UPPER AND LOWER SLAUGHTER
Today we had a leisurely morning breakfast before heading out to Lower Slaughter, a local village in the Costwolds. It has been getting a lot colder now – 3’C today.
This village is only 10 minutes from our farmhouse stay so for once not a big drive. It has been interesting travelling in the winter – there are no crowds and we have the place pretty much to ourselves. However it gets dark about 4pm. Anyway we parked at Lower Slaughter. We heard that there was a great walk to another village called Upper Slaughter (the slaughter is an adaption of an old word meaning marsh). The starting village had no shops but just lots of pretty houses set on a meandering stream. We loved the old mill surrounded by ducks.
The walk was muddy and went through fields, lanes, woodlands and along streams. We arrived at Upper Slaughter, another picturesque village and then continued on to Bourton on the Water.
BOURTON ON THE WATER
We passed magnificent houses along our way. This was more of a tourist village, much bigger and a lot more shops set around a picturesque courtyard with a stream running through. It reminded us of Montville back at home on the Sunshine Coast. We preferred the quieter villages but this was still an experience, improved by the piping hot fresh chips.
The rain came down, a sprinkle in Australian terms. Then shortly after the sun broke through. We headed back to Lower Slaughter. A memorable walk through breathtaking countryside. Every second step was a photogenic moment.