Walk to Woodchester

On our preparation day this last week, we went for a walk on a bike path we discovered. After a while we saw some steps going up the hill from the path, so we climbed those to a public footpath that crossed pastured hills. Soon we came to a little village. We asked a lady that was walking her dog where we were and she said, “Woodchester” and then she took us to the “must-see” place. There in the middle of an old churchyard was an ancient Roman Villa, dating from 400 AD. A huge 47 feet square mosaic, the largest in Europe north of the Alps, was there! How often do you go for a walk and come across something like that! The interesting thing was that it is buried under dirt. The story goes that in the 1960’s it was unearthed and thousands of people overran the little village, so they covered it back up–perhaps also to preserve it. A replica of it is displayed in a museum somewhere. The plaque shows a copy of it. Pretty fascinating! A fun Roman adventure and lovely spring walk to Woodchester!

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Bike path marking close to our flat.

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On the public footpath through the pastures.

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Rodborough Hill across the valley.

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A little brooklet.

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Home up the hill in the distance

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Dandelion field

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Roman Villa plaque. ‘Love my shadow?

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Awesome mosaic

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Place where the mosaic is buried.

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Remnants of the old parish church–window and door.

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Parish church graveyard, with the last of the primrose blooms.

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Peaceful, restful, sacred place.

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One of the many homes we passed with lovely English gardens.

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Sweet angel in the newer parish church and graveyard, built in south Woodchester, where we ate our lunch.

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Headed home on the bike path, a less circuitous route! Cheerio!

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