Sunday, August 26, 2012

Circle Walk from Ilmington via Chipping Campden

Yesterday, Tanya, Kristy, and I embarked on a 11.5 mile walk through the heart of the Cotswolds. We began our jounrey in Ilmington. Kristy was kind enough to drive us to a lovely starting point near a little Roman Catholic Church.

From the Church, we took a path along a small lane. Of course we had to take a picture in front of the sign marking Grump Street. Who knew that the sign would be a precurser for the day! Yikes!

Before we were even 30 min into our walk we started climbing Ilminster Down, the highest point in Warwickshire. I was winded by the time we reached the top and had to ask my friends to stop for a moment and take a breath. Needless to say, the company and the views were beautiful.
The mud along the way was quite significant. The first leg of the trip was very slow going, tedious, and dirty. We were all exhausted and hungry by the time we reached Chipping Campden. We were very pleased when we saw the town in the distance and were greeted by sheep in our trek across the final field.

We had a lovely lunch, complete with tea in a little cafe in town. Since the first half of the walk had been so gastly with the mud and insects, Kristy decided to take a cab back to Ilmington, while Tanya and I continued on. She would meet us back at the Roman Catholic Church when we reached the end of our journey.

The way back wasn't easy. Finding the Public Footpath signs became more and more difficult. We often lost the path, as it seemed less traveled and less maintained. But Tanya and I kept smiling through it all.


We were very pleased to get back to the car!

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