A walk in Wiltshire
12.05.2013 - 17.05.2013 14 °C
We met up with Cookie and Dougal in Bath, a joyful reunion. The plan was a gentle walk in the southern Cotswolds, south of Bath. 77 kilometres over 4 days. Though we all love walking and are at a reasonable level of fitness, none of us had done anything this big. I was hoping I wouldn't fall in a heap somewhere unable to go on. Luckily this wasn't to be, i only had one jelly moment when faced with a herd of what i believed to be killer cows. A story for another time.
The legs of the journey were very different, from canal tow paths to fields and wooded glades. We saw so many beautiful sights; as well as the natural beauty, there were numerous ridiculously beautiful villages. Stew was in his element with the camera in a way reminiscent of his preoccupation with France's beautiful villages. We spent a lot of time talking and laughing and after the day's walk, sipping G and Ts and recounting the days events over delicious meals. England's food has improved remarkably since I was last here, lots of local produce, well cooked.
This walk has certainly been a highlight so far. Challenging enough in parts not to feel like child's play but eminently gettable and the most wonderful way to see the country. Ah, the blue bell reference ! The first blue bells in a glade created a big commotion and many photos. As we were walking the sight of blue bells became so common that at times we were not even noticing them. Stewart made a salient point, not to become blasé, this became a metaphor for the trip itself. We are seeing so much and doing so many amazing things, it is easy forget how lucky we are, so our maxim is never to be blasé about blue bells !