Welcome to Painswick
Among the Cotswolds’ most beautiful and unspoiled villages, hilltop Painswick sits 10 miles southwest of Cheltenham. Cars stream through, along its single-lane main road, but other than walkers on the Cotswold Way, few visitors allow themselves the pleasure of wandering its narrow winding streets to admire picture-perfect cottages, handsome stone houses and medieval inns. Keep an eye out for Bisley St, the original main drag, which was superseded by the now ancient-looking New St in medieval times.
Bucolic little Slad, 2 miles south towards Stroud in the Slad Valley, was the much-loved home of writer Laurie Lee (1914–97), who immortalised its beauty in Cider with Rosie.