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A RETURN TO TRAVELLING TO THE COTSWOLDS AND WIDER UK IN 2021 ??

Wednesday, 25th November 2020

Dare we hope for a degree of “normality” next year…..?

So….there really seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel but, as they say, we pray its not a train coming towards us! I am optimistically thinking that by Spring, most of us will have had the necessary jabs to protect us from the present nightmare, at which point our governments just may allow travel again without the need for “quarantine”. If this is the case people will need to start planning now. The kind of tours that I do – at least the longer ones – need careful planning and cannot be cobbled together over the course of an evening! So, if you are considering a trip it might be an idea to touch base and let me know.

Tragically, I know of others in the same sector as me who will not be able to re-start their businesses again but I have been very fortunate can just pick up from where I left off, earlier this year, pre-lockdown; since when I have had no visitors at all. I have enjoyed walking in the countryside, motorcycling, I now have an ebike and I have spent more time flying my drone and making videos. Please see my short personal message by clicking the video link below:

So in conclusion, if we were to have the opportunity to travel again, please feel free to express an interest so I know what sort of season I will be looking at. I honestly do this work because I love it and many of my “Customers” have become great personal friends. I am not asking for commitment, simply an indication of interest so I know whether I am having another summer of bike riding or entertaining visitors 😊. Actually one of my plans for next year, if I have time, is to ride one of my little motorcycles – my 30 year old Yamaha YB100 – around the coastline of Ireland! I could do it on my bigger, modern Honda but I like drawing attention to myself – a fat man on a little bike would be appropriately ridiculous and I would love the scenic ride!

Finally I just thought I’d send a message to wish my American friends a different and above all, a SAFE Thanksgiving. I appreciate that Thanksgiving is all about “Family”…..in fact one of the things I always hoped for, would have been me to have been running a tour over Thanksgiving, and to have invited my visitors into our home to eat! However, this has never happened…..and if it had I am sure we’d have got the food all wrong!

My very best to everyone….stay safe and well.

Rob Little
Driver / Tour Guide
CotswoldTourGuide.com !

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Lets Tour England site temporarily not working !!

Hi

Just a note to say that my www.letstourengland.com site is temporarily not working for maintenance reasons !

All should be working again soon !

Rob Little
Driver / Tour Guide
CotswoldTourGuide.com !

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A Cotswold Tour in a World Without Tourism

Thursday, 20th August 2020

STUNNING 4K VIDEO OF 8HR COTSWOLD TOUR WITH COMMENTARY AND AMUSING ANECDOTES!!

THIS VIDEO TAKES 85 MINUTES REDUCED FROM VIDEO TAKEN OVER AN 8 HOUR DAY TOUR – THERE IS LOTS OF COMMENTARY AND AMUSING ANECDOTES!!

SOMEONE SAID “OMG 85 MINUTES” – WELL IN ALL HONESTY HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO DO JUSTICE TO AN 8 HOUR TOUR IN LESS THAN THAT??

HOWEVER, ANTICIPATING THIS, I HAVE ALSO DONE A 15 MINUTE EDIT WHICH, FRANKLY, IS RIDICULOUS AND SUITABLE ONLY FOR THOSE WITH THE VERY SHORTEST OF ATTENTION SPANS OR HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO TIME TO SPARE WHATSOEVER AND, WHAT WE ALL HAVE PLENTY OF AT THE MOMENT, IS TIME!!! HA !! I WILL PUBLISH THIS SHORTER VIDEO IN DUE COURSE.

I’m Rob Little and I’m a Tour Guide, living and working in The English Cotswolds. This year, 2020 has been exceptional in that my clientele for the entire season has been precisely ZERO !

Primarily entertaining visitors from North America on extended tours across the UK, Ireland and Europe as well as day tours of The Cotswolds, I was inspired to film this video having considered the fact that 2020, at least, is a “World Without Tourism”.

In fairness there are plenty of Brits about, many of them responsibly enjoying their “staycation” bot others not so sensible. But our countries, the UK, England, Wales, Scotland and the island of Ireland are devoid of “foreign” tourists who are so important for our economy and the livelihoods of thousands of people over here. We miss you all….North and South Americans, Chinese and Far Eastern, Europeans, Canadians, Antipodeans, Russians, Indians and whoever I have left out. The country feels weird.

