Day 28 Wednesday 28 August Tormarton to North Nibley

Miles walked: today 16 cumulative 421.2

On leaving Tormarton I saw silly numberplate of the day

Maybe the driver’s love of Spanish red wine led to the damage to the rear bumper?

The day started with a walk across Doddington Park. The sweeping parkland was impressive and there were occasional views through trees to the house. From reading some old newspaper articles, I learnt that it was bought by James Dyson in 2005 (when it cost a cool £20 million) and he lived here until at least 2016.

The path continued to Old Sodbury, one of several typical Cotswold villages that I walked through today. The church in Old Sodbury dates back to late Norman times.

Within the church are two effigies of knights dating from the late 13th century, one wooden and the other stone

The walk continues through Old Sodbury hill fort, dating from the late Bronze Age. It’s ramparts are more or less intact. There is an impressive volume of land in the fort, now used for grazing

There is another old church in Little Sodbury, the church dates from the 19th century but was built with stone from the older Tyndall chapel and there is a memorial plaque to WilliamTyndale in the churchyard.

According to the William Tyndall web site, he was a polyglot who was the first to translate and print the New Testament in English. He held views considered heretical by both the Catholic Church and Henry VIII and was burned at the stake in 1536.

The walk continued with views towards Horton Court. It was humid and hazy. I could see the Bristol Channel and Severn bridges from high ground. I stopped in the Fox Inn in Hawkesbury Upton and was seduced by curry and beer for lunch. Bad move. It was delicious but made walking difficult, sleep on a sofa would have been preferable!

I passed the Somerset monument, Lord Somerset was a general at Waterloo

I am not sure why it is built here. There are steps up to the balcony but it is in poor repair and closed to the public.

It began to rain. The Cotswold Way sticks to the escarpment meaning it meanders it’s way through Gloucestershire. Various Lejoggers have commented on this, suggesting that it was designed by Committee or that it measured 80 miles in length so they had to put in some detours to get it to be over 100. My own view is they walked it during a pub crawl so the drunker they were the more it zig-zags from side to side. In any case, the route to Wooton-Under-Edge takes a long loop to the East. In view of the inclement weather, I didn’t think it worth the extra distance so I got my wet weather kit on (which meant despite it being breathable, I got wet with sweat rather than rain) and set off down the road.

At Wooton, I rejoined the Way and climbed Nibley Knoll, better than walking down a B road. At the top there is an impressive monument to Tyndall, where you can climb to a balcony. I didn’t. Instead I headed off downhill to my B and B in North Nibley

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