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One great day trip from Bourton-on-the-Water is a walk to Henley on the Thames via the village's walking trail. Pack a lunch or snacks, and take a deep breath. Then, as you view the beautiful scenery of the Gloucestershire countryside, let it out in a deep, satisfied sigh.
If you find you want a break from rural relaxation for a day, do a big time day trip and head for London. Catch one of the four daily bus trips from Bourton-on-the-Water to Moreton-in-the-Marsh, and from there, catch a train to London. The little over two-hour ride will give you time to plan your adventure and the ride back will afford you an opportunity to either reflect on your big adventure, or sleep it off.
Moreton-in-the-Marsh is one of the Cotswold's principal market towns and has been since the 13th century. On Tuesdays, the streets are filled with browsers and spenders sampling the wares of over 200 vendors. Located along the ancient Roman road, Fosse Way, the village has a long history of catering to travelers. Stow-on-the-Wold is another market town, with a population of about 2,000. Only 6 miles from Bourton-on-the-Water, it too is situated along Fosse Way, and has some ancient architecture that will keep the history buff occupied for hours.