Cotswolds Trivia - Cotswold Countryside

Cotswold celebrity farmer Adam Henson with a Cotswold Lion sheep.The native Cotswolds sheep, known as the Cotswold Lion, at one time provided wool for over half of England’s cloth.

The 600-acre Minchinhampton Common was granted to the people of the town in the 16th Century. The common has been owned and maintained by the National Trust since 1913.

The Devil's Chimney on Leckhampton Hill, above Cheltenham. Numerous theories have been put forward about the origin of The Devil's Chimney, a craggy limestone rock formation that stands above a disused quarry at Leckhampton, near Cheltenham.
The local landmark has long been a popular destination for walkers and people used to try to scale the Chimney, with an unofficial record held by a group of 13 people, all of whom stood on top of the column at the same time.
To avoid further erosion of the landmark, climbing has since been prohibited.
Theories about the origins of the Devil's Chimney range from a legend that it is the Devil's dwelling deep beneath the ground to it being the subject of a practical joke by bored quarry workers in the 18th Century who quarried around it to immortalise their work.
Another theory is that Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury.the Devil's Chimney was commissioned around the start of the 19th Century to attract publicity for Cheltenham as a growing spa and tourist town.

The Cotswolds has internationally important beech and yew woods and some of the finest gardens and arboreta in the country, including Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, and Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh.
The 14,902 labelled trees at Westonbirt Arboretum (representing about 2,500 different types of tree) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates.

There are over 3,000 miles of public footpath in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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