For a few years now we’ve coupled a really easily accessible, family friendly and scenic Cotswold walk with a visit to one of or county’s best pitstops and it occurred to me today that all over the county Mums have these little rituals. If we all shared our favourite Cotswold weekend afternoons, our secret nooks and crannies and itineraries for great family days out we should never be bored again! So I’m going to kick start this in the hope that other Mamans will get in touch and let us in on their secrets.
So this magical mystery tour is mostly outdoors and perfect for all seasons. It starts in the car with the first instruction being to park up as close as possible to St Nicholas Church in Lower Oddington. When you’ve parked be sure to take a snap of you and the fam against the beautiful Cotswold stone wall and tag it #offthecotswoldstonewall on social media so we can add it to the gallery!
Where the lane ends a footpath begins – off you go, there is a gentle slope, your whole route on this magical mystery tour is paved though sometimes a little rough going so you’ll be fine with an all terrain buggy – there are no styles or gates and you should be mud free. At the top of a hill there is a gate to the right (which opens out onto a stunning view), the footpath continues ahead, but to the LEFT is a paved lane….. this is the direction you need to head off in.
Continue for about a mile. You may come across some puddles if it’s been wet so jumping and splashing in wellies is obligatory. You’ll cross over some bridges, you’ll see some cows (maybe even a bull – from a distance) and you might see a train or two. The lane meanders for about a mile without any major climbs.
Eventually your destination will be revealed…. you’ll come across some farm buildings and a Cotswold stone farmhouse and the you’ll realised that you’ve landed in Cotswold foodie heaven. Daylesford Organic Farmshop; a little bit poncy I would agree but not a bad place to while away an hour drooling over the scented candles, flowers and homewares, supping on an Early Grey tea in a tea bag made of rare silk milled in the caves of deepest Bergamot. You can sample cheeses in the special cheese room and find a spot in the sunshine to watch the hoorays stocking up on canapés for that evening’s pre dinner drinks.
Seriously it’s a nice spot. And anyway whatever you buy you’ve got to carry back along the same path home so you can’t spend too much (well that’s a lie – remember to pack your self restraint in your knapsack.) When you’re all done mooching about and the kids have had a good run around and fondled a rare vegetable or two you can poodle back on the lane and sap up some more glorious countryside.
If you’re still winning by the time you get back to the car and the walk hasn’t finished your small people off there are some amazing watering holes around to quench your thirst. Try the Fox at Oddington, The Bell at Stow or The Kings Head at Bledington.
If you happen to give this a try do post your pics to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have a secret favourite way to spend an hour or two in the Cotswolds send it over…. we’ll publish and share.
Enjoy Mamans! CMHQ x