Day 61 - A Cotswold Romance

Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2010

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Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm in love with the Cotswolds!  After the beautiful town of Chipping Camden, the town of Broadway and the villages of Stanton and Stanway are even more picture-perfect.  No wonder Hollywood directors are obsessed with using shots of the Cotswolds as their image of "England"! 
The Cotswold Way is easy to follow and day one winds past numerous honey-coloured stone houses and thatched cottages, through rich meadows and pretty woodland.  There are stunning views too from the top of Dover's Hill and the Broadway Tower, an 18th century folly. 
At Broadway Tower there's a bit of surprise - it's rained potatoes!  Clearly put down for the sheep but in this pastoral setting of rolling meadows, it looks quite odd!
The spring is back in my step and, despite setting off late after dealing with some admin, I make fast progress and am in Winchcombe almost exactly on time.    

For the cartographers and anyone interested in navigation, I've now switched to using a Harvey map for the The Cotswold Way.  Harvey maps specialise in maps for walkers and cyclists, and they are particularly useful for long-distance paths as the route is divided into strips on a 1:40,000 scale and can usually be fitted into one map.  I've used them successfully in the past for the Dales, Great Glen and West Highland Ways but the change in key, colouring, features shown etc always takes a bit of getting used to.  Let's see how I get on this time! 

What made me smile today:

The potatoes - apparently sheep don't like the skins!  
A thatched cricket pavilion.   How many i-Spy points is that?  Spotting a thatched bus stop was one of the highest scores.
The English Heritage sign describing Hailes Abbey as an "infamous Cistercian monastery".  Infamous for what?

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Nicky Edwards on

So have these potato-loving-skin-hating sheep learnt to use potato peelers
yet, then?

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