Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Day 4 - Tue 22 Sept 2015 (Birdlip to Randwick 14 miles)

After a nice stay at The Royal George, Birdlip village, we set off at 0840 and spent most of a wet foggy morning going up and down through Witcombe Wood then Buckholt Wood which provided some protection from the weather. We then hit the bottom of Coopers Hill, famous for the cheese rolling. The walk then kindly took us to the top! and through Popes Wood and Painswick golf course before we had a lunch stop at The Falcon in Painswick. We were soon joined by Eileen and Tom, an American couple from Seattle who had, up till today, shared the same Cotswold Way Walk itinerary as us and had stayed at the same accommodation. We continued on our way after Dave had found a church navigation point soon reaching a milestone stating 'Bath 55' on one side and 'Chipping Campden 47' on the other side. When Phil was told about this milestone the previous night his reply was 'so how far in is that?'
The weather improved as we finished the leg at Court Farm B&B Randwick where the owners welcomed us in and said that we were their very last customers as they were closing and moving after more then 30 years. We saw a stunning rainbow over Stroud as we made our way to The Carpenters Arms for dinner and rehydration. Half of our 8 days now complete and no serious injuries.

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