The Cotswolds
July 2016
Next stop after Cornwall, the Cotswolds for a week of solo hiking. The view from my room at the Horse & Groom Inn, Bourton-on-the-Hill.
Pastoral Cotwold scene, in Batsford Park.
Batsford Park.
St. Mary's, Batsford.
The gatehouse by the entrance to my future home in Batsford.
The countryside near Batsford.
A view of the village of Blockley, seen from the trail.
The countryside near Batsford.
Coming across the fields to Chipping Campden on a gloomy day.
Wandering through the paddocks in Daylesford, near Bledington. Even in the midst of a vast private estate like this, there are public pathways.
Threatening skies over Daylesford. Amazingly, however, in three weeks of walking I had to endure only about 20 minutes of genuine rain.
Chastleton House, near Morton-in-Marsh, the Cotswolds.
Adlestrop.
Adlestrop.
The post office in Adlestrop.
St. Mary Magdalene, Adlestrop.
Adlestrop.
Adlestrop. I'm planning to make an offer on this modest little place.
Another little cottage in Adlestrop.
St. Nicholas, Lower Oddington.
Well-trained plantings in Icomb, a few miles from Stow-on-the-Wold.
A lonely farmhouse near Westcote.
The countryside near Westcote.
Heading south, I next alighted in Swinbrook, at The Swan Inn.
The Swan.
The River Windrush, just out the front door of my lodgings.
The builders of St. Mary the Virgin in Swinbrook seem to have had some trouble finding the center line.
Fettiplace monuments in St. Mary the Virgin, Swinbrook.
Fettiplace monuments in St. Mary the Virgin, Swinbrook. This is the way I usually watch TV.
Swinbrook.
Skies over Swinbrook.
Fields near Swinbrook.
The trail near Swinbrook. I often had places like this completely to myself.
Fields near Swinbrook.
An old stone barn near Worsham Turn, gutted, glassed in, and in the process of being converted to a very nice home.
Roadside flora, Asthall Leigh.
Roadside flora, Asthall Leigh.
Roadside flora, Asthall Leigh.
Roadside flora, Asthall Leigh.
Roadside flora, Asthall Leigh.
Along the trail back to Swinbrook.
Along the trail back to Swinbrook. Just a few sheep.
The bridge across the River Windrush at Asthall.
The River Windrush at Asthall.
Asthall.
Another nice little church organ, in St. Nicholas, Asthall.
Asthall Manor, the Jacobean childhood home of the Mitford sisters.
St. Nicholas and Asthall Manor.
Midday skies over Swinbrook.