Following Anthony’s itinerary we leave Gloucester and head directly into the Cotswolds heading for The Butcher’s Arms pub via Painswick.
The 2.5 mile drive from Painswick to Sheepscombe was the most hair raising drive of our trip for Sandy. See the video below, but thank you Anthony, it was all worth the terror once we reached The Butcher’s Arms.
We arrived at 11:30, ½ hour prior to lunch service. We had drinks and listened to the bar tender interact with the regulars as they arrived, an absolutely priceless experience. There was one regular sitting at the bar when we arrived, we heard another patron tell him that he had been sitting on that bar stool every time she had been here for the past seven years. Lunch was spot on delicious, especially Sandy’s Shepherd’s pie.
After lunch we braved the narrow road again heading for our next intermediate destination of the day which was the home of David Hemery in Marlborough, Wiltshire at Fyfield Hill. David is a two time Olympic medaler in hurdling at the Munich and Mexico City Olympics. We first met him at the home of our neighbor in Boston, Peggy Scott. Anthony Howick who planned our itinerary for this tour of England is married to David’s sister Judith who we met while in London.
We had tea and home made fruit cookies with David. We missed seeing his wife V as she was driving home from Scotland. After a very pleasant time with David we headed to our final destination of the day, Bath, where we have booked a very unique stay in a toll keepers house on The Cleveland Bridge. Wow, this trip just gets better and better. How can you beat this accommodation.
We settle in and take an evening walk exploring beautiful Bath. We are only booked one night here but after our evening stroll we are so taken in by the town that we book another toll keepers house on the far corner of the bridge for the next night.
What a great day we had, not a lot of driving, spectacular scenery, wonderful lunch, visiting with friends and such a pleasant evening wandering Bath. Really looking forward to more exploration tomorrow.