Country Walk in the Cotswolds

Cotswolds from Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireAtop Leckhampton Hill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

How fortunate were we to have sunshine and deep blue skies on a day my husband and I set out on a planned country walk. My original idea, a.k.a. “the plan” was to follow a prescribed walk that featured a panoramic view of the Cotswold plain and a rock formation called Devil’s Chimney. How hard is it to follow a set path with a map and clearly described markers? Apparently, harder than we thought. But, as is often the case for us, getting lost was all part of the fun.

Farm Near Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireNear the beginning, we’re on the Costwold Way. A bit beyond that farmhouse, we missed a sign, misinterpreted the book’s directions, and took a wrong turn. The book guided us to turn at a hedge, keeping the field to the left. That’s exactly what we did. Except we turned left when the book actually instructed us to turn right. We were oblivious, thinking we were following the mapped path for quite some time. After all, each instruction led seamlessly to the next.

Farm Near Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireWe were no longer following “the plan,” but if we had been, this is what we would have missed.  We relished the scent of damp, freshly-tilled earth the entire time we skirted this field.

Sheep Near Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireI love sheep. They look so snuggly and stuffed-animalish…

Sheep Near Leckhampton Hill, Gloucestershireat least from a distance.

Wind ProtectionOnce we crested a hill, the wind became so strong that my eyes watered and my ears ached. This is me wearing rain gear and sunglasses for wind-protection. What a relief! If you laughed at how ridiculous I look, you weren’t the only one.

Near Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireSunny skies were obscured by ominous clouds so quickly, we wondered if our rain gear might actually be necessary (for its designed purpose, anyway).

Cotswolds from Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireAs it turned out, there was no need to worry. The clouds moved on as fast as they’d moved in. What a view!

Cotswolds from Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireI would have loved to capture the full splendor, but my dinky camera is weak in the panorama department. Still, I snapped away on my camera like a mad woman. This glorious view surpassed our expectations of our first “planned” destination. Onward to Devil’s Chimney.

We descended the hill along the winding Cotswold Way, diligently following the wooden signposts. Until we found ourselves in a subdivision. It finally dawned on us that, although we thought we’d followed all the directions on the map, we’d actually been lost for quite some time.  So we retrace our steps until we found an alternate route that would take us to Devil’s Chimney.  By the time we arrived, the light was dim as sunset was approaching, but I think the detour off of the detour was well worth it.

Devils Chimney, Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireDevil’s Chimney, Leckhampton Hill, Cheltenham, Glos.

Sunset at Leckhampton Hill, Gloucestershire

Sunset at Leckhampton Hill, GloucestershireFin.

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About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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7 Responses to Country Walk in the Cotswolds

  1. Monique says:

    What a gorgeous and inspiring walk! The close up of the sheep made me laugh out loud.

  2. leiah says:

    I first thought the sheep had eaplugs in…

  3. Martin says:

    My mother pointed me to these pictures because her mom, my grandmother, used to walk there and my mom wanted me to see. That place is beautiful. From here in the States, thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for your comment, Martin. It really is a beautiful place. I know it’s not the same as being here, but I’m glad that you and your mother were able to “see” it from across the pond! 🙂

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