I hope you’ve had a lovely bank holiday Monday. We went hunting for fairies, like you do!
We moved to Chipping Campden in the North Cotswolds seven years ago and we are still exploring the area. The Cotswold Way actually starts from here, although we’ve yet to take up that challenge! Today we went to Dovers Hill which is an area looked after by the National Trust. From the top, which is close to where you park and set off from, is the most beautiful view. You can see for miles, with expansive views across the vale of Evesham and beyond. Dover’s Hill was the site of the original English Olympick Games, which began 400 years ago in 1612. The tradition continues with the annual Cotswold Olimpicks, which takes place at the end of May and is an event you have to see to believe. Seriously, its worth a visit for the shin kicking competition, enter at your own risk!
So today we decided to explore this area further and walked down the hill to a large woodland. I remember as a child going on a bluebell trail and thought it would be lovely to take our boys on something similar. So we set off and told our eldest, Monroe (nearly 5) all about the fairies that live in the wood and how they hide under bluebells and live in the trees! I was rather enjoying the magical picture I was painting, but Monroe, who is very much in to superheroes and ninjas, was not so excited about finding the fairies. Lorne being only 14 weeks happily slept the whole time in his Solly wrap and my Mr, kept a running commentary on his various aches and pains. So all in all, not an enchanting exploration, just an ordinary family bank holiday day out!
The bluebells were totally gorgeous though and the scent and sight was so beautiful. I stopped to take some pictures and tried to ignore Monroe repeatedly proclaiming ‘this is taking ages’.
We didn’t see any fairies, but we’ll be back every year to see the carpet of bluebells in the beautiful woods.