Moving to the Cotswolds
Cotswold District encompasses 450 square miles of the Cotswold hills. The District is bounded to the west by the spectacular Cotswold escarpment, with extensive views across the Severn Vale towards the Malverns and Welsh Mountains. To the south is the Cotswold Water Park and the Thames Valley, and to the east the rolling hills of Oxfordshire.
Over 70% of the District is in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are 144 Conservation Areas.
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The District is located within the rough triangle of the M4, M5 and M40. Two intercity rail lines cross the area with stations located near Cirencester and at Moreton-in-Marsh.
The population is sparse, totalling about 81,000 people. This, combined with the rural character, makes it an attractive place to live and work. Tourism is a major feature throughout the District.
Unemployment levels are amongst the lowest in the region, if not the country.
The District Council is based in the largest town, Cirencester. There is an Area Centre at Moreton-in-Marsh which provides services to the community in the north. The Council also has a number of other sites, for example leisure facilities, a museum and visitor information centres across the District. The Council employs approximately 550 staff.
For further information about Cirencester and the surrounding areas, please visit the related links below.