Icicles in a row…

Icicles from the roof dripping into the gutter.

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Batsford Arboretum…

On Sunday, we took a trip  to deepest darkest Cotswolds, to the Batsford Arboretum. Really cold day but very bright and seems to be a really cool place. We got to it via Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow on the Wold.

We had lunch at the cafe and sat on the south facing deck. Nearly didn’t get that far though, after reading the ‘no credit cards’ sign outside! Luckily we scrounged together enough!

There was an amazing waterfall which went over a small cave, which was really sheltered from the sun. There were lots of icicles and frozen plants and to get over the stream, you had to run across a soaking bridge! I ran over carrying Jamie then Claire ran across pushing Jac.

After a bit of a detour up the wrong path (I must look into those map reading lessons!) we decided to go home, as Jamie was a bit cold and we were all still a bit worn down. We did get the Season family ticket though for £50, which included the cost of that day’s entry, so really it was £37.

This may seem a lot but it means Claire and I + two kids get in free and also get into Westonbirt Arboretum for free. We just have to go twice to Westonbirt and once to Bartsford to cover the cost. Not a problem, given summer is coming!

Westonbirt Arboretum also has a cool playground and is more to get in than Batsford. Both are about a 45 min drive but they’re the sort of places you can go in the morning then have lunch and do some more things in the afternoon.