If you read my last post, you’ll see that my boyfriend took me out for a day in Herefordshire for my birthday. And what better way to spend the second part of my birthday weekend? A summer picnic and yet another Murder Mystery Treasure Trail in the Cotswolds with some of my closest friends.
Jodie and I had actually done half of the trail back in the spring, but bad weather had caused us to finish early. Which turned out just as well, as I’d somehow managed to put my camera on to the incorrect settings and the photographs came out in terrible quality! Nikki, Jodie and I had also loved our visit to Lower Slaughter last year and therefore, it was the perfect area to spend the afternoon.
Dave and I met the rest of the group in Naunton and we started – restarted, in mine and Jodie’s case! – the booklet. Leaving The Black Horse Inn, we followed the directions towards the village centre, trying to locate answers to clues along the way.
Naunton certainly has to be my favourite Cotswolds village so far. So much so that I desparately want to live there! It’s full of beautiful buildings, friendly inhabitants and has a gentle stream babbling through the centre. There were also loads of summer flowers in bloom and butterflies floating by, making it utterly serene.
Like most Cotswolds villages, Naunton was top to toe in Cotswold Stone. The sandy bricks glowed and the sweet cottages looked like they’d come straight out of a storybook.
Being the food lover that I am, a picnic was a must! We all brought bits along and laid them out on the blanket, it was quite a spread! All of it was delicious too!
Once the food had been eaten and the clues for Naunton came to a close, we jumped back in the car and drove the short distance to our next stop: Upper Slaughter.
Upper Slaughter was, again, like something out of a tale. Completely the opposite of it’s sinsiter sounding name!
Starting at the church, we made our way through the winding village and down to the River Eye. Like with all places we visit, a ‘group photo’ spot had to be found. The area by the river was just that! After we had some snaps, we continued to hunt all the puzzles, admiring the local area as we went.
After finding all the answers for Upper Slaughter, we went on to our final destination.
Lower Slaughter was as beautiful as I had remembered it being. This village is unbelievably picturesque and has a wonderful buzz about it. The Slaughter name derives from ‘Slough’ or ‘Slothre’ which is basically old English for wet land or muddy place and you can see where it comes from! Trout swam lazily through the gentle current and Mallards floated on the top of the water, searching for someone who may have a tasty treat.
Following the booklet steps, we strolled through the churchyard and across to the Old Mill. The history seeps through the cracks in the walls like butter through a crumpet. The Mill looked in great condition, especially considering it dates back to the 14th century – and possibly even earlier!
We carried on our stroll around the quaint streets, before finally getting stuck on a clue. It turned out, we’d wrongly answered an earlier one! But we managed to correct ourselves and had the ‘congratulations’ message when we submitted the final suspect and murder weapon!
Yet again, I had such a fun afternoon with my best pals, exploring some gorgeous places!
All in all, my birthday weekend was pretty damn epic!