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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Shipton Oliffe & Withington Circular

I like cows.  And horses.  The problem is that my dog doesn't.  In fact, she wants to eat any animal she sees, and makes it very clear.  Even if the animal is ten times her size, and is in a herd with 25 other large animals.  The result is that my walks around the Cotswolds are getting longer and longer.

That's because I am continuously following some footpath only to discover that it crosses a field full of cows or horses.  Although serious trouble with them is rare, aggressive dogs often provoke their defenses, and can have a very bad result.  So, when this happens, I am forced to turn around and find an alternate route.  This can easily add an extra kilometer sometimes.

This walk, which should have been about 9km, was 12km.  I suppose its for the best.

We started in the little known village of Shipton Oliffe, famous for having nothing in it at all apart from a few houses and two very beautiful Norman churches, and takes in the quintessential Cotswold village of Withington.  Quite a lot of the route follows the River Coln.  Trout, anyone?


















In case anyone would like to try this walk, here is the link to my ViewRanger upload:  http://my.viewranger.com/track/details/MzIxNTAyNg==


7 comments:

Nigel Mackay said...

Cool. I must be being stupid. Have you mapped your route?

Kevin Nicholas said...

Hi Nigel,

Yes, I did map it. Do you want me to post the walk?

Cheers,

Kevin

Nigel Mackay said...

Hi Kevin,
Yes please, apparently there are very few marked routes between those two villages. Was the 9km possible without the naughty dog?
Thanks a lot, the pictures are good, looks like a good walk.
Thanks a lot.
Nigel

Nigel Mackay said...

Hi Kevin,
Yes please, apparently there are very few marked routes between those two villages. Was the 9km possible without the naughty dog?
Thanks a lot, the pictures are good, looks like a good walk.
Thanks a lot.
Nigel

Nigel Mackay said...

Hi Kevin,
Yes please, apparently there are very few marked routes between those two villages. Was the 9km possible without the naughty dog?
Thanks a lot, the pictures are good, looks like a good walk.
Thanks a lot.
Nigel

Kevin Nicholas said...

Ok- just uploaded the ViewRanger recording at the end of the blog. To be fair, although I did follow public footpaths/rights of way throughout, most of it was quite hard to find, as they clearly hadn't been used in ages. So, I'd recommend using the ViewRanger app during the walk to find the paths! Probably would have been faster without the dog, as twice I had to turn back and take a longer route because of cows/horses in fields.

Nigel Mackay said...

Great, thanks. I shall try the map app :)