiful village' in the Cotswolds. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.