On the border of the Cotswold region lies Malmesbury.
The mellow hilltop town of Malmesbury is peppered with ancient buildings constructed out of honey-coloured Cotswold stone. It’s the oldest borough in England, having been awarded that status in AD 880, and boasts one of the county’s finest market crosses – a 15th-century crownlike structure built to shelter the poor from the rain.
The most recognisable icon is the famous Abbey. A mixture of working order and ruins a sight seen from most aspects of this small village. It is gorgeous and impressive.
Malmesbury Abbey (St. Mary), Benedictine, founded in the 7th Century. The photograph above is of the east elevation and the location of the west town including the remains of the south transept.
The Abbey Gardens
First things first, it was the Abbey Gardens that we needed to visit.
I say “we” in a very loose way, though we both admire gardens, I am the one that has a love of all things flowery. Gardens are still such a passion of mine. Very much from a spectators view.
Though I don’t need to see the more public ones on a regular basis to appreciate nature in a more structured way as I have mentioned before, we have been fortunate enough to have wandered around attractive neighbourhoods. Full of colour and a quintessentially English design.
Lucky for us or unlucky depending on how you view it, the day we visited The Abbey Gardens, it was not an optional clothes day.
Time for a Cuppa
Some places have a wonderful indelible feel to them, Malmesbury was one such place. The cafes on the day we visited were heaving with visitors, most looking like walkers who have placed themselves down to replenish their energy levels.
Us two included in that description.
Surprisingly the cost wasn’t eye-watering as most Cafes have been while exploring around the UK in the more popular areas.
There ends another great day out, skipping from one county to another though still staying in the Cotswold region.
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