I have long wanted to visit the Gloucestershire villages known as 'The Slaughters', reputed to be among the prettiest in England. I'd originally planned a walk from Bourton on the Water, but even at 9am it was a warm day, so I realised I'd have to adapt my plan. It did mean I arrived in Lower Slaughter very early so I managed to find a shady space to park my car, and enjoyed wandering round the village before it was swamped with tourists.
The village, inhabited for over 1000 years, is arranged either side of a slow moving river, the Eye, crossed by footbridges. In the early morning sun, the Cotswold stone glowed warmly and it all looked very attractive. It was a Sunday morning and there were people in the church (dedicated to St Mary the Virgin) preparing for a service. I was tempted to stay but I really did want a short walk and it would have been far too hot if I had dallied.
Other than the hotels, the village is quite unspoilt and must be a most pleasant place to live (apart from all the gawking tourists!)