LEJOG Day 20 – Bourton on the Water to Chipping Campden 16.55 miles Cumulative 377.64

A cloudy start to the day, with a cold wind, but the sun came out as the morning progressed and it warmed up nicely.

There are multiple long distance footpaths running concurrently as we leave Bourton on the Water, but we follow the Heart of England Way to Chipping Campden. The walk followed rolling hills, through farmland and country estates. Again, we pass through one picture postcard village after another.

A field of cows at the start of the day caused a little concern, as the path ran through the middle of a field with over 100 cows spread across the path, fortunately dairy cows so they leave us alone.

We pass many manor houses, the most notable being Sezincote House, which looked like it should feature in a costume drama. It turns out to be an exclusive wedding venue hosting only nine weddings a year.

We pass near another arboretum, this one with a garden centre and cafe. Very tempting so we decided to pop in, not realising how long the entrance drive would be, once committed it was too late to turn back. A ten minute walk off the route wouldn’t normally be too bad if it wasn’t uphill carrying a large backpack, still very nice tea and cake. About 200 metres after rejoining the path we spot the shortcut to the cafe!

The Garden centre roof was being renewed with a wavy timber roof. Ray, Lynn’s Dad will appreciate the photo.

A few more rolling hills and we arrive at our accommodation for the night, The Bantham Tearooms, B & B, no camping in the area. Our earliest finish 2pm, so feet up time.

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