To take advantage of our newly acquired car, we headed off for a day in the Cotswolds.
Our goal was to do a walk at Guiting Power (picked pretty much at random from a book Fifty Walks in the Cotswolds). But we had a bit of confusion with the roundabouts and intersections on the ring road, and then we stopped in Witney. Here we bought a better road atlas, had brunch in the Huffkins Bakery Cafe, and browsed the Harfords homewares store. (Camilla was quite taken by Witney. Which is ok, so long as she doesn't start voting Tory!)
We eventually got to Guiting Power and started our walk after 2pm. The ten kilometre loop we did goes northeast, then south to Naunton, where we admired an old dovecot and had drinks in the Black Horse, then back west along the Windrush way to Guiting Power, passing an attractive little church.
Walking through wheat fields on the last leg, we disturbed birds which scuttled away as we got too close. Eventually the entire flock of birds flew off. For some reason we thought they might have been corn crakes, but that's clearly not right and I think they may just have been chickens. [Looking at the book, definitely pheasants.]
We came home via Chipping Norton and Woodstock, where we had dinner in the Star Inn (£8 for a roast and £9 for a crab and prawn linguine, which were both excellent).