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The Cotswold way , England

The Cotswold Way(national trail,100 miles,163 km) runs along the western edge of the Cotswold Hills from the beautiful old ‘wool' town of Chipping Campden to the historic city of Bath. Between the two it follows a meandering course along the western rim of the escarpment where the land drops suddenly to reveal distant views, through beech woodland, along the banks of mill-streams, across upland sheep pastures and dips into sheltered valleys concealing picturesque villages built from mellow, honey-coloured stone.

Along the way it explores one glorious village after another - each with some memorable feature like the grotesque gargoyles of Winchcombe's church; the neat rose-covered cottages at Stanton; Stanway's thatched cricket pavilion and enormous tithe barn; the elegant Pittville Pump Room at Cheltenham or Painswick's churchyard, with its topiary yews and unusual tea caddy and table tombs.

The Cotswold Way is also a walk through England's history passing numerous prehistoric barrows and hillforts, Roman villas, Civil War battle sites, castles and abbeys as well as the grand manor houses and magnificent churches built when England's wealth was founded on Cotswold wool.

All photographs were taken with the Fujifilm XE1 and the Panasonic LX100, on or near the Cotswold way.
Broadway Tower Painswick
Chipping Campden
Painswick North Nibley
The Dog inn,Old Sodbury Chipping campden Painswick
Chipping campden Bath
Chipping campden Painswick Broadway
Chipping campden
Chipping camden Winchcombe Bath
Chipping campden
Painswick Chipping campden
Bath Broadway
Painswick Painswick
Bath Winchcombe
North Nibley Broadway
English breakfast The Crown inn,Tolldown
Winchcombe Winchcombe Birdlip
Bath Stanton
Chipping camden Stanton
Chipping campden
Chipping campden Winchcombe