A very comfortable nights sleep at the Bantom Tea Rooms, which has now taken number one spot, in the B & B’s chart.
Breakfast wasn’t until 0830 and then we got talking to a couple about to start a 10 day walk south, trying out the ladies new hips, so it was 0945 before we set off.
Another sunny day and warmer than yesterday. We followed the Heart of England Way all day.
We passed the site of ‘The Battle of Mickleton Tunnel’, in short 3,000 men fighting in a tunnel; and ‘The Belgium Soldier’, the site of a World War I hospital used by Belgian soldiers, with a memorial to one who died there carved into a tree.
Just after the village of Mickleton, we passed from Gloucestershire into Warwickshire, county number six. The main differences are the Cotswold stone houses are replaced by Tudor houses and more importantly the footpaths are less well signed and maintained.
We walked through numerous fields of broad beans, which we had also spotted over the last few days. After a little research, (in case anyone is interested), we discovered Gloucestershire is one of the four areas in the UK where they are widely (or broadly) grown. If appears they are also grown in Warwickshire.
We also passed the disused airfield of Long Marston, used by the RAF as a training base in the Second World War. Now a very large building site for 3500 new homes.
Our afternoon walk takes us into more populated areas and finally to our campsite just outside Alcester, a bargain at £10.00 for the night.