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flanneruk Mar 10th, 2016 10:56 PM

"even in the Cotswolds, if you leave the "Quintessentials", not even far, one is again alone."

Even at lunchtime on the fairest Easter bank holiday, even starting just 150 yards of central Burford or Bibury, we rarely meet more than one or two other people in a four hour walk.

The nonsense about the crowded Cotswolds is a delusion peddled by people too lazy and incurious to venture even a yard away from the charabancs they were trucked in on.

The paths are (almost) used only by those who live here. And since the area's charm - ultimately - stems from its staggeringly low population density, I have those paths virtually as an exclusive domain for me and my dogs

MmePerdu Mar 10th, 2016 11:09 PM

It certainly doesn't have to take "6 or 7 hours". It looks fine and you can stop where you like for as long as you like, needn't linger for hours. Many people love Warwick Castle. I don't and, if it's a nice walk you're looking for, there are thousands of great ones, literally everywhere. But if that one appeals to you, it'll take as long as you want it to.

If you find it taking longer than you want, or decide to spend your time visiting places along the way, you can always cut the walking short by taking a quicker route. I do it all the time. Just have a better map with you than the little one in the description, like the Streetmap version or buy the "suggested map" if you like maps.

janisj Mar 11th, 2016 09:31 AM

>>It certainly doesn't have to take "6 or 7 hours".<<

Of course the <u>walk</u> doesn't take 6 or 7 hours. It will take 2 hours at a reasonable speed. But it does not include visiting Warwick Castle or anything IN the town. So thinking one would travel all the way from London to walk 2 hours and miss everything else doesn't seem reasonable. If one is planning this as a day trip -- then 6 or 7 hours 'on the ground' is about right.

And IF one <i>isn't</i> interested in exploring Warwick/the Castle and is going only for this walk . . . there are hundreds of other/better 2 hour walks a lot nearer to London than Warwick.

MmePerdu Mar 11th, 2016 10:26 AM

My point was to consider, as you plan for a walk, whether walking in a beautiful place is your priority, or is walking in Warwick in particular, or in a place where you can stop in to visit something, important to you. Deciding on an emphasis, and how long you'd like to spend doing it, will make all the difference in your choice of place.

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