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Above image shows a herd of Red Deer at Batsford.

Benefiting from dry and sunny weather, we continued our exploration of the Cotswolds as follows:

  • Departed our Moreton-in Marsh base and drove to nearby Chastleton, a quaint village with historic 17th century mansion and historic church. It was very pleasant here in the early morning sunshine, with peaceful countryside, Spring flowers and locals out exercising dogs and horses.

Here is an image of Chastleton House which has remained unchanged since the the 17th century,

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  • Next to the prehistoric stone circle at Rollright, which is about 5000 years old.

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  • Next, through the village of Long Compton and the semi-private estate of Weston Park to Cherington and Sutton under Brailes. We stopped at the latter to photograph a thatched house.

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  •  Next, along a narrow country lane to Traitor’s Ford where we stopped for photographs.

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  • Next, through Sibford with its Quaker School to Swalcliffe which is home to a Roman archaeological site.
  • Next, through Brailes to the historic market town of Shipston-0n-Stour where we stopped for refreshments and photographs.

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  • Next, through Little Wolford and Barton-on-the- Heath to Batsford Arboretum, one of the country’s largest private tree collections.

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  • Our final visit of the day was to the popular and photogenic town of Bourton-on-the-Water, where the River Windrush flows through the centre of the community and provides a popular tourist attraction. Guests also visited the famous Model Village.

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This evening, we dined at the Red Lion Inn, Little Compton, which proved a good choice.

Tomorrow, we plan to visit Hidcote Gardens.

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