The Cotswold Way
110 Miles from Chipping Campden to Bath:
Day 6 Wotton-Under-Edge to Cold Ashton (22 miles)
We walked out of Wotton-Under-Edge before any shops were open on a quiet, cloudy morning.
We had opted for only cold breakfast and coffee at The Swan Hotel in the hopes that it would get us out the door earlier.
(Also, in my experience, it’s easier to hit it hard in the morning if you haven’t just finished eating a full English breakfast!)
Kandace had a day pack that Taido had brought over to her, so we were both traveling light.
The trail out of Wotton-Under-Edge was very sweet.
Loads of fields and so many sheep.
Even after six days, we were not tired of seeing sheep.
Nor was I tired of wooded pathways lined with flowering wild garlic.
Honestly, The Cotswold Way stayed beautiful for just about every mile we walked.
Which was good, because we walked A LOT of miles, and on this day especially.
We reached Old Sodbury sometime after noon and stopped for lunch. We had made great time, fitting in 14 miles before lunch.
We found The Dog Inn in Old Sodbury a great place to stop for lunch as we were dog tired.
We both ate quite a bit after our smaller breakfast, and then we drank a pot of tea to help with the afternoon push.
More green hills. More lambs.
And even a few horses, which Kandace stopped to make friends with.
There are not many photos of this day, and even less of the next, because we were walking so fast.
We took very few breaks, and somehow we made it to Cold Ashton by 5pm where Taido was waiting for us with drinks and snacks.
22 miles from Wotton-Under-Edge to Cold Ashton.
I was super proud. And super tired, of course.
Taido drove us back to Bristol where we had a lovely evening and I had SUCH a glorious sleep in my own bed.
I guess some days on the trail are just about seeing how far you can go and this was one of those.
I am constantly questioning my ability to do these long walks (even though I am always planning one), so I love to set a challenge that feels completely out of my range and then surprise myself by being up for it.
The next day we only had 10 miles left of The Cotswold Way. Easy peasy.