October 4 – Bourton-on-the-Water

Lower Swell, Temple Guiting, Kineton and Turkdean

Hello from 1066 – Medieval Mosaic

We decided to go back to Bourton-on-the-Water as I didn’t see any of it the other day except the laundrette and the post office. We got a free park in town and walked down to the post office again. Then we thought we would have a tour of the town by doing a series of six geocaches. The first one was by a power box on the intersection of a really busy pathway leading from a big carpark into town. It was really hard to find a gap in the muggles to be able to look for the cache. We hung around searching for the muggle-free moments but never managed to locate the cache and in the end, we had to give up. The next cache was near the church but unfortunately, the church was not open which was surprising considering all the people walking past. An Asian couple with a young son walked past us and the son was very nervous about the dog. He had obviously never touched a dog before. We showed him how gentle Beth was and his mum and dad both stroked the dog, then finally the boy was brave enough to touch her too. We walked around the corner and came to the Windrush river again which meanders all through the Cotswolds and right through the centre of this picturesque village. We followed the river back picking up two more caches on the way.

Next, we headed to Little Swell where Beth and I found the cache while Mike was in the church. This was a very recent cache having only been placed about three months and was no. 11027. The church had some lovely stained glass windows and exceptionally clear wall paintings all done by Clayton and Bell (1883-1884). It also had some impressive Victorian encaustic tiles and a painted organ. The altar frontal and the floral tapestry kneelers were fantastic.

We drove over to Temple Guiting picking up a cache on the road on the way. The church there had an amazing white plaster of Paris George II coat of arms above the door. It also had an unusual clock dated 1870 which is where I had to get the numbers from for doing the multi-cache. It had a lovely embroidered screen and a late 15th-century stained glass window depicting Mary Magdelene, James the Lesser and the Virgin Mary. The churches are all decorated with harvest festival decorations at present and some have collections of food too.

In the hamlet of Kineton we walked down to the stream and found two caches at Fords. There is a series of geocaches at Fords and this one was called Ford Transit. Some of these caches we haven’t done as they require us to get wet.

Our last call of the day was All Saints Church at Turkdean. It had a very unusual painted screen of oak painted white, 1949, by Peter Falconer, decorated with flowers and butterflies.

A lovely day out on a cloudy but fine day.