If my trip to Oxford last Thursday brought me in touch with my Alice in Wonderland fantasy, then today's journey took me to "The Lord of the Rings." We ended our day in the village of Stow on the Wold where J. R. R. Tolkien lived for awhile. This door on the side of St. Edwards Church (of England) was his inspiration for entry to the "underworld." The church has parts dating to the 12th century and these yew trees are more than 1,000 years old.
We started our day with a hike from Naunton, another small but well maintained rural community.
Then we passed a medieval "dovecote" dating from the 15th century.
Our hike today took us across more pastures
Our first real villages were Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter, two interestingly named villages that have been inhabited for more than 1,000 years.
It was a fairly short walk from Upper to the much larger Lower,
After lunch we continued our walk along a stream.
Stow is also a very interesting city with some medieval buildings still standing