(via the Slaughters)
Today we are bringing the second chapter of the Cotswolds series, probably our favorite day during our last travel: we walked from Bourton-on-the-water to Stow-on-the-wold, were astonished with the beauty of the picturesque Slaughters and found new “friends” amongst green fields.
If you are also interested in visiting this area with public transport, it’s quite re-assuring to know that google maps is indeed updated with the local buses info. Since we used a variation this official walk to include a visit to the Slaughters towns, we are attaching our map so you can use our route too:
Put on your walking shoes and follow us!
As we mentioned on the first Cotswolds post, we set our home base at Moreton-in-marsh, which has good public transportation connections to travel to other towns of the area.
We knew we were very interested in not only visiting the villages but also making the most of the National Trust walking trails of the area. Lately I’ve been quite stressed out due to the work load, so one thing we were looking forward of this travel was not feeling any pressure at all, just get the most of our surroundings at our own pace. And the Cotswolds delivered a lot! It was the perfect rural experience for us.
The official walk in fact advises to make this route the other way round, due to the uphill level difference near Stow-on-the-Wold, but being the rebels we are (ha!), we started the day at Bourton. It’s a very popular town so being a morning trouper is rewarding photography-wise (aka not so many people in the frame). Also, we had a bakery on our radar with delicious pastries, and what’s better than a mouth-watering breakfast during your trip? Having two, of course!
As a side note, talking about rebels, have you already watched the new Star Wars trailer? Dani is very excited and wants to buy the tickets, do you already have them?
Bourton was indeed a magical place with it’s grand canal. We arrived at around 9:30 and were able to witness how the town wakes up, tourists were still slowly getting here and were able to enjoy it almost alone. Also I am biased because our bellies were super happy thanks to the pastries from Bakery on the Water, an artisan spot that you can’t miss. Best scones ever, best Chelsea buns ever (yumm!)
Walk to Lower Slaughter
Behind the church and walking past an school, the walking road to Lower Slaughter starts. The walk alongside a stream is very easy and refreshing, oh! and I got to talk with a pony (my childhood dream!) and admire gorgeous horses.
Lower & Upper Slaughter
I fell crazy in love with Lower Slaughter, it’s exactly what I was looking for to our visit in the Cotswolds with its amazing 16th century sandstone houses, the Eye river and the 13th century parish church. I would move to any of those houses in the blink of an eye, wouldn’t you?
I dreamt how it would be to have such a different life, in a cottage house and in such a quaint community. Do you live in a small place similar to “Stars Hollows” (Gilmore Girls) with town meetings and all? I’ve always thought I am a city girl (specially for the foodie dates, movie theaters & museum exhibitions) but sometimes I like to think how it would be to be a blogger as main job in a place like this.
We also stumbled upon a group of people riding horses while they were crossing the river to allow them to drink. Such a special moment!
Walk from Lower Slaughter to Stow-on-the-Wold
After our visit to Upper Slaughter, which is less crowded but, to be completely frank, less impressive than it’s lower counterpart, we started the longer part of of our trail heading to Stow-on-the-wold.
Although the hike is not difficult to follow, we got a little mislead by the fact that the trail crosses a field full with cows. We double-checked and finally went for it with enthusiasm. I later learnt that there are national trails in England going through private fields and farms because they were traditionally public roads. So again, does any of our English pals know if that’s accurate?
And we finlly arrived to Stow-on-the-wold, with all the stores already closed but still with a little time to explore before catching the last bus back home (a.k.a Moreton-in-marsh). I specially recommend the 13th century fairytale door at St.Edward’s Church, flanked by trees. Check the last two pictures to see it! I still can’t believe this was real life: goosebumps!
Thanks for getting down here in this quite long post, it was very hard to narrow it down to only these pictures. For the next chapter of the Cotswolds we will share quite a different view, so make sure to stay tuned!
I can’t end this post without mentioning how I would like this post to be a reminder of the beautiful things this world is offering us if we wish to look closer. So many problems around with Portugal & Spain forests burning down due to human maliciousness, terrorist attacks and hurricanes destroying lives. Hope everything looks brighter soon! My heart goes with everyone suffering, I deeply hope this beautiful images can cheer you up for a second.
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Oh I love this post. Such wonderful photography! When I went to Bourton it as absolutely packed. I’ve never seen anything like it so you made the right decision to go early. Also really like the sound of all your walks so that you get to see everything and experience it at your own pace. Can’t wait for the next post :)
Ai, quina enyorança d’Anglaterra! És un lloc molt bonic. Nosaltres també vam passar per Stow però no sabíem això de la porta. Petons!!
This whole post gives me the itch to travel! What gorgeous photos! Ah!
The photos of you guys through the cow paddocks made me smile :) So so magical and yes to that fairy door! What a lovely place :) Although I don’t live in a rural place, I can stick my head outside and see some horses in a paddock and I have to say, I’ve been 100% converted from growing up as a city girl to now a nature girl. I still love the city though, so many good places to eat, fun activities and things to explore. These photos remind me that it’s nice to sometimes slow down and just stroll through nature and wake up early and be peaceful :) beautiful photos, as always!
Qué fotos más maravillosas! Me encantan! Las casas, los puentes, los animales y sobretodo vosotros qué estáis guapos y felices, conformáis un entorno ideal. Me ha fascinado la casa qué ésta en medio de un árbol, por detalle como este es una delicia seguiros en vuestra aventura, un abrazo.
I’m glad you were able to relieve some pressure on this trip! This past summer I visited Cambridge, London, and Paris, all for the first time, and I think I might have enjoyed Cambridge the most because of the pace of life; London and Paris were so exciting but also a little overwhelming, especially since I was only in each city for a few days! // The greenhouse breakfast area is BEAUTIFUL! // haha oh gosh, I spend a lot of my life waiting for people to walk out of frame :P // Beatrix Potter is my childhood!! // Ooh the fairytale door looks magical -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s
I USE to live in kind-of Stars Hollow esque towns! Well, the two towns in question have very rich populations, so I thought the aspect that Stars Hollow was just an “average joe’s” town seemed un realistic! Taxes usually pay for these events! But one town I lived in had a craft festival (my boss called it the crap festival… I have to agree, the vendors were never that good- think Bob’s Burger’s episode XD) My hometown as a kid had the Fireman’s Fair, which was like a condensed county fair, with rides, cotton candy, and the works. Both towns are ALWAYS trying to make the next big popular event, but not everything catches on.
How interesting is to have your personal experience, Jennifer! I think I have American towns too idealized after the movies and tv shows, so it’s nice to have real down-to-earth knowledge of the events, ha! I love te image about the Bob’s burger episode, hahaha! hug!
Lovely post – thinking about doing the same! Did you find that the buses ran regularly from Stow to Moreton? I hear that they can be really unreliable. Were the walking paths easily marked, or did you have to rely a lot on Google maps?
Thanks! I’m sure you’ll absolutely love the hike! We found the timetables very reliable, our recommendations would be to check directly from the bus companies websites, we took lines 801 & 855 from Pulham & then lines 1 & 2 from Johnsons during our Cotswolds stay. About the paths it is quite straightforward to follow, you’ll find a “National Trust” sign at every fence, however there aren’t colors or clear names to recognise which exactly path you are in.
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