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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Cotswold villages

From Oxford I drove to Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds. We were staying in an old two bedroomed cottage within a few minutes walk of the village. It was the perfect location for visiting lots of places within the Cotwolds. The Cotswold is designated 'An area of Outstanding Beauty'. The region covers 790 square miles of rolling hills, honey-coloured stone built villages, historic homes and castles and some beautiful gardens. On our first day I took M to some of the more attractive  villages starting with Bourton on the water.,

The main street through the village straddles the river Windrush with its series of low bridges.

It is a very popular tourist area and there are numerous shops and cafes on either of the river. We stopped for a rest and had tea and toasted teacakes in one of the tea shops. A very English thing to do.

There is a motor museum there but we didn't venture inside. However alongside the Museum  was a beautiful scene with the river rushing past the stone buildings.

We drove on to the next village of Lower Slaughter. There is also an Upper Slaughter but it is not so picturesque. The word 'slaughter' is from the old English word for muddy place. This village  has  the Eye stream running through it.

There are two small bridges crossing the stream and at one end of the village is a water mill. The original mill wheel can still be seen inside the mill which was built in the 19th cent. It was last used commercially in 1958. Nowadays there is a small museum in the mill as well as a craft shop and cafe.

Driving through more of the beautiful countryside we came across a sign for Hailes Abbey. I had not heard of it before but we turned off the road to have a look. Founded in 1246 by Richard, the brother of Henry III, one of the wealthiest men in the country.

The ruins we can see today are all from the main Abbey buildings. As well as the Abbey there were farm buildings, orchards and fishponds.

You can still see the remains of stone benches.

Victorian graffiti can be seen on a number of building stones.

We finished our day at Broadway, one of my favourite villages. I just love the way it nestles within the rolling countryside.

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  1. ahhhhh, so charming, the history so rich. Have a great weekend.

  2. I love all those old stone buildings! I'd love to visit the Cotswolds someday.

  3. It is quite a beautiful and serene place, and the old abbey ruins are lovely, too :-)

  4. The rivers run very high. They must flood frequently. We can't grumble too much about modern youth and graffiti. I've heard there was graffiti around from Roman times. I always wonder about building relics such as the arches and how safe they are to be near. Obviously whoever placed a seat there is not concerned.

  5. It sure is a picturesque area and one I have never visited even though my niece lives there.

  6. It is a beautiful area full of history.

  7. Love that area. We've been several times but missed the Abbey. Will have to look out for that next time :)

  8. I missed who this M is but she is one lucky gal to have you as a tour guide! I haven't been to the Cotswolds in 30 yrs...and you are making me want to go back. Janey

  9. I want to go there! :-) Wonderful photos!

  10. wow what a great place I love it..

  11. Marie - you brought back so many lovely memories of our trip in 2014 to the Cotswolds. I've been to all those places you shared in this post but walking from one to the other! Did you get up to Broadway Tower? Isn't Hailes Abbey both spooky and serene?

  12. Beautiful places! The English countryside is gorgeous.

  13. So far I only know the Cotswolds from "Escape to the Country" I wished I could see this in real ! Your friend certainly enjoyed it !

  14. I always thought the Cotswalds would look like something out of a book, movie -- or my imagination -- and your views of these villages proved my ideas to be true. Wonderful. I would love to live in a village called (Anything)-On-The-Water.


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