Marie (left), Karen Janis Laura and Beth celebrate the conclusions of their 10-day walk from Chipping Campden (near Oxford south to Bath. They enjoyed impressive blues skies and vistas overlooking small villages built largely out of limestone. They walked through fields containing cows (and bulls), sheep and horses. They saw deer, partridges and a red fox. While the weather from Aug. 31-Sept. 15 was largely rain free, they did get some showers. Big appetites contributed to tasty meals of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips, and sticky toffee pudding. Cream teas - with coddled cream and scones - were a high point. To travel along with us please go the the PHOTO GALLERY and click on the albums, which are organized by our time in Oxford and for each day on the hike. CHEERS!!
Our walk began in Chipping Campden (Sept. 4 for Beth, Laura and Janis and Sept. 5 for Marie and Karen). We walked about 8-15 miles per day. Marie and Karen put in an 18 mile day on Sept. 5 to catch us in Winchcombe.
The view from Cooper's Hill between Birdlip and Painswick
This very steep hill was the site of a cheese rolling festival in the 1800s. Young men would dive after a round cheese sent spinning down the incline. Not sure what the prize was, but reportedly many broken bones. We did not chase any cheese down this hill.
A view of Cheltenham from the escarpment
Rain on our third day, on Cleeve Hill enroute to Cheltenham
All Souls College from the Church of St. Mary the Virgin tower (Please go to the photo gallery to see more pictures of Oxford, including Laura, Beth and Janis punting).