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Villages and countryside criss-crossed with trails
These two very English villages and their surrounding patchwork quilt of fields, woodland spinney, water meadow and parkland, are just perfect for relaxing and exploring.
Perched on the West Oxfordshire border, these traditionally farmed estates spanning 7,000 acres, are criss-crossed by miles of circular walks and family trails for you to discover.
Settled on one of the most tranquil and unspoilt stretches of the River Thames, Buscot is a haven for wildlife with the chance to glimpse kingfishers, otters and more. Dating back to the Domesday Book, Coleshill is a rural place where time appears to have stood still. Nearby, woodland copses give way to sweeping fields and parkland with far-reaching views.
Eleven let farms and 850 acres of woodland form a major part of the estates, alongside an award-winning pub and an organic farm shop, plus a community shop and a tea-room, both offering a mouthwatering range of homemade cakes.
Visit, rain or shine
The bravery of the men who trained as members of Churchill’s secret army here at Coleshill, was officially commemorated for the first time this November. Following years of campaigning, surviving veterans of the British Resistance, or the Auxiliers, were finally given permission to march past the cenotaph in Whitehall on Armistice Sunday.
Set up by Winston Churchill in 1939 under the command of Major General Sir Colin Gubbins, the unit was Britain’s last line of defence in the event of German invasion. Ten years ago, the Museum of the British Resistance Organisation started a campaign to try and get Auxiliers marching. In 2011, Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) renewed the campaign and permission was granted by the British Legion. The march was led by Major General Gubbins’ grandson, Michael Gubbins. Surviving Auxiliar, Trevor Miners of Perranporth Patrol, carried the wreath.