Putting the Wolds in ‘Cotswolds’

Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

They sit around their spa­cious homes, brochures on their knee Dis­cussing where to hol­i­day, the coun­try or the sea? They meet in their hot spot eater­ies winder­ing where to go, Seek­ing the hottest tourist spot where the River Win­drush flows.

It’s sad that they only seek the weath­ered yel­low stone Paint­work must be Far­row and Ball and they must use their mo­bile phone, But they miss what ‘Cotswolds’ is all about, the glory of the views, The sun ris­ing over meadow and hill and the glis­ten­ing morn­ing dews.

Take a trip to Puz­zle­wood and see the an­cient woods

The Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­ers’ imag­i­na­tion would all come good, There are gul­leys, twisted tree roots, and mossy cov­ered rocks Folk­lore is created here, giv­ing you a shock.

‘midst Here­ford and Glouces­ter Shires May Hill you will find, Well known from a dis­tance for its tuft of trees of pine, Planted to com­mem­o­rate Queen Vic­to­ria’s Ju­bilee A sound­scape of wild mu­sic, ‘tis there the wind blows free.

Snows Farm’s a re­serve of tra­di­tional Cotswold grass Near to the vil­lage of Slad where Lau­rie Lee came to pass, En­joy the bu­colic scenery which he de­scribed with care Wan­der on by Dil­lay Brook, in­hale the fresh clean air.

Now spend time in Lower Woods where there’s many a wood­land beat Pad­dle in the Lit­tle Avon to cool your aching feet, There are or­chids there and helle­bore as it’s been man­aged many years A goshawk has been spot­ted and the nightin­gales bring tears.

The tourist trails have their place but the wilder­ness is past mea­sure The ‘Wolds’ in ‘Cotswolds’ is a place to find the real trea­sure, Its green connection fires the brain but can do much more than that By reach­ing back our men­tal state to where our an­ces­tors sat.

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