With overtourism plaguing some of Britain’s prettiest places, this little corner of the Cotswolds is a breath of fresh air. Witney – sitting east of the main Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just 13 miles from Oxford – sees far fewer Downton Abbey-crazed visitors than the rest of this bucolic region does. And it’s all the better for it.
“It’s one of the few towns that’s actually getting better,” according to Richard Martin, owner of Witney’s Blanket Hall. It’s still got all that glorious, golden Cotswold stone but none of the pretence of those picture-perfect villages that have been built around the tourism trade.
They still have a Blanket Hall?
Witney was the centre of Britain’s…