Geocaches - 2
Walk Inspiration - Trail Magazine Route
Pub - Royal Oak, Andoversford, Otter Bitter
Would you believe it? A bank holiday Monday and the weather is beyond gorgeous. Having burnt my neck on yesterday's geocaching trip in Warwickshire, I am forced to wear protection in the Cotswolds.
|Flaps Down in the Cotswolds|
I head west, making steady progress through very boggy horse fields to make a climb of Kilkenny Hill. Sounds more Irish than Gloucester, but fine views are available of the county capital.
|Marching up Kilkenny|
|Gloucester in the really far distance|
This walk provides a circuit of the Coln Valley. The walk is evenly split - when you've had enough of the amazing views, you drop into Withington Woods for some bluebell infused shade. You cannot help but smile when you're sharing the route with squirrels, deer herds, the odd rabbit and unidentified birds of prey circling overhead. Out for four hours and I see a grand total of two walkers and three horse riders.
|Oh... and Sheep of course|
|Bluebell Woods of Withington|
Time the walk correctly and you could have a two pub walk. Withington Village is handsome, containing some fine buildings - including an impressive church and one of the most idyllic pubs I've stumbled upon. I can see this being a base for a future walk.
|The Mill Inn, Withington|
Out of Withington and a climb from the beautiful Coln valley floor.
|Coln Valley Floor|
Water reserves expire a mile from Andoversford, which means I burst into the bar of the Royal Oak in a fashion not observed since Alex Guinness in Ice Cold in Alex. The Oak has not been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for at least a couple of years but it looks like they used to have a good relationship.
|North Cotswolds CAMRA POTY - 2016|
|Classic Cotswold Boozer|
In another pub, lunch would have been a fish finger sandwich but here, it was Cod Goujons, with a choice of ciabatta or brioche bun. I might of been out of my depth with the cuisine but I know my way around the bar. An Otter Bitter could only be improved on a day like this with a water chaser.
|Two Drinks Mappiman|