Friday, July 29, 2011

Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter

'The Venice of the Cotswolds'

Staying at a B&B in Cirencester, it wasn't very far to drive to Bourton-on-the-Water and the Slaughters (Upper and Lower). The hostess at our B&B pronounced Bourton-on-the-Water in the prettiest, lilting manner. I'll never forget it. I'm sure I once saw her in a Miss Marple movie!

Another postcard-perfect Cotswold village

Bourton-on-the-Water, like all the Cotswold villages, glows with the beauty of golden limestone buildings. The river Windrush flows through the village and can be crossed by beautiful limestone bridges. (Even newly-contructed buildings are made with the same type of limestone and will soon look like they've been there for years.) Even in March, the village was busy, but nothing compared to the crowds we would have encountered later in the spring or summer.

ducks on the river

Just beyond the bridge was a little bakery.
I think I'll always prefer a Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut bar to any pastry.

Mrs. Mallard

It was near Bourton-on-the-Water where we missed our second sign post (the one that would have kept us on the public footpath) and ended up in a pasture that was not part of the walk.

Just up the road at Lower Slaughter

 The mill at Lower Slaughter
(the name referring to a slough, or wet land, not violence)

My summer home in Lower Slaughter
Just beyond that gate are the German Shepherds.


Have a great weekend, everyone!



Joyce said...

Been here loads of times. Whaaa!

Unknown said...

I thought you might be my summer neighbor!! LOL

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

I must, must, must go to this village one day! The name of the river alone would draw me, but your photos are really to blame!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

It is so beatiful! Especially in the Spring!
Thanks so much for sharing. It makes all those English books I have read come alive!

Under Her Wings said...

My daughter Charity spent a summer missions trip traveling the canals in a boat and witnessing as they stopped in various places. I'll have to show her these beautiful pictures. I'm sure they will bring back happy memories. Love your pics of England!

Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi there,
What a beautiful posting!!!! Love all the great photos. England is a place I hope to visit one day. xoxo Kim

Caution/Lisa said...

Isn't that the perfect English village ??

Unknown said...

Ah Serenity NOW! That looks so peaceful, and I could really pack my bags and go for some peaceful somewhere......sigh.....Thanks for my moment of tranquility. Now when does school start??????? ;-)

Rachel said...

I think I want to live there. It looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

Hope you have a great weekend!


jennyfreckles said...

It's a very, very pretty part of England - must go again. I haven't visited since I was a child.

Candace said...

Such beautiful photos! I enjoyed my trip with you this morning. Have a fantastic weekend!

Robin said...

Once again, beautiful pictures. I love the Cotswolds, have stayed in Bourton-on-the-Water it's so peaceful there. Thanks for sharing.

Tiffanee said...

I love it when you take me on vacation with you. Loved this visual trip this morning. So beautiful and serene.

J_on_tour said...

Nice post of two great places.You have captured these locations really well and in particular number 4 as it's not a viewpoint that you would expect here.
It brings back memories of my trips from Bristol and my pre digital camera days. I don't remember visiting in high summer but the bridges were always busy but you cleared the paths and bridges quite well for the photos ;-) Stayed over for a night on one occasion at the Alderley guest house ... nice.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I love when you do these posts because it's like my own little mini vacation. I'm hoping to get across the pond next spring to visit my Mum. These inspire me more to go!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Mama Hen said...

I love the Mr. Mallard picture! All the pictures are fabulous and always make me want to hop on a plane and take a trip! This looks absolutely lovely! Have a wonderful day!

Mama Hen


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