Laurie Lee immortalised the Slad Valley in Gloucestershire in his book, Cider with Rosie. Last weekend I followed the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way, a walking trail set up by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to showcase the beauty of the valley.
Waymarkers along the trail each include a poem by Laurie Lee about the landscape and greatly add to the pleasure of the walk.
There are beautiful views to be had across hills and woods but don’t forget to notice the small miracles at your feet.
Along the way we enjoyed the entertainment.
And got quite romantic under the mistletoe.
Before visiting the grave of Laurie Lee
and toasting his health in the Woolpack Inn.
To follow in the footsteps of Laurie Lee order a copy of the walk guide from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.