Naunton is a tiny hamlet in Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds. It is nearest to Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham, Guiting Power and Bourton-on-the-Water. Bourton-on-the-Water in turn is a short walk from Upper and Lower Slaughter. The village is spread out across the bottom of the Windrush Valley and probably has existed in some form or another for 2000 years. As of a decade ago, there were less than 400 people living in Naunton.
The Church of St. Andrew in town was built in the 15th century on the site of an older, demolished Saxon church. The Church has two sun dials designed in the 18th century. The Latin inscription over one reads “Lux Umbra Dei,” which means “Light is the shadow of God.” The pulpit inside, carved in the 15th century, is beautifully crafted, as are the gargoyles on the exterior.
There are a number of lovely, tranquil walks around Naunton leading through the countryside and to the neighboring towns. During the spring and summer, the Windrush Valley blooms with exquisite flowers including cowslips, yellow rattle and orchids. This is a quiet and secluded valley in which to enjoy a pleasant stroll. When you feel ready to retire, you can return to the Black Horse Inn to enjoy refreshments and relax.