Corsham is a small market town on the edge of the Cotswolds. The town is full of gorgeous buildings built with Cotswolds stone and a quaint high street with independent shops and some familiar brands (such as Lloyds Pharmacy). Of particular note is the grand Corsham Court with its great (dog-friendly) grounds. Corsham is a great base to explore the Cotswolds from or a great day trip from Bath (circa 20 minutes drive) or Bristol (circa 1 hour drive).
Sash and I met a friend for lunch and a Saturday afternoon pottering around a new town. We met for lunch at the Methuen Arms – a gorgeous hotel, restaurant and bar with indoor and cosy outdoor eating options. The (‘award winning’) food was delicious and reasonably priced. Plus there is a carpark that is free to guests and patrons, which is useful as the public carpark was quite full.
After lunch we strolled along the high street towards Corsham Court. We assumed that Corsham Court wasn’t dog-friendly and so didn’t try to enter – they say that assumptions make an ass out of you and me and they’d be right in this case as apparently it is ‘pet friendly’ – and so we turned right towards a tree lined area that sat to the right of a church yard. Behind that church was a vast space full of dogs and walks and a lovely big lake. Sash absolutely loved it. We worry now that this space was the gardens and we should have paid, entrance fee for the gardens is £2.50, we will return and rectify this if true.
Things to do in the village
Like most of the Cotswolds towns and villages, Corsham is a busy working town with all the shops and amenities that you’d usually expect. However, you should:
- Visit Corsham Court
- Explore the town and see its amazing old buildings, including the alms house and school room that dates back to the 17th century
- Leisurely explore Corsham with the pooch while the kids are enjoying a nature course at Woodlands Adventurers
Places to eat
We loved the Methuen Arms, as did Sash, and so it is our strong recommendation. Other dog-friendly eateries include:
- The Flemish Weaver (pub)
- Mother and Wild (Italian)
- The Quarrymans Arms (pub)
- Harp and Crown (pub)
- Neston Country Inn (pub)
- The Northerly Arms (pub)
Walks around the village
AllTrails has 10 recommended walks in and around Corsham that range from circa 5 miles to circa 10. Other dog walk sites too recommend Corsham Court lake.
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