By Patricia Lightfoot
Place: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England
Time: August 26, 2015
What was happening: England has its Brexit woes, but its countryside is a great place to walk because of its well-signposted public footpaths, on which the pedestrian’s right of access is protected by law. The photo above was taken on a walk that started off in the Cotswold village of Winchcombe and took us on well-marked paths through rolling countryside, past farms built of the local pale honey-coloured stone and through fields. At a polite distance, we walked past sheep, cows, horses, and numerous Gloucester Old Spot pigs and their piglets. It was like walking through a real-life version of a children’s jigsaw puzzle showing an idyllic English country scene. The walk ended with a ploughman’s lunch at The Corner Cupboard, which is a suitably ancient pub where ramblers, as they are known here, often stop for refreshments. That’s the other great thing about walking in England, there’s always a local pub.
Rambling, which sounds like a gentle activity, has a lively history in England, which includes a historic mass trespass in the nineteen-thirties, contemporary challenges by landowners and energetic campaigns to promote walking as healthy exercise.
Photo credit: Phillip Lightfoot