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The English Cotswolds, a range of scenic hills with picturesque towns, are designated an AONB: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are lucky to live not far from there. From a web article Literary Cotswolds:


"The Cotswolds town and area surrounding Moreton-in-Marsh inspired the fantasy world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, who was a regular visitor. Moreton is thought to be Bree in Lord of the Rings and The Bell Inn in the heart of the town is the inspiration for The Prancing Pony. The Four Shire Stone (Three Farthing Stone), The Rollright Stones (Barrow Downs) and Broadway Tower (Amon Hen) are all only a few miles from Moreton.


As a devoted fan of both Tolkien and beautiful scenery, I was excited to visit this slice of England. On Robin's "Intro to the Cotswolds" tour with Jim and Eileen last weekend, we did see the Rollright Stones and the towns of Broadway, Chipping Campden and Chipping Norton.


It is indeed captivating scenery. We even ran into some people dressed up to celebrate the Fall Equinox at the Rollright Stones, which date from 4000 BC! (We guessed to call the costumed people "Druids" - there does seem to be such a self-described group in the Cotswolds.)


Despite the mystique of this ancient site, I thought the area around Stonehenge, about a hundred miles south and which I visited many years ago, was more evocative of Tolkien's Barrow Downs. But on our next Cotswold trip, we'll be sure to stop in Moreton-in-Marsh.


Meanwhile, the town of Chipping Norton boasts the Blue Boar Pub, where we got a reservation for Sunday Roast Dinner. Think roasted meat, potatoes, misc. vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding (popover), and lots of gravy. This is a ubiquitous English tradition and suffice it to say, we will be back to the Blue Boar.


Finally, for you poetry lovers: "T.S. Eliot was a regular visitor to Chipping Campden, and often went walking in the Cotswold hills with his friend Emily Hale. His...wonderful children’s poem, The Country Walk, highlights his fear of cows whilst on one of his Cotswold rambles!"




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Guest
Oct 02, 2023

Love your photos and descriptions of sites, historical figures, and the links which you provided Kim. This all entices me to return to visit the UK and see and experience some of the things I missed. Best thoughts,

Mark

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john.allen58
Oct 01, 2023

We were there last weekend and also love the area with all the places you mention. We have dined at The Blue Boar a couple of times, which we thoroughly enjoyed!

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Susan Messinger
Susan Messinger
Oct 01, 2023

OH my gosh - Im speechless...Its like you are living in a world of imagination...thank you for these stories about your adventures. I want to go to the Blue Boar someday!

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Guest
Oct 01, 2023

Hi Kim,

learning so much from your blogs and truly enjoying the sites of UK. After this resent story I am going to see if I can find the movie The Dig. Fascinating stuff! Thank you.

Love, Brenda

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Oct 01, 2023
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Come visit Brenda! So glad you’re following online. Meanwhile, you‘ll love that movie. —Kim

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