36 Hours: 36 Hours in the Cotswolds

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8) 8 a.m. A STACK OF BUTTERED TOAST

Start your Sunday at The Broadway Deli, with their appropriately named Big Breakfast — pork sausage, bacon, roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, black pudding, baked beans, scrambled eggs and extra buttered toast (£11.95). You’ll need the calories for your next adventure: a circular four-mile walk along the scenic Cotswold Way. The hike will take you along Broadway’s High Street, past imposing mansions and spectacular countryside on your way to the Broadway Tower, where you’ll have a panoramic view of up to 16 counties from the top. The castle-like tower, which had a nuclear bunker next to it during the Cold War, was built in 1798 as a folly project for the wife of an earl who wanted to know if a beacon light lit at the tower could be seen from her home 22 miles away. (It could.)

9) Noon. THE QUEEN’S VELVET PRIVY

Anne Boleyn may have been Henry VIII’s most famous wife, but Henry’s sixth wife, Katherine Parr, may have been his most interesting partner. The best place to learn about her is at the magnificent Sudeley Castle and Gardens. Parr lived here with her dashing but somewhat unscrupulous husband, Thomas Seymour, whom she married a few months after Henry died. She died seven days after giving birth; Seymour was executed for treason six months later.

The great Tudor palace fell into ruins in the 1640s during the English Civil War, and some local women stumbled across Parr’s grave on the premises in 1782. Parr supposedly still had her hair, teeth and nails, and her skin was in remarkably good condition. Locks of her hair and a mounted, blackened tooth are on display in the Long Room. Among the many exhibits is Queen Parr’s privy, which has a velvet canopy and a seat of crimson velvet for the royal posterior (adults £16.50; 20 percent discount with National Trust membership).

10) 3 p.m. BEEFEATERS’ ROAST

The Sunday roast is an integral part of British culture and a great excuse to wrap up your weekend in a gastronomic orgy of meat and potatoes. The tradition dates back to at least the reign of King Henry VII, who established the Yeoman Warders as the royal bodyguard in 1485. They were said to have feasted on roast beef every Sunday after church, and soon came to be known as beefeaters. There are few better places to tuck into a traditional Sunday roast then The Plough Inn at Ford, a child-friendly, 16th-century country pub that’s also a bed-and-breakfast. Get the Scotch roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding or the roast breast of chicken with stuffing and bread sauce, and ask for a gravy boat. Expect to pay from about £12.95 to £18.95 for main courses.

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