Stow in the Wold does not have a railway station. The nearest is Moreton in the Marsh, about 5 miles away, and is an awkward journey from the West of Englan involving two, if not three, changes of train.
You might be better hiring a car as you will need one to visit the local sights, the Slaughters, Burford,Bourton on the Water etc, as the local bus services are far and few between. Oxford is only about 30 miles away.
Nearest large railway Station where you would be able to get a car is Cheltenham which is about 20 miles from Stow. It is also on the railway line from the West of England towards Birmingham and the North.
Don't buy a Britrail pass unless you are going to use the railways extensively as they are expensive overall. You might try www.nationalrail.co.uk for not only train times but also details on buying advance price tickets, or possibly a Family and Friends railcard. It costs £24 for one year but gives up to 4 adults and 4 children a third off rail tickets prices, and you will get your £24 back on the first purchase.
The train companies in the UK are all private so the deals they offer vary from company to company, but for your journey from Cornwall to the Cotswolds you would need www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk. and you can use the nationalrail website to work out your journeys.
I wouldn't look for trains from Cornwall to Moreton in Marsh, there are some but they go via Reading which is just outside London! As said above you need to look at trains from Cornwall to Cheltenham and then find some transport from there to Stow in the Wold. If you look at www.thetrainline.co.uk you can search for trains to Cheltenham and this link should take you to a site where you can find 'seeing the Cotswolds by public transport':
http://www.the-cotswolds.org, if you look at the transport section that should help. These places will be difficult to get to but if you plan it, you should be able to do it ok.
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Thank you so much. You are so helpful and I should be able to get all this worked out ahead of time.
First Great Western rail covers most of the area you are interested in, so you may want to go to their web site and download a route map-that will allow you to better see the available rail stations, which you can correlate with the available public transportation options in the Cotswolds.
Another option you could consider that we used for our Cotswolds tour is Mad Max Tours in Bath, which runs a full day Cotswolds tour and will drop you in one of several Cotswolds villages that are on the tour itinerary, including Stow-on-the-Wold. A fellow travel on our tour did just that, departing the tour at Stow-on-the-Wold. The tour cost is around £30, which is a bargain considering the difficulty in making connections to/from the Cotswolds. You could take the train to Bath, hook up with Mad Max there, and finish the day in Stow-on-the-wold. In fact, you should seriously consider spending a day in Bath prior to your trip to the Cotswolds if your itinerary has space (At least the evening prior to the tour, which runs Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)-it is worth at least a day and would make the connection that much easier. Enjoy!
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