Monday, September 12, 2016

Louisville to London - Day 1

Monday, September 12, 2016
I'm saying goodbye to "the colonel" and heading to England for a two-week hiking trip through the Cotswolds and Cornwall.

This time I am teaming up with a delightful friend, Sydney from California,
as we embark on a Road Scholar tour. The trip is rated "challenging," the highest category, but I'm sure we will be up for it since we are members of "the sole sisters" in Southern California.
Here is a map of the areas we will explore with some key places highlighted with red circles.
We will spend our first week in the Cotswolds, which is in south central England, about 90 miles from London. We will be mostly in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire Counties. Our home will be at a quaint country inn known as The Three Way Inn in Mickelton. From there we will take day hikes throughout the area. The Cotswolds are known for their rolling hills and grasslands, somewhat reminiscent of Kentucky. But most tourists travel there to see the thatched roof cottages built of local yellow limestone that have endured for more than 300 years.  The area was once the center of the wool trade in the 17th and 18th centuries, but the industrial revolution put an end to that. Then they didn't have the money to modernized so you now have this wonderful slice of unspoiled English history to enjoy today. 
The area is also known for its gardens, so I expect we will tour several of them.
The second week we travel to Cornwall, which is the county on England's rugged southwestern tip. Nicknamed the Lizard Peninsula, it is known for its wild coastline, beautiful beaches and spectacular cliffs. I'm sure the hiking there will be scenic but I am already bracing for the Atlantic Ocean winds.  Here we will be staying at the Lanteglos Country House Hotel in Camelford (north Cornwall) for the week and exploring as much of the area as we can. This part of England is more Celtic than British, so that's adds another interesting feature.
The plan is to meet Sydney tomorrow morning around 9 am at Heathrow to begin our big adventure. We're off!

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