Hidcote

Gloucestershire

15th May 2015                                                                            All photos by Hetty

Hidcote Bartrim, Hidcote Boyce, Mickleton and Hidcote Manor Gardens

We parked at Hidcote Manor, did a walk called Mickleton and the Hidcotes, then visited the lovely Hidcote Manor Gardens (National Trust)

Click here for map of walk  4.75 miles,  3 hours 15mins

Hidcote Bartrim

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An old well and village pond

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Featherdown Farm

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Horse chestnut flowers

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Hidcote Boyce

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Wisteria

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Great views from the edge of the escarpmentS1057430 copy

Downhill to Mickleton                                                                           Sleepy sheep – what do they count??????

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St Lawrence’s Church, Mickleton, originated in 12th century and has a 14th century tower.

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The sundial showed 12noon, but it was 1pm – you can’t put sundials on an hour

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Late 12th century nave. One of the capitals has Eleanor of Aquitaine – Henry II’s queen (This part of the church was built during their reign)

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St Lawrence

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Font – pedestal 15th century and octagonal bowl of c.1661, and 15th century parish chest

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We saw a bit of Mickleton

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Laburnum

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Then walked back to the churchS1057462 copy

As we walked back uphill we could see Meon Hill (on right) – there is a hill fort and ramparts to discover on another day

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As we have just come back from Malta, we are really aware of the trees and green of England

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Avenues at Hidcote Gardens

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Hidcote barn and chapel

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Hidcote Manor covered in clematisS1057478 copy

There were lots of tulips

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and all sorts of flowers

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Peonies and bleeding hearts – pink,

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Inside a summerhouse

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Mr H sits in a summer house.                                                        One sculpture is made of stone, the other is painted

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