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Cotswold District

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  • Day316

    Bibury

    July 7 in the United Kingdom

    Unser letzter Stop in den Cotswolds war dann in dem unglaublich idyllischen Dörfchen namens Bibury. Vor allem berühmt ist die eine Straße aus Cottages, die irgendwann 1300 errichtet wurden. Das Licht hat den Stein einfach nur strahlen lassen. Es war echt hübsch!
    Auch Bibury soll in Bridget Jones mitgespielt haben, oder auch in Stardust. Das glaub ich auf jeden Fall gerne. Das ist so schön, dass da quasi jeder Film irgendeine Szene drehen sollte!
    In Bibury sind wir ein bisschen spazieren gegangen und haben mal wieder viele Bilder gemacht - wie denn auch nicht, wenn alles um einen rum so unglaublich schön ist?!
    Unser Cotswolds-Abenteuer haben wir dann mit einem Eis auf einer Mauer in der Sonne an dem Flüsschen sitzend abgeschlossen. Das war einfach nur ideal und hat mein Glücklichkeitslevel noch mal gesteigert. Ich bin zwar echt müde jetzt, aber auch wirklich glücklich!
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  • Day3

    Chipping Campden, June 1

    June 1 in the United Kingdom

    Great to get a full night's sleep. Breakfast was a full English and very filling. Enjoyed conversation with a gentleman from the Bath area who was also walking The Cotswold Way so he shared a few tips and places to see in Bath. He was walking it in seven days which includes a couple of 20 mile days...more power to him.

    After breakfast we strolled to the tourist information center, purchasing a Campden walking tour guide, and headed out to see the sights which included the Church of Saint James, the "official " beginning of The Cotswold Way and other local sights. We initially walked to the Cotswold Olimpick Games location, on Dover's Hill. We decided to check out the sights this am and not get caught up in the crowds that are beginning to build in Campden.

    Ran into a gentleman who was finishing The Cotswold Way and he said the trail was tough from Broadway. Our task tomorrow, I guess, and we are just beginning. He walked in the reverse direction thus the trail markers point both ways so the trick is not to get confused about the direction of travel. Arlene has the guide book so if we get lost, well then...

    After walking around, we decided to relax and get ready for the first of our walks tomorrow. Arlene packed, and repacked, until she got it right while I just made sure I was not going to leave something behind. Brought back memories of the Camino days when all went into the pack, post haste.

    Dinner was at Eight Bells and they had Scrumpy Cider.

    Sure packs a wallop, it does. I recall seeing an episode of Rick Steves' travels where he met the man who made Scrumpy Cider and they had a laugh while enjoying a mug. "Came from me grandfather's recipe" he said, and not bad at all. Anyway, we had fish and chips, and finished the entree with, guess what, another sticky toffee pudding. It really is not a puddimg, but a light cake with toffee sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. What a meal!

    The pictures: the altar in St. James, the arched pass-through in a coffee shop on High Street, an old car and a kids slide at the Olimpicks site, and two pics of High Street.

    Thought we could stay awake until after the fireworks and parade, but no. Still very light at 9:35, but we are going dark. Tomorrow, our first ten miler.
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  • Day4

    Chipping Campden to Stanton, June 2

    June 2 in the United Kingdom

    Let's start with last night. Wow! After turning out the lights, the fireworks began and lasted for 15 minutes. We had a ringside seat from our room and captured a few pictures of the display. Then the bands started to play and walked, or did they march, the 3/4 mile with about two to three thousand party animals behind them. They came in two waves and marched right by our room to the town square where the stage was set, the barbecue was hot and the beer was cold. Quite a sight!

    Some time later (we were getting no, and I do mean no, sleep), the party, or celebration, was over and the happy folks started to go home with loud talk and laughter, the cars racing along the narrow street, and horns telling all that no sleep is possible until later.

    Then at four, daybreak. Quite a night and with a 10 miler today.

    Well, we finally got some rest, but I woke up at 0400 due to the morning light and the chirping birds. Had to close the windows.

