EXPLORE THE COTSWOLDS
The Plough at Ford is located in the heart of the Cotswolds, where there's plenty of things to see and do in this beautiful part of the world.
The historic market town of Stow-on-the-Wold is located just 7 miles from the Plough, offering a window into the Cotswold wool industry as well as many antique shopping opportunities.
4 miles away from Stow-on-the-Wold is Bourton-on-the-Water, situated on the river Windrush. This village has been called the "Little Venice" of the Cotswolds for its elegant low bridges and tidy stone banks. Further away from the river are traditional Cotswold buildings and many tourist spots for visitors. It is one of the most popular destinations in the region, offering attractions such as Birdland and the Model Village and Railway.
May we also recommend The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, a fabulous heritage railway just down the road at Toddington station that offers a round trip of 28 miles through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.
The village of Broadway is located 8 miles from the Plough, and has been referred to as "the Jewel of the Cotswolds" for it's beauty and presentation. Not to be confused with the New York thoroughfare of the same name, Broadway does in fact have cultural connections with the colony of artists that took residence there, such as Oscar Wilde and Elgar.
Slightly further away is Burford, located only 17 miles south. The north Oxfordshire town is known as the "southern gateway" to the Cotswolds, and (along with Bourton-on-the-Water) is perched on the river Windrush. This beautiful old Cotswold town offers incredible views, a grand sloping high street and a traditional splay of restaurants and tea rooms.
Positioned 21 miles away from the Plough is the village of Bibury, which William Morris called "the most beautiful town in the Cotswolds". A popular location for it's historical significance, Arlington Row overlooks the water meadow and is comprised of a group of ancient cottages dating back to the 16th Century.
The Plough was voted Racing pub of the year in 2008.