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  • Day7

    Winchcombe to Dowdeswell, June 5

    June 5 in the United Kingdom

    I've included two pictures from yesterday of the castle gardens. Very pretty and well maintained.

    This morning we were up early as we had an eleven mile walk, plenty of up hills, and wanted to get out quickly after breakfast.

    I went down early to check out the weather and noticed a meat delivery man taking a half hog into the sausage shop across the street. He carried it on his shoulder without any wrapping on it. Food safety? Then perhaps 30 minutes later, one of the sausage guys was carrying an arm full of packaged sausages up the street to (I presume) the co-op food store. Those sausages were good as Arlene had them for dinner and I had one for breakfast...and no one is sick yet.

    Our walk out was quite cool and the uphill began in earnest shortly after passing The Bourne Construction Company. Recall the Bourne trilogy? Must have begun here in Winchcombe.

    After passing a cricket field we entered a pasture of sheep (we see lots of sheep, and I do mean lots) and a couple of horses. A beautiful black stallion started to approach me, stuck his nose on my arm making me quite uncomfortable then proceeded to "nose" me up the hill. Arlene got a laugh, but I was worried about being bitten; or worse, losing my hat. I finally stopped to confront him and he stuck his nose where I could rub his forehead. Seemed friendly enough and he must have smelled salt on my pack as I had it in Spain and for sure I sweated while carrying it. This was quite an experience.

    We soon approached an ancient burial mound...Belas Knap from the Neolithic period. Per the signage, it dates to 5000 years ago, or 3000 BC. Excavations found several skeletons and radio carbon dated them to that time period. Makes me feel young. The site was very well preserved, perhaps because it was far out in the country and uphill for most.

    Our walk continued and we had coffee at a golf course clubhouse on Cleeve Hill...the highest point on the Cotswold Way. Guys playing there must have mountain goat DNA in their blood as it was a very long course, plenty of uphills, and most that I saw were wearing skull caps and jackets and carrying their clubs. It was quite breezy that high with a 360 degree view.

    Beautiful scenery surrounded us and though the day was cloudy, we could see for miles and miles given the elevation of the hills. Saw a couple of joggers on the golf course and they passed us flying going downhill towards the butterfly sanctuary.

    We finally reached our pickup point. The B & B we are staying in was a taxi ride away from the trail so we had a short wait for the taxi. Lovely B & B and just a short walk outside town.

    Dinner was a 28 minute walk away and we enjoyed salmon that was excellent. Of course one must remember that I am extremely hungry and will eat anything...well, just about. Should be another cool walk in the AM. Hope to be on the trail shortly after 0800 as we need a taxi to the trailhead.

    Enjoy the pictures.
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  • Day5

    Stanton to Winchcombe, June 3

    June 3 in the United Kingdom

    Cloudy and foggy this morning. Once again I awoke just about 0400 and heard the church bell chime four times so I assumed it was 0400. I recall that in Spain, the church bell sounded on the hour, but did not sound after 10 PM or so. Perhaps it did, but I was too tired and asleep to notice.

    We met a couple from San Fran and another from Philadelphia at breakfast. One was walking towards Chipping Campden and the other was walking towards Bath. Once again, breakfast lasted us all day as it was filling and delicious.

    After getting the luggage downstairs (I should be ready for some serious arm wrestling after we get home given the weight of the duffles), we left and walked through Stanton noticing the lovely stone work and the old red phone booth near the post office. We also checked out the church before walking out of town. Fields of green, trees full of leaves, and warm temperatures greeted us as we walked from field to field. We passed Stanway House, the church, and the gate house. For 1300 years, the Stanway House has changed hands but once (except through inheritance). Quite a record!

    We passed through fields of sheep and cows noting at one gate a sign that read "bull in the field". Well now, that gave us concern, but also got us to thinking that since we saw no cows, what kind of bull could it be? Seeing parked cars resulted in the conclusion that the bull in the field was nothing more than a meeting of local politicians. And we think we have problems in the States.

    Met an English gentleman walking up a steep slope and told us that he does a 10 miler with his wife every Sunday, but she had other things to do this week so he was by himself. We but wonder if that was true. Quite a rugged 10 miler.

    Then we ran across a herd of sheep in the road before we stopped and chatted with a small group of walkers, two from Australia and one from Sweden. They were also going to Winchcombe but in the opposite direction...go figure. We did see them again at Hailes Abbey so small world after all.

    We enjoyed coffee and scones at Hayes Fruit Farm, then continued on the trail soon arriving at Hailes Abbey.

    Hailes Abbey consists of ruins today, being built in 1251 and destroyed at a time that the guide book has decided to keep secret. Across the road was the Church of Saint Nickolas. What's really interesting about this is that it was built in the 12th century and there are original wall paintings covering a large part of the interior. Amazing that they're not protected with hard plastic, or something, as one could touch them like the walls at home.

    Pretty flowers and fields of sprouted corn marked our way and we arrived at the White Hart Iinn in time for me to haul the bags up a set of stairs, through the door, up and down two sets of steps until i could get them into the room.

    Dinner was at the White Hart. Fish and chips, and sausage for Arlene. We topped it off with a peckish sized brownie with ice cream, then walked down the street to locate the church, noting the gargoyles, and to figure out how to walk to the castle which we shall do in the morning.

    All's well that ends well. Tomorrow is another day.
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  • Day53


    October 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Yay, Teil zwei: Als zweite Station in meinen Herbstferien war ich in Snowshill. Ich hab es noch immer nicht geschafft, durch das Dorf zu laufen, aber es ist nicht unglaublich weit weg, also kann ich das ziemlich realistisch noch wann anders machen. Ich war bei Snowshill Manor. Ja, nur bei. Ich war nicht in dem (ziemlich beeindruckenden) Haus. In meinen Sommerferien war ich da nämlich schon mit Mama, Papa, Tomke und Jakob. Das Haus von innen musste nicht noch einmal sein(der Besitzer hat alles ohne Plan gesammelt und ausgestellt... alles voll und unordentlich, vor allem auch die Samurai Ausrüstung Ausstellung ist mir dezent negativ in Erinenrung geblieben und ich wollte die auf keinen Fall alleine noch einmal sehen!) aber der Garten war echt wieder sehenswert. Überall sind Äpfel an den Bäumen und die Luft war wunderschön frisch! Echt toll da lang zu laufen und dann draußen auch Tee zu trinken und zu lesen. Alles fühlt sich an wie Herbst und ich könnte nur schwer glücklicher sein!Read more

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