Remembering the Cotswold Way in Paintings


By Wendy Forrest-Charde

While many people would choose to take photographs of the amazing sights discovered along walking trails, one of our regular walkers, Wendy Forrest-Charde, has a wonderfully original way of remembering her walking holidays. She uses a variety of watercolours, pastels and charcoal to create miniature pieces of artwork that capture special moments, often taking her kit with her on the trails so that she can paint and sketch right there and then. The small pictures below are all vignettes from Wendy's personal diary, and act as a visual reminder of her recent walking holiday along the Cotswold Way. By sharing these little pieces of art, Wendy hopes that other walkers become inspired to do the same.

The Cotswold Way Sign PosthfccboykSt Mary's Parish Churchhfccbdoyk
This collage painting of a Cotswold Way sign acts as a unique reminder of the dry stone walls and abundant cow parsley found along the route.Wendy decided to depict Painswick Abbey with a slightly abstract angle in mind, as the cut yew trees looked more like lollipops and copious amount of angled roofs looked very bizarre against the roundness of the trees. The trees in the churchyard are in fact clipped into shape every year as part of a ceremony – all 99 of them!
Mysteriously Iron Age Hill Fort hfccdboykThe Well hfccbdaoyk
Wendy was astonished that such a structure as this is built soley for use by swallows and owls, likening it to something from Harry Potter!


This charming well was discovered on the route to Kings Stanley. The well is hidden away because of the railings at the opening to the clearing, and could be totally overlooked due to it being sited at the end of dense woodland near three or four cottages.

The inscription inside the well reads:

Whoer the Bucketful upwindeth, let him bless God, who water findest. Yet water here but small availeth. Go seek that well which never failest.

Wendy thought that this was quite magical!

So if you are heading out on a walking holiday and fancy capturing your time on the trails, why not consider unleashing your artistic creativity and creating your own sketches or paintings to reflect upon?

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