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Report 2039: Ten Days in Great Britain: London and the Cotswolds

By teaberry from USA, Fall 2012

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Page 6 of 11: A Day at the Races

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Stratford-on-Avon racetrack

Friday, we awoke to an early morning drizzle. We walked over to the St. James Church, which we can see from our cottage windows. It dates back to the 13th century, and was a major wool center of the medieval Cotswolds. The bell tower was built around the 17th century. From there, we hopped in the car and drove about 20 minutes north to the Stratford Racetrack, to enjoy an afternoon with the ponies.

My husband loves horse racing, and we always try to visit a local racetrack during our travels. The shape of the track at Stratford was triangular, with a few hills and dips, and there were hurdles for the horses to navigate. It was fun to see the differences between US and UK racetracks. By the time we left, it was ... starting to rain again. We did not visit Stratford-upon-Avon for that reason, and went back for a nap in our digs. That night, we had a fabulous dinner at Eight Bells Inn in Chipping Campden.

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