Friday 7 July 2023

Cricklade to Kelston

After a good night's sleep we left our pub/hotel by carrying our bikes and kit down the outside spiral staircase fire escape. No, we had already paid, but I think that the pub doesn't open until noon and they want everyone out by then.

Right on the doorstep was this beautiful church, called the St Sampson's which dates from 983.

We then cycled through the Cotswolds Water Park on a disused railway path, but unfortunately didn't see any water. Off roading we cycled down narrow tracks before following a tiny track through the middle of a cornfield. It was teeth rattling going, but good fun. 

Our next destination was Tetbury for coffee and breakfast, and a quick look at the lovely buildings. 

After that we cycled to one of my highlights of the trip - the Fosse Way. I don't know why I was so excited about it, but I was looking forward to imagining all of the Roman centurions that would have marched where I electric biked. 

The Fosse Way was a Roman road built during the first and second centuries AD and linked Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) and Lincoln (Lindum Colonia). We followed a short section from just south of Tetbury (sorry no ancient name) to Bath (Aquae Sulis). 

It is nothing like the A46 near Leicester, but was single track road and sometimes gravel path with lots of tall trees. 

Also, very straight and undulating. 

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