Another five Cotswolds villages in a day
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Some of you might know I ran a walk earlier in the year called "Five Cotswolds in a day" from Stow in the Wold. However, there seems to be a plethora of Cotswolds stone habitation from Stow so I'm going to run another walk from the town. This time, in addition to Stow we see Broadwell, Donnington, Longborough and Upper Swell.
We also pass Donnington Brewery en-route, I don't think it has a pub attached but I think it has a shop if anyone wanted to buy some...
Of course Stow has many pubs and so does Longborough so we wouldn't be in short supply...
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