Sunday, 7 June 2015

Our first day walking The Cotswolds Way, smiling lungs in the countryside

We flew into London  yesterday, catch a bus, then a train, then another bus, and 5 hours later get to The Noel Arms in Chipping Camden, the start of our 160 km walk to Bath.  It's a pretty market town , but we are too jet lagged to sightsee, and crash early - ready to start our walk.  It s exciting to see the start of the trail sign posted...and even more exciting to see clear sunny sky and a crisp breeze to cool us as we walk ..


 The Noel Arms Hotel, our first sleep in the Cotswolds, Chipping Campden, is part of rows of honey colored stone buildings.


Our path as we walk out of the town runs  alongside the road, but so pretty - lined with lace flowers growing wild.  I can't even grow them at all in SA! 


There are roughly 4000 miles of dry walling in The Cotswolds.  Looking back over the farmlands.


The first stone stile, clear marking of The Trail- fab photo taken by Rob


We walk along paths through farms.. With Iace flowers paving our way


Great sign posting...


Fields of golden rape seed...


Over farmland towards Broadway Folly,  built by an Earl for his wife, as her folly!


This little one was so close I could have touched him...i love their black faces...and patchy feet


Walking to the ?Folly


Enchanting forest..


Broadway, where we have the worlds most expensive toasted cheese sandwiches ( R280 each sandwich) such a pretty little village.




Leaving  Broadway



Down through farm lands to Stanton, the jewel of the Cotswolds


Shenberrow Hill where we spend the night...


And I soak for ages in a deep foamy bath with a cup of tea...

































































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