July 17 – Spent too long over breakfast at the B&B this morning, swapping tales with three Aussies about times things went wrong on the trail. The screwups make the best memories! Ten miles planned for today.
Unbelievably, the weather continues clear and sunny, although this morning was a bit cooler.
A sculpture in the middle of a field – a memorial to a local “rambler.”
Through a green tunnel and into the woods.
We reached the marker for the halfway point of the Cotswold Way, although it is not technically in the middle. 47 miles down, 55 more to Bath!
Pretty moss and ferns.
We came to a stone commemorating Oliver Cromwell’s successful battle in the civil war in 1643. Seems odd to fight a battle in the woods, but I guess there was a lot more woods back then!
We climbed the Haresfield Beacon, giving us 360 degree views of the countryside. Nice clouds.
As we walked down, we could see an image in the barn loft. What was that?
Oh! Thanks, zoom lens!
A downed tree trunk filled with coins.
Trees covered with ivy.
Our first grape arbor, with tiny green grapes.
Over the railroad trestle, and before too long, we were in King’s Stanley. Tonight we are staying at Grey Cottage. More about this tomorrow!