• Lucy Lambert

Moreton in Marsh - Travel Guide

Updated: Jun 14, 2020

A small market town in the Evenlode Valley Moreton-in-Marsh is within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This Cotswold market town stands at the crossroads of the Fosse Way Roman road & is served by the local railway station & a couple of local bus routes. Moreton is a great stop for those travelling by train, with many hotels located a short walk from the railway station, which links travellers South to Oxford & London Paddington or North to Worcester & Hereford. Moreton in Marsh, dates back 1000 years to the Saxon era. With elegant 17th and 18th Century buildings along the wide main street, one building of note, a former manor house is where King Charles I took refuge during the Civil War. In the centre is the Redesdale Hall dating from 1887 which is the town’s main public hall (pictured below) with its arches (now bricked up) that originally provided shelter for dairy farmers & vegetable growers selling their items at the market. There is a weekly market every Tuesday, selling a variety of handmade items, local produce & general market fare.

Tolkien Fans....the Bell Inn Public House, located along the main street in Moreton in Marsh will be a must if you’re a fan of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings works. It’s believed that the Bell Inn was Tolkien's inspiration for the Prancing Pony Inn in the Fellowship of the Ring, where Gandalf was due to meet the Hobbits. Tolkien loved exploring the Cotswolds & would stop off in Moreton in Marsh on his way to visit his brother who owned a farm in Worcestershire.

Public Transport:

Probably one of the most accessible Cotswolds market towns, with a train station that has regular services from London Paddington through to Hereford. This service is provided by Great Western Railways.

There are also good bus routes heading south the service is provided by Pulhams, the 801 bus will take travellers through Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water & on to Cheltenham. You can also head north, on Johnsons Coaches on Bus 1 or 2, this service goes via Chipping Campden and on to Stratford Upon Avon.

National Express have also set up a route from London Victoria to Moreton in Marsh, this would be a good option to compare against the train costs.

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