Every Picture Tells a Story     October 2017


Oddington to Stowe Walk

Walking, hiking or rambling in the UK is unique because of the comprehensive network of right of ways that allow you to walk through the countryside on quite paths avoiding busy highways and byways. The Cotswolds are the perfect place for to start with a range of walks for short level 1 or 2 miles loops to long distance walks like the Cotswold Way or Shakespeare's Walk. See villages like Nanton, Gutting Power, Adlestrop, Chasleton, the Oddingtons and more from a new perspective.  Leave your car behind and see the real English countryside.

Upper  & Lower Oddington

The two villages are located to the south of the A436 road two miles east of the town of Stow-on-the-Wold.[3]

In 1780 the Oddington estate, at one time the seat of the Chamberlayne family, was left to Elizabeth Ann Wilson by Crayle Crayle. Elizabeth, who was married to Charles Loraine Smith in 1784, sold this inheritance to Sir John Reade who extended the land by purchasing other lots.[4] The 17th-century Oddington House was remodelled by Lady Reade c.1810 to form a large three storey L-shaped house but the East wing was demolished in a later restoration. It is a grade II* listed building, having been added to the register on 25 August 1960.[5]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas was originally a cell of St Peterís Benedictine abbey in Gloucester. It was ceded in 1157 to the Diocese of York and exchanged with the Crown in 1547. The church is built of dressed limestone and has a stone slate roof. Part of the nave is twelfth century and part thirteenth century. The chancel is fifteenth century and the tower at the east end is thirteenth century. The Norman south aisle probably represents the original nave. The church was all but abandoned among its fields in 1852, and has been little altered since. It has medieval wall paintings of the Doom on the north wall of the nave, dating to the early 15th century. They were whitewashed over in the English Reformation and conserved by Eve Baker from 1969. Scenes depicted include the Acts of Mercy and the Seven Deadly Sins. It is a Grade I listed building, having been added to the register on 25 August 1960.[6]


A small market town and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It is situated on top of an 800 ft (244 m) hill, at the convergence of a number of major roads through the Cotswolds, including the Fosse Way (A429). The town was founded as a planned market place by Norman lords to take advantage of trade on the converging roads. Fairs have been held by royal charter since 1330 and an annual horse fair is still held on the edge of the town.

The Cotswolds are a great place to ride your classic motorcycle




Near Stow-on-the-Wold




Curious sheep near Guiting Power, Gloucestershire

A Nissen Hut, reminents of WW!! near Guiting Power

Wild poppies near Naunton

Converted telephone box in Naunton


Naunton's famous Black Horse Inn under a refit.

The River Windrush flows gently through Naunton

No fouling along the Windrush!

Naunton Naunton

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