I absolutely love the Cotswolds – it’s one of my favourite places in the world. I can never get enough and the more I come here, the more I fall in love with this part of the country.
Last weekend I was down with Seb in the Cotswolds for a wedding. The wedding was in Long Compton but we stayed in the beautiful town of Moreton-in-Marsh not very far from Long Compton.
This quaint little town in Gloucestershire has all the characteristics of a Cotswolds town – charming independent shops, beautiful countryside and ofcourse, that yellow stone the buildings here are made off. Perfect!
We stayed at the Redesdale Arms which is a historic inn dating back to around 1650. As expected, it is constructed of that mellow Cotswold stone ( that I absolutely adore) with a heavily oak beamed interior – you feel like you have travelled back in time. I would highly recommend the hotel if you are in the area and looking for a place to stay.
Weddings can be quite hectic but we found ourselves with a few hours to spare on the morning of the wedding. The wedding wasn’t due to start till about 3 pm so we decided to make the most of the extra time on our hands and after some breakfast headed out to explore the countryside.
We didn’t have to walk far to find it. Less than a minute from the hotel, and we were right in the heart of Cotswolds farmland complete with hay bails.
Lots of sheep!
Thankfully I picked up a map at the hotel and found an easy walking route for Seb and I to try.
It was a glorious day and the flowers were in full bloom.
We had such a nice time walking through the farms. I have never seen wheat growing in a field before, so I was over the moon when I found a farm full of wheat!
I felt like a school kid on a field trip! Having lived in cities most of my life, everything about the countryside felt so exciting.
We walked through farms, closing the gate behind us as we passed through them. We didn’t want those sheep to escape after all! 😉
I got really excited when I found dandelion! I sound like such a city boy don’t I?
Seb did the only thing you can expect him to do – he blew the petals away and made a wish!
It was quite nice not using Google Maps to tell you where we were. Not that we could anyways – I had no signal.
I consulted the map again and found a shortcut back to the village walking through some stunning woods.
How beautiful does this look walking trail look?
And before we knew it, we were back in the village.
Definitely morning well spent. My only regret? I clearly didn’t wear the right shoes!
Top Tip – Avoid suede coloured boat shoes if you plan to go on a long walk in the country. Trust me on this one, I speak from experience.
It was a perfect morning. The 2 hours or so walking through the fields just reminded me why I love the Cotswolds so much. I cannot wait to come back.
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