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South Gloucestershire

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  • Day15

    Old Sodbury to Pennsylvania, June 13

    June 13 in the United Kingdom

    We are moving slowly this AM. The 13 miles yesterday were tough.

    Coffee in the room was eye opening and the breakfast at The Dog Inn was at least filling given that we are not wide awake yet. Yesterday, upon our arrival, I asked the bartender if people "woof, woof" when they arrive. "No", she said..."you were the first today". Made me feel real proud to be a turkey in a house of dogs!

    So we're having fun and today's walk is short...just nine miles. We shall see if the rain holds off.

    This part of the Cotswold Way is a little flatter (rolling hills, not steep mountains), and we started our day walking along rolling hills with some geogous views.

    We walked pass the Dodington House...unseen from the path, but we saw the surrounding land and the "moat" that was in front of the main drive. History tells us that it was built in 1795 for a man that made great wealth "on the backs of slaves in the West Indies".

    Our day continued to Tormarton, a small village with the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. We visited the interior and the stain glass was spectacular.

    We then walked through a series of fields with borders made of new stone. They used the yellowish sandstone that we saw earlier in the walk. Very striking in appearance. Later on we ran into some volunteers who were repairing a stone wall and we were told that it is a very expensive wall to build today given the cost of labor and material.

    Our walk went along the scarp edge once again, and perhaps for the last time. We walked around a large deer park that surrounded Dyrham House (the restored home of William lll, built around 1695 or so and maintained by the National Trust). I went up to the gate to take a picture and commented to a couple that were inside that I hoped I could avoid the bars. He said that he would be happy to take a picture for me...and then we realized we has seen each other a few days ago. He and his wife drove the Blue Ridge Parkway not so long ago and we had a discussion about that when we first met. What a coincidence!

    As we crossed several fields, some contained sheep and cows, Arlene saw a grouse (or was it a pheasant?). Cameras on cell phones would not do it justice, but I was able to capture a pretty good picture on the better camera with the zoom lens.

    We are staying in Pennsylvania (yes we are), at the Cornflake Cottage, and it is a delightful B & B. The hostess made us coffee, provided muffins, and the room has a sitting area downstairs, called The Snug. She will drive us to dinner this evening.

    Good dinner of chicken cooked in a pastry shell, veggies, dessert and wine. Hard to beat.

    Tomorrow is the last walk. Rain is expected. We've had no rain while here so getting a little in the AM will not dampen our spirits.
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  • Day16

    Pennsylvania to Bath, June 14

    June 14 in the United Kingdom

    We really have been fortunate with the weather. It rained some during the night; I could hear what I thought was a squirrel in the attic, but it must have been rain. Guess I was thinking about the Wooton-under-Edge attempted squirrel assult that our host was contemplating.

    We had a wonderful breakfast and since it was not raining (and did not rain the entire day), we only needed our rain pants due to the wet weeds, and we each wore a rain jacket...just in case. Poncho stayed in the backpacks.

    Shortly after leaving the B & B, we had to cross a very busy highway that required 10 minutes of waiting, but we left no bodies with tire tracks. We crossed it again later, but did not experience as much difficulty.

    Views were as good as those that we've seen throughout the trip. One unusual sight occurred when we walked through what we thought was a wheat field. There was a very distinct path and the wind was whipping the tall plants in a wave fashion...like going to a ball game and the fans do the "wave". This was natural and we just enjoyed the motion for a few minutes.

    We passed a couple of men working on an old stone wall that they estimated to be over 250 years old. They were Cotswold Wardens and volunteered their time and talents to keep the trail looking good as well as to preserve the English history.

    Further on, we came across an ancient battlefield. In 1643, there was quite a battle that changed much of England...we'll let you read about it in the picture. There is a monument there, built in 1720.

    Crossing the field, we noticed the sheep all in a line. Lunch requires a certain amount of discipline so the sheep were with the program. Typical British, I guess.

    We saw another of the Iron Age Forts, this one was Little Down Hill Fort and the last that we will see. Amazing that such a large amount of history goes almost unnoticed as there were no markers, we determined where it was from the guidebook.

    We had our first good look at Bath from Prospect Stile, and it was 5k away as the crow flies. A wonderful pause from our methodical walk, we sat and enjoyed the many views. Our walk would soon be over and we wanted to savor the moment.

    From here, we walked into and across Weston (down and back up), what we imagine as a bedroom community and had a bit to go to reach Bath. We motored on finally seeing Queen Victoria's monument, then walking in front of the Royal Crescent. I'll include pictures of Bath over the next two days, but we wanted to remember our journey as a series of beautiful samples of nature...and we saw many such samples.

    Finally, we saw the Bath Abbey and the "official" end of the Cotswold Way.

    Dinner was Italian and dessert was Panna Cotta, a custard like Mexican flan, but the flavorings were much different. Hope we can try this when we get home.

    Tomorrow will be a late wakeup as the dogs need a rest.
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  • Day5

    Thornbury Castle

    May 23, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Am Abend treffen wir im Thornbury Castle, unserem zweiten Hotel, ein. Dort gönnen wir uns ein schier fürstliches Abendmahl, nachdem wir unsere Zimmer bezogen haben.

You might also know this place by the following names:

South Gloucestershire, SGC, Южен Глостършър, Su Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire du Sud, Süd Gloucestershire, Южный Глостершир, Південний Глостершир

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