A winter walk in Laurie Lee’s Cotswolds

Twenty five years ago, the Cider With Rosie author talked to David Parker about his beloved Slad valley. This walk takes in his favourite views, his local pub and final resting place

‘The Woolpack is my local. It used to be, as the name suggests, a place where the pack horses from the hills, bringing the wool down to the Stroud mills, used to stop for refreshment. It’s got great character, as you can see.”

I certainly could see. Laurie Lee had invited me to his local to talk about a television programme I wanted to make about him and the ways in which this part of his world and its landscapes had shaped his writing. It was early spring 1994, and we were chatting in the bar that he reckoned had not changed all that much in generations – apart, that is, from the price of its beer. That initial meeting had led to a series of recorded conversations. Now, 25 years on and following their publication, I was going back to walk Laurie Lee’s valley.

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