Day 25 22-05-2014 Thu Shipton-under-Wychwood

Today we explored the Cotswolds, an area designated as of “outstanding natural beauty”. We couldn’t disagree. Our tour consisted of a loop through Bourton-on-the-Water, Upper- and Lower-Slaughter, Lower Swell, Snowhill, Broadway, Broadway Tower, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, and Stow-on-the-Wold. It was mostly overcast and we had short light rain periods during the day, and even hail but we weren’t impeded that much.

Bourton-on-the-Water

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Lower Swell

IMG_4038 IMG_4034Broadway Tower is situated on the edge of a plateau at about 300m elevation (high for these parts), featuring sweeping views of the valley below. We didn’t go in the tower (no point) but did venture into the adjacent NT-listed Clump Farm which featured a buttercup-littered grass path through a sinuous depression in the hillside – just magic!

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All these places are picturesque villages of mostly honey-coloured Cotswold stone. We enjoyed our leisurely strolls around them. We walked a loop trail from Upper Slaughter to Lower Slaughter and back – just superb.

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