Monday, 3 February 2014

A winter's walk in the Slad Valley

In that place of steep meadows
the stacked sheaves are roasting,
and the sun-torn tulips
and tinders of scented ashes

But here I have lost
the dialect of your hills,
my tongue has gone blind
far from their limestone roots.

extract from THE WILD TREES by Laurie Lee

Today was spent exploring the footpaths and lanes of the gorgeous Slad Valley with colleagues in preparation of a summer of Laurie Lee centenary celebrations. We walked up and over Swift's Hill (above) a limestone grassland covered in no less than fourteen different species of orchid each spring/summer. 

Past magnificent beech trees that looked like elephants feet.

Through hamlets of beautiful Cotswold stone houses hidden in folds of the green valley and past the orchards that inspired Cider with Rosie

We were greeted by clumps of snowdrops along the route...

...And by fence posts painted with different badger scenes!

Of course every long walk should be rewarded, with lunch at the legendary Woolpack Inn. 


  1. Cotswold is beautiful :)

  2. I could live in one of those houses so peaceful looking....having read Cider with Rosie what a wonderful thought! A good walk thanks for the photos.

  3. What a lovely way to spend the day - this part of the world is just beautiful.

  4. Emma - I did the walk with the kids over half term. It is fantastic - well done! I still owe you a glass of wine from cricket in the summer.

    I stumbled across your blog when I was searching for more info on the fence posts painted with badgers. Libby, Magnus and Freddie loved it.

    Hope you are well.



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