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Bledington, Kingham & Adlestrop. 30th June 2012

10 ten walk around the Cotswolds

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Our first walking trip into the Cotswolds countryside, and it did not disappoint. The weather was great with just a slight wind and the temperature, into the twenties made for a good ten mile walk. We visited some lovely old villages with mainly flat terrain and the Cotswolds Rail line running straight through the middle. We visited the villages Bledington, Kingham & Adlestrop and the estate of Daylesford house. Bledington (street map) was the first little village we visited, the place has plenty of parking spaces and we didn't have to pay. The village is about 4 miles from Stow on the Wold and you can walk around it in ten minutes, the population in 2001 was about 503. A small stream runs through the village and feeds into the River Evenlode which in turns feeds into the River Thames much farther downstream. Also inside the village is the Kings Head inn this was awarded the Dining pub of the year 2001. A small distance down the B4450 you arrive at Kingham Station then the the village of Kingham itself. You should notice the perpendicular Gothic tower of Saint Andrews church as you enter from the south, this dates from the 15th Century with the remainder of the church rebuilt in the 18th Century,the rest of the village has some great old Cotswolds cottages and is well worth a look around.
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A small way around the village we picked up the path that runs parallel to the rail line and headed north towards Daylesford and along the diamond way this is a long 66 mile diamond path that was opened 40 years ago. Along our route you pass Daylesford house I think its a Stud farm and is a large estate with a shop and very busy however we never went in, perhaps next time. The best village was saved till last with the name Adlestrop, it was this village that the poet Edward Thomas penned his 1917 poet titled "Adlestrop" it describes a stop he made in the village whilst travelling from Oxford, the railway station closed in 1966 but there is a small bus shelter that has a bench from the station with a plaque inscribed with the poem itself. After this we had a few miles of very boggy fields to contend with and it made for hard going, we were glad to again reach the village of Bledington, a great walk and I'm sure there will be many more over the coming months to the surrounding area. Please take a look at the small amount of photos we took, also links to the maps and GPS data if you need it, please feel free to copy the route.

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