Amy Walks: Winchcombe Circular
The U.K. had sun on the bank holiday weekend. Actual sun! For us Brits, it’s an absolute dream any time this happens. So of course, this meant that the entire country was out in full force. People were slapping on sun cream left, right and centre, wearing as little as possible to tan as many pale limbs as possible and those who could, spent the entire time outside. It was bliss. Because we wanted to make the most of this unexpected weather too, my family and I trooped over to Winchcombe and Belas Knap.
When Dave and I first bought our house, we had Pepper to stay and went for a lovely, albeit slightly wet, walk using the National Trail’s Winchcombe and Belas Knap circular route. Afterwards, my Mum mentioned she’d like to do it and so, we did.
Starting near Sudeley Castle, we rambled across the countryside and up the hill. Basking in the sunshine – and to allow us to catch our breath, of course! – we admired the views below.
We chatted whilst we walked and made it to the Neolithic burial chamber, Belas Knap, in good time.
After exploring the historical site and having fellow walkers point out a Greater Horseshoe Bat in a nearby tree, we spread a picnic blanket in the field next door.
There’s nothing more British than a picnic in the sunshine. We’d shared the food duties per couple and brought a selection of meats, cheeses, bread, salad, crisps and snack bits. It was delish!
After stuffing ourselves silly – and because we could have stayed there all day if we hadn’t moved soon – we gathered up our things. We then carried on down the hill and continued the Winchcombe walk.
The entire trail certainly looked beautiful!
In true Brit style, the end of the walk was met with a cider in the beer garden at The Plaisterer’s Arms in Winchcombe. Our cool drinks were much needed and so, it was such a wonderful ending to a lush walk!
If only every weekend between April and October could be as sunny and warm as this one was. Even so, it was great to have made the most of it whilst we could!