Minchinhampton ... a potted guide

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A delightful market town, Minchinhampton is one of the Cotswolds' secret treasures and is surrounded by countryside and common land. 

Many of Minchinhampton's buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries, when it flourished as a market centre for the surrounding farmland and the medieval wool trade.

The heart of Minchinhampton is almost unaltered with its narrow streets and cottages built of mellow Cotswold stone. Minchinhampton itself is a foodies' paradise, with award-winning cafés and restaurants. A top-class butcher, an organic dairy, farm shop and other 
independent shops add to a wide range of shopping facilities. 

On Thursday mornings there is a bustling Country Market in the 17th Century Market House, selling local produce, home-made cakes, crafts and jewellery, along with an itinerant fishmonger. 

The beautiful common land surrounding Minchinhampton is managed by the National Trust and is host to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Minchinhampton Common offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Stroud Valleys and is ideal for picnics, kite flying, walking and horse riding.

It is also home to Minchinhampton Golf Club, one of the oldest clubs in the West of England. The Princess Royal lives at Gatcombe Park, on the edge of Minchinhampton, and she hosts the Festival of British Eventing in August.

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