    Breakfast was delicious and very filling...similar to yesterday, a full English. We left about 0900 and enjoyed the coolness of the morning, albeit a bit muggy (but no rain). Climbed a hill leaving Campden, then it leveled out with outstanding views and we motored along seeing Broadway Tower ahead, then the long downhill to the village of Broadway where we had coffee and scones. It was similar to Campden and the yellowish sandstone buildings made for a very pretty main street. After leaving Broadway, we had to enter a field through a kissing gate (yes, you read it correctly and you are supposed to kiss the person you are walking with so we have fun with that). At the gate, there was a sheep blocking the gate and I was determined not to kiss that thing, but to move him along. Stubborn sheep, would not move so I climbed the fence, then Arlene did the same, versus dealing with a smelly sheep. Anyway, we finally entered the trail and ran into a gentleman who told us the story of the Lancaster bomber crash near the Broadway Tower during WWII. He said that the last remaining bomber that was flight ready was to make a fly-by as this was a day of celebration of the valor of those killed in the crash. We were hoping to see the fly-by, but perhaps it did not take off. Anyway, we continued uphill (long uphill too) until it started down again and we found the B & B for tonight, The Shenberrow Hill. In years past, it was the site of an Iron Age hill fort. Digs uncovered relics of the past...pieces of pottery, bronze bracelets, and bone needles (bet they came from walkers picking their teeth after feasting on wooly mammoth meat at a local pub).

    We arrived around 1530, assigned to a second floor room, and I lugged 200 pounds of luggage up the turning staircase. Nice to sit for a spell (tough day), and get cleaned up before dinner at the Mount Inn Pub. They have toothpicks made of bone :).

    The meal was outstanding. We started with a salmon cake that was out of this world, then fish and chips. We both had huge pieces of fish leaving no room for sticky toffee. Oh well, we will eat less tomorrow and save room for dessert.

    Lights out now...more tomorrow from the trail.
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  • Day64

    Tetbury: a Market Town

    July 4 in the United Kingdom

    Tetbury is one of many small, beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. It has an old Market Hall, dating from 1655 that was open. We bought a meat pie (meatloaf wrapped in flaky pastry) for lunch, and some strawberry jam to take home.

    Chipping Steps goes up the hill to the market area (chipping means market), and passes by some charming 17th-18th Century homes. Almost all the buildings in the Cotswolds are made of limestone--so pretty!Read more

  • Day64

    The Police Museum

    July 4 in the United Kingdom

    The Police Museum with its old courtroom was something unusual and interesting to visit. There was a meeting going on in the Courtroom, so we couldn't go in, but I peeked in and took a quick photo from the doorway.

  • Day65

    Chavenage Tour

    July 5 in the United Kingdom

    On our tour we saw the bed that Oliver Cromwell slept in, when he made a visit to the owners. During England's civil war (1642-46) between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, Cromwell was trying to get support to have King Charles I killed.

    The Cromwell bedroom is used in filming Poldark. It has wool tapestries on the walls, and they were made to fit the room.

    The next bedroom has silk tapestries on its walls. It contains several military weapons and a helmet, which is surprisingly heavy! Above the fireplace is a hat cover, used to keep the hat from getting dusty when out riding. When two men on horseback met on the road, they would quickly put on their hats, and the one with the smaller hat had to give way to the other, out of respect. Wish we had some way of giving or receiving right of way on some of these narrow roads!Read more

  • Day65

    Chavenage: Chapel and Farm

    July 5 in the United Kingdom

    The original family were strong Catholics, had a priest living with them, and hid him during the time of Catholic persecution in the country.

    This the chapel; it is often rented for weddings.

    And here are some scenes of the working farm.

  • Day65

    Chavenage, of Poldark fame

    July 5 in the United Kingdom

    We haven't gotten into the TV series, Poldark, but know a lot of people are watching it regularly. This is the home used as the setting, and because of that, people like to tour it. There was quite a crowd on the day we went--it is only available on Thursday and Sunday afternoons. We enjoyed the tour especially because the house is being lived in.

    The first part of the house was built in medieval times. Then in the 1500s, it was gutted, reconstructed in Elizabethan style, and added onto in front and back of the original part. The additions are done so well that the house looks like it is all from the same period. This makes it very desirable for filming.

    The back of the house looks onto an unspoiled area of the country, where you don't see any evidence of modern life--so it is used to film battles, etc.
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  • Day64

    Chuch of John the Baptist, Cirencester

    July 4 in the United Kingdom

    Here is another beautiful church! Highlights:
    Icon of St. John the Baptist
    Pulpit, 1450, rare wine glass design (note sermon-timer on the wall)
    Chapel with fan vaulting that was added 350 years later
    Cup made for Anne Boleyn in 1535, given to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I

  • Day65

    Chavenage Tour continues

    July 5 in the United Kingdom

    Here are some more rooms we saw:
    -The former Ladies' room, turned into a billiard room, because the owner needed a place to put his Snooker table
    -The Library, which is used as a Breakfast Room during Poldark filming
    -Portraits of former owners
    -The Ballroom, now a Tea Room for tour participants.

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