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==