• Lechlade, a Cotswold treasure on the River Thames

    Lechlade is a charming town nestled on the banks of the River Thames and one that often gets overshadowed by its more well-known neighbours in the Cotswolds but one that should definitely be on your list of places to visit. 

    A storied past

    Lechlade’s history stretches back centuries, evident in its beautiful stone buildings. The 12th-century Church of England parish church, St. Mary’s, is a testament to the town’s long heritage. Explore the streets lined with traditional Cotswold houses, many built with the honey-coloured limestone that characterises the region.

    A boater’s paradise

    Lechlade’s location on the Thames makes it a haven for boating enthusiasts. Take a leisurely cruise down the river and soak in the picturesque scenery. Numerous boat hire companies are available, offering everything from punts and rowing boats to self-drive cruisers.

    So much more than a river

    Lechlade offers a variety of activities beyond the water. Explore the town’s independent shops, where you’ll find unique souvenirs and locally-crafted treasures. Indulge in a quintessential afternoon tea at one of the charming cafes or enjoy a leisurely pub lunch in a traditional Cotswold pub.

    Nature’s embrace

    For nature lovers, Lechlade is a gateway to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Thames floodplain meadows are a haven for wildlife, perfect for birdwatching and peaceful walks. Explore the surrounding countryside on foot or by bicycle, taking in the rolling hills and picture-perfect villages.

    Five fabulous things to do in Lechlade

    Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, Lechlade beckons with a captivating blend of history, nature, and outdoor adventure. Here are five experiences to add a touch of magic to your Lechlade visit:

    Good times on the river ∙ Nestled right on the banks of the Thames, The Riverside pub in Lechlade offers a quintessential Cotswolds experience. This charming pub boasts a beautiful riverside garden and terrace, perfect for soaking up the sunshine and enjoying delicious food with a view. Whether you’re seeking a refreshing drink after exploring the town or a hearty pub meal, The Riverside provides a welcoming atmosphere and a taste of the Cotswolds’ riverside charm.

    Embrace the Water ∙ Lechlade boasts the title of “Thames Head,” where England’s iconic river begins its journey. Embark on a canoe adventure with Cotswold Canoe Hire, paddling along the tranquil waters and soaking in the picturesque scenery.

    Step Back in Time ∙ History buffs will delight in exploring Kelmscott Manor, the former home of William Morris, a renowned artist and pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement. Explore the beautifully preserved house and gardens, and delve into a bygone era.

    Indulge in Riverside Delights ∙ Enjoy a delicious meal with a gorgeous view at The Trout Inn, a charming riverside pub with a rich history. Offering an enticing menu and a warm atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and savor the Cotswolds charm.

    Explore the Town ∙ Lechlade’s quaint streets are lined with charming shops and cafes waiting to be discovered. Browse local crafts, find unique souvenirs, or simply relax with a cup of tea and soak in the town’s idyllic atmosphere. 

    Lechlade offers something for everyone. So, lace up your walking shoes, grab your paddle, or simply wander the streets – this Cotswolds gem awaits your exploration!