Monday, 23 January 2017

January 23rd 2017: Moreton-in-Marsh: Day 3

Monty the Motorhome is thawing out at Moreton-in-Marsh campsite. Note the subtle change in the name of where we are - I got it wrong before.

Yes the temperature is rising, but not much. It still feels chilly and everyone is togged up in their winter woolies.

Today was walk day. Looking at the OS map we saw a circular route that took in two long distance footpaths - the Monarchs Way and the Heart of England Way. We started off from Moreton village and headed towards Batsford Arboretum, quickly becoming aware it was going to be a bit muddy in places. By the time we got to the Arboretum we had quite a bit of mud on boots and trousers, so very quickly snuck in to their shop/cafe to use the loos, then scurried off not daring to venture into the cafe.

Passing the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill we continued through a small country estate where the main building was called ‘India House’ - a mogul palace set in a romantic landscape of streams and waterfalls.

The place is open to the public, but only on Thursday and Friday each week.

Our final few miles involved crossing a recently cultivated field, where very quickly a thick layer of mud, several inches thick, became glued to the bottom of our boots. It made walking very difficult and laboured. Final distance - just under 10 miles.

Difficult to see how thick the mud on the bottom of our boots was as it is blending in with the soil below, but I assure you it was several inches thick
Back at the campsite it was clean up, change of clothing, then back into Moreton to an Italian restaurant (Ask - part of a chain) for lasagne, tiramisu, olive oil and pistachio cake and coffees. Oh and their home made lemonade was very nice too.

Tonight will be reading, playing cards, and maybe a film. Tough life.

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