The Sunday after my cheese on toast post, and still feeling a tad guilty about being a bit of a pig, I took Little Sal and Jasp to Dovers Hill, Gloucestershire.
Not much striding out was done, hence the follow up chariot walk a few days later 😉
Dovers Hill is almost on the border between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, and oddly some of the nearby towns have Worcestershire post codes, even though they are in Gloucestershire.
The hill has glorious views over the Vale of Evesham, and like almost every viewpoint in this area, The Malverns in the distance dominate the skyline, the hill left of centre is Bredon Hill where my header photo was taken.
I knew Dovers Hill was the location for the Cotswold “Olympick Games” the information is on the National Trust notice board on the car park, which also tells of how they were abandoned in 1852 due to hooliganism.
What I didn’t know was the type of violence that was involved. 😮
On doing some research to find which county the hill stood in, I found this website Dovers Hill. The link is worth reading as it has some interesting information about the games.
Leaving the car park, the walk is all level along a ridge which is ideal for J’s legs.
Very inquisitive sheep graze the whole area, and seeing the dogs and me all started to wander over, much to J excitement.
It was on a walk here with Harry and Sal, that I first became aware of Sal’s fear of sheep. Walking past a tiny lamb, it suddenly bleated for it’s mum, Sal, cowering, ran over to me almost tripping me up as she tried to hide between my legs. She is a bit braver now, though still not 100% happy around them 😆
We continued along the ridge to the point where it starts to drop away, stopping to admire the view, well, J did, little Sal was more interested in grazing.
Looking over the valley, the dark clouds were moving across, and a rainbow was starting to form. I wonder if there really is a pot of gold over there somewhere. There was a hoard of roman coins found on nearby Bredon Hill.
We just made it back to my motor before the heavens opened.
The route to Dovers Hill passes through Bidford on Avon and Honeybourne, so on the way home I decided to stop and take a photo for comparison to a photo I posted on my Pic a Colour blog.
Looking over the river to the town of Bidford, the rainbow had appeared again, cheering up what had been quite a dull sky.