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North Cotswolds Villages

We had the maximum of six walkers, including new member Stephen, for Andrew's eight and a half mile walk through Chastleton, Adlestrop and Daylesford. Heading out to Chastleton there were fine views across to Warwickshire before we entered woodland and then emerged onto a fairly new permissive path on sloping estate land. Here we had views of Chastleton House with its  dovecote in the fore ground. Time for a quick coffee stop (and some gossip and banter), then off towards Adlestrop. Here we had our sandwich lunch (and a little more gossip and banter) in and around the famous bus shelter with its old railway station sign and brass plate engraved with the famous Edward Thomas poem about his brief train stop in the village over a century ago. After lunch we strolled around the village, Andrew stopping briefly to stroke a purring cat outside the church. We had a good view of Adlestrop House, where Jane Austen had been a regular visitor and thought to be the inspiration for her novel Mansfield Park.

The third and final village was Daylesford and an interesting visit to the St Peter's Churchyard, where the socially distanced group photo was taken, and a look around the gravestones including those of Viscount Rothermere and Warren Hastings. Next on to the upmarket Daylesford Farm shop where we watched the well-heeled folks get out of their flash cars and don face masks to get into the shop.

The final stretch was through the Daylesford Estate and back to the start point with panoramic views including Broadway Tower in the far distance.

It being Andrew's walk, we had the additional treat of home-made Dundee Cake and delicate Earl Grey tea (and yes more gossip and banter!) to round off the day. It really was a splendid walk in relaxed company.


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