Length 7.2 km (4.5 miles), terrain rolling: several 20-meter hills
Story and photos by John Griffith, our specialist for exotic runs!
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A Roman odyssey in deepest Gloucestershire
Individually, there are many things that make Barnsley House worth writing home about: the rooms, the spa, the food, the countryside, the service and the general atmosphere to name a few. Together, these delights conspired to make our 2-night inclusive break in this little 18-room Cotswold charmery one of the best New Year’s Eves I can remember.
|Along the "Welsh Way" Roman road|
The village of Barnsley is easily commutable from central London but it’s 100% pure Gloucestershire countryside once you’re there. Set in a small cluster of butter-coloured stone cottages, the Barnsley House Hotel team under Charmer-in-Chief Michele Mella has got everything right. They grow their own veges, lay their own eggs and pamper for England – albeit at a price!
|Barnsley House, in creamy Cotswold stone|
In my mind, I pictured Roman cohorts on their way to St Albans and rag-clad cattle herders who must have used the route in years gone by but although I thought I saw some it may have been light and shadows….
At Ready Token Covert I doubled back left again towards my origin. Markers and signs are non-existent but I had a local map and judged distance by passing farms. It’s an all-road 5.4 mile loop, not too challenging run but the Hotel has no gym so it’s a good alternative. Barnsley House is a treat and the countryside is deep England and a joy to behold – strongly recommended.