The day started with our best English breakfast to date in our hotel - not that we ate it all - but quite a bit.
Our 0900hhrs departure had us driving to Stanton, a nearby picturesque village. It certainly lived up to it's reputation and having driven the long Main Street, we moved next to Stow on the Wold, a larger more regional shopping town. Attractive as a Cotwold village but one step behind Stanton. It was necessary to seek directions to Sudeley Castle in Stow which we were given by a group of helpful ladies.
We set off for Winchcombe and following a very real, small lane driving experience, reached the Castle by 1045hrs - sometime had been lost finding the castle. We toured the castle before changing our plans to visit Blenheim Palace which was scheduled for Wednesday.
We continued our drive to view Lower Slaughter and Bourton on the Water. Both were appealing , however, we thought Boughton which was crowded was the the jewel. The stream passing through the centre of the town was the highlight.
The next leg to Woodstock was 58 miles and took us just over an hour arriving at 1430 hrs. The tour of the castle included a sound and light show of the origins of the castle and a history of the Duke's of Marlborough, the Churchill's and the Spencer's . We then wandered the extensive Gardens before viewing the rooms within the castle.
As we had a distance to travel to get to Bath, we departed at 1630hrs for the 86 mile, 1 and a half hour trip. Despite one navigation mistake and the heavy traffic, we made it to Box, the area we are staying at. We arrived just after 1800hr and were settled far easier into accommodation than any other to date. Our hostess recommended a gastro pub and after a quick settling in, we walked the mile to the Northy. The service was friendly and our meals of lamb, tagliatelle, tempura prawns and pork belly san choy bow were excellent. Our return walk to our B&B was up hill and we were only an hour late for our 2100hrw curfew.