Today’s statistics: 14.85 miles, ascent 1856′, descent 1988′.
Ray and Naomi, our hosts at Woodland House B&B, prepared a delicious, bountiful breakfast for us. After this tasty meal, they pulled out a map and showed us a quicker route back to the Way.
Our trail once again began with a rather rigorous climb that ended by popping out onto one of the fairways of the Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club. The golf club, logically, is located on the top of Stinchcombe Hill and our path took us on a route around the entire golf course. Looking across a fairway we could see the four Americans we had met in Painswick.
The morning was a bit misty with a solid cloud cover, but the views from Stinchcombe Hill were not disappointing.
Descending from the hill, we walked through cultivated fields while approaching the hamlet of Nibley Green.
Sporadically, the locals along the trail have set out food and drink for the hikers; a resident offered some to us. The instructions assume that the travelers are honest; hence the merchandise and payment are in what is called an “honesty box”.
Upon reaching North Nibley, we had hoped to stop in at the Black Horse Inn for a coffee, but they were not yet open when we arrived. Continuing, and just down the street from the inn, we commenced a steep ascent to Nibley Knoll via an ancient, sunken track, that was formed due to centuries of use. Arriving on the Knoll, the towering, 111′ Tyndale Monument dominated the area. The monument was erected in 1866 to honor William Tyndale, the first person to translate the Bible into English.
And of course, we couldn’t resist walking up the 121 steps to the top to check out the view!
We arrived in Wotten-Under-Edge (Saxon name meaning “the farm in the wood”) just in time for lunch. We stopped in at the busy Wotton Coffee Shop where we had a friendly welcome. The local patrons encouraged us to come on in and have a seat, at the same time moving aside to make room for us! I had my favorite English sandwich,
Leaving town to find our B&B, I spied another old red post box. As I mentioned
The tranquil path leading out of Wotton-Under-Edge passed vegetable gardens, a nesting wood-hen
Soon we were descending on another sunken track when a bird suddenly flew out of the foliage next to us. Upon inspection we discovered that she had been protecting a nest that contained 4 little, green eggs. We quickly walked on so as to not disturb her environment any further.
The track led us to Wortley, a charming little neighborhood of stone cottages. We crossed fields of beans to Nind Road and finally arrived at Mole Hill B&B where we were greeted with a welcome message.
Two of us stayed in the house
As we were sitting on the porch, we had a strange feeling that we were being watched. Turning around, we saw the culprits.
Our stay with Anna and Ben at Mole Hill B&B was delightful. Anna and her sister-in-law prepared a delicious dinner for us and then encouraged us to sit with them, their dogs and children to chat. What a fun place to stay!