Tuesday 7 July

We were running low on milk so we moved down through one lock and motored for two miles to the village of Wootton Wawen. The village is very pretty and has been designated a conservation area. The village is dominated by the late 17th century hall and the early Saxon church which dates from 1035.

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We were last here in March last year when we explored the church and today we explored areas of the village we ignored last time. Access to the village is from Bridge 53. Only the nimblest should try the route off the canal beside the viaduct as it is a steep slope without steps and necessitates a leap off the verge into the main road. There is a farm shop close to the canal that comprises a number of small units selling everything from antiques, furniture, clothes, cheese, jams and pickles and more.   We had a quick look round but we weren’t tempted to buy anything here.

Outside the shop at Wootton Wawen Hall

Outside the shop at Wootton Wawen Hall

There is a well-stocked village shop on the main road opposite the church but today we discovered another shop with Post Office at the Hall.   This welcomes visitors and is not there just for the folks who live in the chalet village of mobile homes in the grounds beyond. A dog walking resident engaged us in conversation as our dogs were making a fuss of each other and she invited us to walk round the estate and view some of the hidden parts of the hall. We also walked down to the station from where trains can take you direct to Stratford, Stourbridge and Birmingham. If you wish to get off the train here though you need to ask the guard to stop the train. The idea of this always makes me nervous as we’ve travelled along this line before and not seen a guard to speak to.

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