Slow Cotswolds

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Clump Farm, Gloucestershire

One of my favourite places to be in mid to late-May is the Cotswold Way National Trail at the top of Broadway Hill, between Broadway Tower and Fish Hill, both notable landmarks along the Cotswold escarpment. The views over Broadway and the Vale of Evesham from the top of the Cotswold escarpment are outstanding.

With the top of the hill being one of the highest points around, the May blossom always appears later than elsewhere, usually towards the end of the month, when it becomes a mass white-out. But on the ground are cowslips, orchids and a host of other magnificent wildflowers. There's a sunken hollow that becomes a sun-trap in late spring and summer, a hidden corner of the world where the views disappear and all you see is the floral slopes either side of you. While in the small copse to the east of Clump Farm (National Trust-owned land), the scent of ramsons fill the air.

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