Omri and I were gifted a book about the Cotswolds and I just now got around to looking at it. Inside highlighted cute towns (many of which we have already visited), points of interest, and walks. We decided to follow one of the walks that was mapped out – we took the Teddy Bear and picnic supplies and made an afternoon of it!
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The walk was about 4.5 miles – and let’s be honest here, when the Brits write about a “walk” they are more like flat hikes, or a pretty hefty walk if you ask me. There is not a lot of mountainous terrain or elevation changes out where we are so I suppose its not your average hike through a forest, but still they are long walks (maybe I should coin them “wikes” aka a walk-hike hybrid or something).
Another thing to note is that these walking directions are not what we are used to in the US. A lot of roads do not necessarily have names or signs indicating their names (an old remnant of the war times) and so they are not clearly marked. So to find things, people often describe directions more than you may think. For example, to find a house (that may or may not have a street name and number, but instead just a name, think “Chatsworth House” or “Eaton Manor”) a person might say, go past the ruby field on the right and then go straight way for 2 miles and turn left by the second road and we are the first semi detached house on the right. This is both helpful but also very hard to get used to, especially since smartphone GPSes don’t always have a great signal and sometimes the Sat Nav can’t always pinpoint the right postal code. Nonetheless these were the types of directions we had for the walk. Luckily Omri made a Google Map that we also referenced (when we had a signal):
After packing some water and snacks, we drove out to the starting point (a pub), parked our car, and started on our walk.
The walk started in a town and walking on the roads which made me a bit nervous because the roads are narrow and have curves and cars and no side walk (and about 1/4 of the walk was like this) but soon we veered off onto a public footpath that had us walking between fields and on a nice hiking path.
The weather was really nice that day – not too warm with rays of sun and a slight breeze! It was perfect weather for Teddy as he pranced along.
We walked through fields and curved around pastures and even saw some sheep!
We took mini breaks and spread out our picnic blanket and snacked on some camembert and baguette (can’t take the Paris out of the girl, even in England…).
There were beautiful fields along the way with wheat and other crops; it’s so great that the farmers just let people walk on their land! There are no fences and they seem to just trust that the people (and animals) will just leave things alone and not bother them.
Teddy was getting tired and so Omri and I took turns carrying him for the remainder of the walk. He was a trooper though and did a good 3.5 miles! (Side note: apparently he has more energy on walks with his cousins and sans parents, but thats another story…)
I was honestly nervous that we would get lost, but somehow with the guide book and Omri’s map, we made it back to our car! It was really nice to see the countryside by foot and to get up close and personal with nature and the fields!