JOGLE Day 18 – Knockdown to Baunton20.6 miles. Cumulative 340.63 miles.

We spent the night on the border of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, so this morning we entered county number five.

Another day with sunshine and high cloud.

The Macmillan Way took us through the Westonbirt National Arboretum, home to 15,000 trees, which we imagine will look amazing in the next couple of weeks as the trees start to blossom.

After the arboretum we leave the Macmillan Way and join the Monarchs Way, which was used by King Charles II to escape following his defeat by Cromwell.

Next we passed a back entrance to the Highgrove House estate, home to one of Steve’s acquaintances, we would have popped in for tea and a chat, but he was out. We carried on along his forebears’ escape route.

The Monarchs Way, which is very well signed, for escaping monarchs, takes us through Tetbury, and massive crop fields.

We pass near Cotswold Airport, formerly RAF Kemble, which was the training base for the Red Arrows until 1983. It is now a storage and scrap facility for airliners, we could see several, including a British Airways jumbo jet.

Just before we arrive in Cheltenham, we walk along a stretch of the disused Severn and Thames canal, which used to link the two rivers.

We also pass the impressive Royal Agricultural University, Steve rather likes the sound of Forestry and Land Management, so he can learn to chop logs.

We spend a leisurely afternoon in Cirencester before making our way to Mayfield Park campsite. An immaculate site, and the best welcome of the trip so far from Lynn, Carl, Nanna and Tinkerbell. Lynn really looked after us and it was lovely to sit and chat with her over a mug of tea. A campsite we would not hesitate to recommend. Thank you Lynn.

We both hope you all had a Happy Easter.

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