Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Chedworth Dec 5

Finally we are almost well again, and able to venture out for a little amble round one of the quaintest villages we know. Chedworth is a tumbling fairytale village - albeit with a profusion of tangled telegraph wires and poles which lurch drunkenly over the winding lanes.
Meandering through clusters of delightful cottages -
- and passing a stout old church -
here it is, looking back, nestling solidly above its flock.
The walk itself is nothing extraordinary - but then, we are spoilt and have many other pretties in our menagerie of rambles. There is a long climb up and out of the village -
and at the winter scenery is desolate.
Even the woods are a bit scrubby and dull, though we did find a tiny troll village. No-one at home today.
Our route led us on for about 2 miles, past Chedworth Roman villa and to the outskirts of Yanworth, one of our favourite scenic walks. If one was up to it - which we weren't, being out of condition - one could extend the route to encompass it, adding an extra 3 miles to a four mile circuit. But I was huffing and puffing after an hour, and glad to get to the last lap - where Andy and his mother waited.
Across winter greens towards a bleakly overcast sky.
And back to comfy Chedworth, via a side route. Fires are already smoking.
Down into the valley and back up through tiny streets, dolls house cottages and neat country gardens.
The church seen distantly from another road.
And past a gushing natural spring
Back to our start point, just as the rain started and home to tea and cake. Our neglected walking legs felt rather wobbly, but it was so good to be out, even in the melancholy winter.


  1. Delightful Gretters, good to have you back on song!

  2. Oh it's so good to hear your voice again! Have missed your outlook on life. Glad you are on the mend. Andy's mum looks like a cake topper with no legs just a cocktail stick!

  3. Every time I read your posts I KNOW I must leave the city. I'm a wannabe country girl :)

  4. Thank you for sharing your lovely walks. I am determined before another year passes I will see some of your beautiful countryside.

  5. Well, PG, it is wonderful to know that your health and time have allowed you this grand walk through countryside that I can only dream of.

    The colors of the landscape are so different as December begins. I guess that they will alter again as winter eventually officially arrives. How many hours will your shortest day actually be?

    We've got so many additional seasonal electric lights on in NYC now that it sort of blunts/obscures what nature is trying to tell us.


  6. I am so glad..happy..that you are feeling so much better. I love your strolls and walks. They make me happy and grant me peace. When I am rolled up in bed at night, especially now with the 14 degree weather, I love to relive the beauty of your walks and the gentleness of your days.
    Blessings to you and Andy.

  7. Greedy me has missed your lovely posts and amazing photographs. I'm glad that you're feeling up to sharing the countryside with us. I hadn't realized how long it had been since I'd read about bike rides and rain and nibbling on plums with bees etc.

  8. Great you're back :) That village looks like a wonderful place! :)

  9. So very glad that you are well again and sharing your lovely walks with us.
    Do take care.

  10. I was delighted, when I clicked on your blog link, to see you back again!

  11. I just thought I'd pop over to see if you might be out and about and was delighted to stroll along on your walk around Chedworth...what a wonderful village, so inspiring (I love to draw such quaint homes!) Am so glad you are feeling better!
    Thanks so much for sharing...your photos are so beautiful!

  12. Oh to have the "nothing extraordinary" views that you have. Glad to see you back.

  13. So glad to hear you're feeling better. Your pictures are amazing...you definitely have a photographers eye.

  14. It is good to know that you are on the road to recovery. What pretty cottages, what enviable cottages!

  15. Gretel..once again you brought me right along with you. I want to meet these people who live in these fabulous cottages. Are they for real or just storybook characters?? Where do they work? My heart is aching to get there ;-) Thanks for the wonderful walkabout.
    your friend,


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