Cotswold Way, England – Chapter 81

We begin at Chipping Campden, walking to Stanton, our first stage of the Cotswold Way, a 102 mile hike to Bath, England.

We visit the. Church of St. James in Chipping Campden, the beginning of the Cotswold Way.

Elements within this church date back to the 15th century.

The old market place of Chipping Campton.

The Cotswold Way also passes by St. Catherine’s Catholic Church.

I read Chapter 81 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.”

“Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.”

We reach the Broadway Tower.

We climb.

To the top.

“The Master has no possessions.”

“The more he does for others,
the happier he is.”

We reach the village of Broadway and look inside the Church of St. Michael and All Angels.

We look back at the church.

“The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.”

“The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.”

We arrive in Stanton and look at the church there — also named for St. Michael and all the Angels.

The old pulpit dates from the 1300s. The baptismal font dates from the 1500s.

Our lodging is in the attic of a very old building – perhaps from the 1600s. Of course it has been updated so that it has electricity and plumbing.

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