My two friends and I traveled to the the village of Stow-on-the-Wold for a night. And on the second day we embarked on a walk to Bourton-on-the-Water. The YHA hostel was warm and pleasant, and the staff were very friendly. Our room had a window that led out to the roof.
From there, we managed to catch a cold but pretty sunrise.
It started out as a bright day, sun illuminating the honey limestone houses of the village.
We headed along the road towards the village of Maugersbury.
We passed some sheep and horses along the way.
We headed down this road from Maugersbury, which turned out to be a mistake, and we ended up doubling back.
A thick mist was rolling in by then, and we couldn’t see very far.
We passed an abandoned farm filled with disused equipment
And began the climb up Maugersbury hill.
Eventually descending to the quiet village of Icomb, with its 12th Century church.
After leaving Icomb, we began to pass through a series of marshy meadows.
And crossed some bridges.
Finally coming to the village of the bridges, Bourton-on-the-Water
From there, we went to a delightfully pretty tea room called the Smith’s of Bourton. Every table setting was different and very princess-like. We didn’t feel very princess-like though, with mud all over our boots and frost in our hair. But the cakes and scones were lovely. After that, we headed back to the station and took the train back to the comforts of London.
Now that I think about it, it was a rather crazy thing to do, to head to the Cotswolds for a trek in winter. But it was still an interesting experience trekking through the ice and snow and mist, and one not devoid of pretty moments. The walk we took was car-free and can be found here.