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Cotswold Hills(kŏt`swōld), range, mainly in Gloucestershire, W England, extending c.50 mi (80 km) NE from Bath; Cleeve Cloud (c.1,080 ft/330 m) is the highest point. Its crest line forms the Thames-Severn watershed. The region is famous for Cotswold sheep and for its picturesque stone houses and villages. Many noteworthy megalithic monuments and long barrows are found in the Cotswolds. Among the ruins is Hailes Abbey, founded in 1246. The Cotswold Games were held there from the 17th to the 19th cent.
a ridge in Great Britain, the northwestern frame of the London Basin. It stretches from southwest to northeast along the left bank of the Severn River for approximately 100 km. Heights reach 330 m. The Cotswolds are composed of limestone, sandstone, and marl, forming a steep cuesta scarp facing northwest; the opposite slope is gently inclined. There are beech forests, heaths, and meadows. Sheep breeding is a major economic activity in the Cotswold Hills.