|Yew trees in Painswick Church yard.|
The Butcher's Arms is a rural 17th century pub reached by very narrow lanes, so says the Good Pub guide, our bible for picking pubs. The Sunday lunch was delicious! We chose the pork belly, which came with fresh carrots, broccoli, sage stuffing, roasted potatoes, and crackling. Andrew had a real ale, Proper Job and I enjoyed a Pimms cup. This is the only meal we have on Sunday, it is so filling. They use a lot of local fresh ingredients. We weren't going to do dessert, but the server really talked up the ice cream from a local dairy. Three enormous scoops of ginger and honey icecream came in a little glass bowl. It was just outstanding. Long, longwalk tomorrow.
On the way home, stopped at Crickley Hill Country Park, an old iron age. fort for a walk to start working off that delicious ice cream.
Crickley Hill Country Park lies just a few miles beyond Leckhampton on the Cotswold scarp. It offers wonderful views over the
Gloucester Vale as well as 143 acres of grassland and beech woods with a number of trails.
With over 200 species of
34 species of butterfly, and a wide range of other invertebrates,
Crickley Hill is an excellent area for the study of wildlife and
ecology. It is the home of a rare species of the Wall butterfly found
mostly on the cliffs in the coastal areas of Britain.
|View from Crickley Hill|
It is also an important geological as well as archaelogical site with its own Iron Age hillfort. Visitor’s centre is open daily from April to end of Sept. The country park is jointly owned and managed by the National Trust and Gloucestershire County Council.