Day 6: Castle Combe and the Old Coach Road


Today was a gorgeous 12 km walk starting at the unbelievably picturesque village of Castle Combe (where the movie ‘War Horse’ was filmed). The walk took us up and down many river valleys and forests full of giant beech, ash and oak trees. We traversed fields full of sheep and cows, and I marvelled at the green and lush vegetation: wild garlic, ferns, stinging nettle, bluebells and other wildflowers, and ivy. The song birds are incredible here, and it’s the first time I’ve ever wanted to know what birds were making what call. I collected a lot of feathers.

The weather was sunny and warm until clouds rolled in at the end of our walk making for dramatic skies. We drove home avoiding the big city of Bath (because we drove through it this morning. Intense!). On route back to the hotel we drove through a beautiful town called Wellow. Note to self: come back and visit Wellow! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve excitedly exclaimed, peering out the car window, “this is SO pretty!!” It’s becoming the running joke. But seriously, it’s so damn pretty here!

We arrived back ‘home’ at the Old Malt House (circa. 1835) tired and very hungry. Evenings are spent in the lounge chatting with other guests and catching up on my blog and pictures. My dad has been visiting this hotel for 12 years and he knows the owners well. Fine folks indeed. Tomorrow we will see where the wind blows us…

(I face timed my kids and dog before their school day began and this was a great way to finish a beautiful day!!! I really love it here!).

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