A standout gem, even for an area of such pretty towns, Chipping Campden is a glorious reminder of Cotswolds life in medieval times. While 'Chipping' derives from the Old English ‘ceapen’, meaning ‘market’, it owes its conspicuous prosperity to its success in the wool trade. Its gracefully curving main street is flanked by a picturesque array of stone cottages, fine terraced houses, ancient inns and historic homes, most made of that beautiful honey-coloured Cotswolds stone. Westington, southwest of the centre, holds some especially striking thatch-roofed cottages.
As the northeastern end of the Cotswold Way, which rambles 102 miles southwest from here to Bath, Chipping Campden is a popular way station for walkers and cyclists, and welcomes crowds of visitors year-round. Despite its obvious allure, though, it remains surprisingly unspoiled.