I found the last 1.5 miles in Bath very hard going. I was tired and the route went up very steep alleyways and side streets only to drop down again. There were no great views after the uphills so perhaps the route planners were just having a bit of fun.
Two of us set off from Chipping Camden on Sunday April 19th. to walk the Cotswold Way to Bath. Having looked at the route on the internet we realised that there were not many sites for camping along the way so the days would be reasonably long.
Day 1 Chipping Camden to Hales Fruit Farm 16.5 miles.
Basic facilities at the campsite. They did rustle up a meal for us even though the café had just shut when we got there. Woke up to ice covered tent.
Day 2. Hales to Northern Star College at 21 miles. Stayed in a pod in order to let tents dry.
Day 3.Northern Star College to Standish Wood 19.5 miles.
Wild camped for the first time in 50 years. Good spot, out of the howling wind. Camped at 19.45 and away at 07.00.
Day 4. Standish Wood to North Nibley 14 miles.
No campsite or suitable wild camp spots. We were allowed to camp in a small orchard In the garden of a small manor house. Good pub nearby.
Day 5. North Nibley to Tormarton 18.5 miles.
Camped in the garden of The Compass Inn. No charge just a donation in a charity box.. amount left to us. Also given access to a room so we could use the shower again no charge. Good bar and restaurant at the Compass.
Day 6. North Nibley to Bath 17 miles.
Finished at Bath Abbey at 15.30, we had covered 107 miles in total allowing the extra miles to find supplies etc. Virtually no flat on this route it seemed to be either up or down.
Went to the Crystal Palace pub for a celebration pint.
This was the first backpacking we had done in over 50 years. We learnt a lot about packing our rucksacks and the need to cut down what we carry.