|Posted by Trudy on April 1, 2017 at 1:55 PM|
OK - perhaps somebody can tell me just how I managed to miss the fact that I have a late Neolithic ceremonial Stone Circle practically on my doorstep?? I adore old stones and have visited both Stonehenge and the Avebury Stones. I found the Rollright Stones completely by accident via Trip Advisor 2 weeks ago and made my mind up that as soon as the weather perked up, we would pay a visit.
So this afternoon, we drove from Pershore some 27 miles along the A44 to the Rollright Stones which are situated approximately 3 miles before the beautiful Cotswold Town of Chipping Norton. Despite some cloudy intervals, the weather was bright and sunny - just perfect. We dragged Tori with us so that she could photograph them for primary research towards her last project on her Level 3 Art course.
The stones are signposted off the A44 along a lane on the left hand side (from Moreton-in-the-Marsh end) immediately after the Greedy Goose public house.
You travel along this lane nearly 2 miles and then you will see a pull in on the right hand side of the road right by the gate to the entrance of the field.
The circle is very close to the road so quite accessible. On the gate is an Honesty box where it is suggested that you donate £1 for each person visiting.
You walk through a short wooded area where there are a few stones
This then leads you into the main field with the Circle (King's Men) being on your right hand side.
The stones are truly spectacular - just walking around the circle makes you feel like you are taking part in something magical. Each stone is different and they are in fascinating shapes. Like Avebury, you are free to touch the stones unlike the restrictions levied upon visitors to Stonehenge.
On the opposite side of the road stands the King Stone:
This is fenced off but you can still get close enough to marvel at its beauty.
The terrain is more rugged here and is on an incline. However at the top are stones you can sit upon and gaze out across the beautiful valley.
There is another set of stones called the Whispering Knights but we didn't have time to walk to these - I'm already planning another visit to complete the set.
From the Rollright Stones, it is approximately 3 miles to the Cotswold town of Chipping Norton. Here you can park free of charge for 2 hours and there are a wide range of shops, many independent. One of these is Jaffe & Neale Bookshop which had one of the Cotswold Hare Trail statues outside. I was thrilled as we also have one in our local Art Shop Persora in Pershore but that one is inside the window.
I bought some lovely cards from this shop which I will frame and put onto Tori's bedroom wall when she allows me to decorate.
After this, we made our way to The Tea Set tea room as I had researched them on the Internet under "dog friendly". This tea room is fitted out with an eclectic mismatch of old furniture and china to provide it with a Vintage, homely feel. Most importantly to us, Pickles was made most welcome.
They serve light snacks along the line of sandwiches, quiche, jacket potatoes,welsh rarebit, crumpets, teacakes - that sort of thing. Tori and I had sandwiches, Andy had the "Posh Welsh Rarebit" followed by Guiness Chocolate cake, courgette and lime and Victoria Sandwich. Andy and I had a pot of tea (real tea leaves) and Tori had Victorian Cloudy Lemonade.
Pickles sat serenely underneath the table and had us in hysterics as she climbed into the centre and settle herself down in between the bars.
I'm afraid to say that yes, we fed her tiny titbits of the cake she adores purely for being such a good girl. She is the stereotypical spoiled Cockapoo.
Afterwards we had a walk around the town and Tori spotted some beautiful Vintage looking glasses in the window of a Charity Shop which were a bargain £5 for 4.
Tori also managed to pick up a glass perfume bottle which she was thrilled with. These are things that she can draw for her Art portfolio.
Whilst they were in there, I spotted Cath Kidston Provence Rose storage tins so asked Andy to get them for me. They are in perfect condition - in fact they look brand new - and we got them for £7. I was euphoric as my Spray Flowers tins that I use for Tea, Coffee and Sugar are well past their best.
So on the whole, I had a fabulous day and I highly recommend a visit to both the Rollright Stones and Chipping Norton if you are touring the Cotswolds. Look out for the 2017 Cotswolds Hare Trail too if you are looking for an activity this Easter.