12 March Day 13 – The Cotswolds

Bourton on the Water where the ducks paddle like mad to stay in one place.

Off to look at some of the Cotswold villages with Ron and Mike.  First of all to Bourton on the Water, which is a beautiful fairy-tale type of place, complete with a model village and the fast running River Windrush.

Ron playing Gulliver at the Bourton-on-the-Water model village

After coffee and a bacon sandwich off to Stow on the Wold which while also beautiful, is a more commercial town.

Having problems with the GPS when it wants to take me to places I don’t want to go, so decided to give it its head and it took us off into Oxfordshire and the village of Burford.  Parked across the river and wandered up the narrow road to the Royal Oak, where Mike had a lager, Ron a coffee and me  one of the smallest bottles of Coke I have ever seen.

Remarkable stonework on the side of the former office building at the old Brewery, Stow on the Wold.

Visited the Slaughters, Upper and Lower.  According to the internet, the name has no connection with blood and guts but is derived from the old English word Slohtre meaning a muddy place.  Very little mud found today, but some lovely houses and the famous Upper Slaughter Manor.  The are no shops in these villages, but the people obviously enjoy living in bucolic and peaceful surrounds.

Total Distance Travelled:  76.4miles/123km

More water and ducks at Burford, Oxfordshire

Looking across to the majestic Upper Slaughter Manor.

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