So having seen a few similar contributions on YouTube, I thought I’d put up an effort on my own but while I AM a professional Tour Guide, I am NOT a professional with the camera or when it comes to actually editing videos. There are glitches for which I apologise but I have done my best.

In a World Without Tourism, you may like to sit down for 85 minutes with a coffee, cup of tea or some other beverage and see what a tour with me is actually like? The video looks even better on a smart TV!

I live in The Cotswolds so The Cotswolds is the natural place for me to demonstrate a day tour but my tours cover the entire UK, Ireland and Western Europe – at times when 14 days isolation is not obligatory!! I know that keeping people’s attention on YouTube for over an hour is a tall order but remember this is edited down from 8 hours and I want people to feel they have been touched by the experience. Turning it into a fifteen minute clip does not seem right although I may just try it for those who don’t have time to immerse themselves in a World Without Tourism!!

For Brits on Staycation, if you don’t live anywhere near The Cotswolds…..or even if you do, I guarantee you will not find the best places to visit. I’ve been researching it for 20 years or more and still manage to delight myself with a new, surprising vista, from time to time…..like the hamlet of Newington for instance….

So whether you are from overseas in this World Without Tourism, or maybe an anglophile pining to return to the UK, or if you are a bored Brit, brooding for Benidorm and chancing a Staycation in the UK, this beautiful part of England, The Cotswolds, is on your doorstep or on your Smart TV.

Sit back and ENJOY…..please do subscribe and comments are welcome !!

Rob Little
Driver / Tour Guide
CotswoldTourGuide.com !

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO VIEW OTHER VIDEOS – NOT ALL ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL BUT NONETHELESS MAY BE OF INTEREST. INCLUDED ARE TWO EPIC VIDEOS – ON THE THEME OF WHERE YOU SHOULD GO IF YOU CAN ONLY VISIT THE UK ONCE AND IRELAND ONCE!

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Welcome to our “Green and Pleasant Land” !

Saturday, 1st February 2020

Welcome to our “Green and Pleasant Land” – the United Kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland !

We’re up early this morning, hitting the ground running, open for business….. The sky hasn’t fallen in – and for the foreseeable future the UK offers fantastic value when it comes down to exchange rates.

PHOTOS INCLUDE:

  • Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  • The Cotswolds
  • Carreg Cennan Castle, Wales
  • Big Ben, Tower Bridge, St Pauls Cathedral & Blackfriars Bridge (London)
  • Penny Lane (Liverpool),
  • My Van !
  • Caernarfon Castle, Wales
  • Cattle on Jaw Bones Hill, Dartmouth
  • Stonehenge
  • Skye (Scotland)
  • Swaledale, Yorkshire
  • The Antrim Coast (Northern Ireland)
  • Balintoy (Northern Ireland)
  • Castle Combe (Wiltshire)
  • Dartmouth (Devonshire)
  • Ludlow Castle (Shropshire)
  • Eilean Dornan Castle (Scotland)
  • Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset
  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset.

Hope you like the photos……they are all mine…..!

The choir is The Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir (from Swansea, Wales) singing “Oh What A Beautiful Morning” !

Rob Little
Tour Guide
CotswoldTourGuide.com !

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“Morning has Broken”…..Tetbury through the mist by drone !

Monday, 20th January 2020

The Cotswold town of Tetbury. What a beautiful place to live…..? And to visit? Perhaps…..??

Prince Charles’ property, Highgrove House is about the same distance on the opposite side of town as I live. Highgrove has amazing gardens which are open to the public although it is essential to book in advance. Prince Harry and Prince William were brought up here and were quite evident in the local life of Tetbury and the surrounding towns particularly as they grew up……frequenting the local pubs!!

Tetbury is known as an “Antiques” town and many people visit The Highgrove Store which sells high quality English wares – profits back to The Duchy of Cornwall.

I noticed the mist this morning and I could have been a little earlier for an even better effect? But this short video serves to show how beautiful the town thst I live in and the surrounding area is.

Rob Little
Tour Guide
CotswoldTourGuide.com !

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