Now where is the fun in that? Any normal human being would have started to explore the Cotswalds or their local area on a small walk maybe 5-6 miles. Not me no sirree, lets go on the wettest Sunday of July and march 16 miles through the Oxfordshire countryside. Why not, after all I have new boots (first mistake) no waterproof trousers (second mistake). I assembled at 10:40 in Chipping Norton with my fellow walkers for the day to walk the Glyme Valley Way which rambles along the river Glyme through Old Chalford, Lidstone, Church Enstone, Kiddington, Glympton, Wootton to the final destination of Woodstock. Despite being slightly ill equipped, ill prepared for the distance and dripping wet as I limped into the the Black Prince Pub 16 miles later.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable walk. The route was easy to follow, the terrain was in the main, pretty flat with the odd small climb.  Tricky in places due to the amount of rain fall.  I literally skated across the first bridge, but luckily managed to retain an upright position until I reached the bank. The bleakness of the day did not mar the beautiful rolling hills of hay and the colour of the cornflowers and poppies were still vibrant. One of the highlights was Kiddington Hall

Kiddington Hall roughly half way
Kiddington Hall roughly half way

This of course is not a photo taken by the GoPro as the weather was so dismal it was impossible to extract it from my bag. So thanks to westwoodcontracts.com for capturing the moment that I could not. Thanks also to the Black Prince in Woodstock who allowed us to enter into their warm pub to dry out from the walk.  I think I would have cried had we been turned away, my trousers were sticking to my legs and my feet were squelching. There is nothing worse than going to the toilet and pulling on soaking wet trousers…yuk ! I have since the completion of the walk been unable to walk anywhere with any speed.  Getting up the hill in Chippy takes me double the time and today is the first time my butt feels part of my body and I can sit down without wincing. Perhaps next time I will engage in a slightly easier length of activity. Perhaps but not likely – after all I don’t always learn from my mistakes! Thanks of course to all my co-walkers (Robert, Evelyn, Vanessa, Kate, Jane, Helen, Warren and Keith) from the Oxon Weekend Walkers who were all lovely people and I hope I come across again – only when the sun is shining. If you are interested in the Glyme Valley Way walk there is full details available from BBC Oxford and Oxfordshire County Council’s countryside service website. I would recommend setting off earlier and stopping for lunch in Church Enstone to give you feet a rest. Glyme Valley Way Walk