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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 7 of 11: Avebury, Lower Slaughter, Stow-on-Wold

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Stone in Avebury

The next day was sunny, and we decided to make the one hour drive to Avebury, to see the Neolithic stone circles. Incredible to see, nobody is quite sure of what their purpose was, but its neat to ponder and walk around the ancient grounds and touch the massive stones. Our original plans were to go to Stonehenge from there, but the crowds and tour buses were pretty heavy at Avebury, plus the extra strong winds that day made it quite chilly and we felt very under-dressed for the weather.

On that note, we decided to opt out and drove instead to Lower Slaughter, a picture perfect village along a winding stream. We ate lunch at an old mill tea room at the edge of town, overlooking the stream idyllic! Later we drove to Stow-on-the-Wold, a more touristed town but great for shopping and poking around. We found a cafe called the Cream Tea Room that served, in addition to their wonderful offerings of scones and sweets, some mighty tasty dairy free scones, and since I have problems with dairy foods, I bought a half dozen to take back to the cottage with us. Their tea selection was amazing, too.

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