The Cotswolds, which cover an 800 square mile area in the southern heart of England, can be visited by car via two grand loops, one to the north and one to the south. This book illustrates this approach with maps indicating possible village stops along the way. The north and south maps are followed by short photo essays of each village, highlighting their unique character and topography. What links the villages together are the honey-colored Cotswold limestone walls and the slate or thatched roofs. Forest, field and stream are left to be their beautiful, natural selves. The building materials come from the earth and develop, over time, a rustic patina of lichen and moss that coexists harmoniously with the lush landscape.