Autumn is one of my favourite times to go out and about in the Cotswolds. When the children are back at school and most of the tourists have gone home, the villages and parks are reasonably quiet. It is a pleasure then to stroll around them and enjoy the peace and quiet and natural beauty.
I live in a Spa town which was founded on the health giving properties of the natural spring water so water is a common feature around here. Indeed just off the old Roman Road to Cirencester is an area called Seven Springs.
One of the most unusual Springs is where the water gushes out of a stone crocodile head. I love the fact that a respected cotswold stone builder from the nearby village of Hazleton built this feature in the 19th Century. Presumably some local landowner paid for it. The spring water has been gushing out of the crocodile’s mouth ever since. Some days, like yesterday, after lots of heavy rain, it is a truly spectacular sight.
Many Cotswold villages have delightful streams or rivers running through them and none is more beautiful than Bourton on the Water. This delightful town is a favourite of mine when the sun is setting and the only activity is the ducks settling down for the night.