Geocaches - 3
Walk Inspiration - Pub Walks in the Cotswolds
Pub - Uley Bitter at The Old Crown, Uley
At the start of the day, little did I expect to be accused of thieving the roof tiles from a bus shelter.
To be fair, it's no ordinary shelter. Passengers at Uley get to wait in a lovely Cotswold stone clad building, better than some folk's houses. They've had vans turn up in the night and strip the tiles away. So when a man is up on the internal bench, using a torch to look into the nooks and crannies, suspicions are aroused.
How to explain Geocaching to the Neighborhood Watch? Still, I wasn't going to let it go. This is a previous DNF for me.
We escape from the village with our dignity intact and Dixon of Uley Green placated enough to not call the rozzers. Up hill out the village, menaced by grumpy cows.
|Its Ok Mrs Mappiman, We've lost the Cows|
The Rose and Crown is as fine looking as I remember it, although securely locked up at 11am.
|Chez Mappiman - Sept 2006|
|Cache GZ - Nympsfield Church|
With my torch.
|Someone's not interested in exploring|
|As there are Spiders. Lots of Spiders.|
Having got Neolithic exploration out of my system, we head to Uley Bury Hill fort, via the Cotswold Way. Shady woodland walking is most welcome.
|Downham Hill, from Uley Bury|
Classic Village - 19th Century Church and 17th Century Pub, vying for dominance.
|The Old Crown - Doing a roaring trade|
Six real ales are on. That's quite a choice. Its also one of the few places that sells the beer from the Uley Brewery, 1/2 a mile up the road. In the interests of science, I decide to try the Uley Bitter - shunning the slightly stronger Uley Old Spot.
A decent enough choice that I enquire to see if I can export it back to Worcestershire. The barman confirms they don't sell it in bottles.
|Uley Bitter - lack of receptacles suitable for export|