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On what was forecasted to be a very wet and windy day, ten brave ramblers, including two visitors, set off on a 10 mile walk from Bourton on the Water. The walk took us along the Wardens Way firstly, through the lovely village of Lower Slaughter (no rain yet) and then on to the equally lovely village of Upper Slaughter where we stopped for morning coffee (still no rain!).Continuing along the Wardens Way we made our way to Naunton and its lovely Church where we had our very welcome lunch stop (no rain yet!!). The return journey back to Bourton took us along the Windrush Way and its very muddy tracks, but the group was buoyant due to there still being no rain! We were all very happy to make it back to our cars windswept but still dry and on our return journey home the rain finally came but too late to spoil our day out.
On Sunday 22nd November 2015, 27 Ramblers plus one guest enjoyed a 5½ mile walk in the Quenington area on a fine and bright late autum day.
The walk started at The Keepers Arms in the village of Quenington, and headed towards the Rover Coln. The walk followed the river for a while before heading over farmland owned by the Ernest Cook Trust towards Donkeywell Farm. The walk then headed towards Conyger Wood before crossing Akeman Street and passing through more woodland where a coffee stop was taken, before rejoining the River Coln. The walk then followed the River Coln to the pretty village of Coln St. Aldwyns.
On leaving Coln St. Aldwyns, the walk continued along a lane to the edge of another attractive village, Hatherop, before once more meeting the River Coln and heading across beautiful parkland back to the starting point in Quenington.
On Sunday 15th November eight members and three guests met outside the Victoria Inn at Eastleach Turville to enjoy a walk of 12km (7.5 miles). We went past pretty cottages and headed north out of the village. Our path descended to the River Leach, which we followed to Sheep Bridge. On the way we watched three of red kites out hunting. We then climbed to Middle Clump, past Hick’s Barn out on to Macaroni Downs, before curving round to Eastleach Downs. We then enjoyed a long, gentle descent back to the River Leach, before arriving at Eastleach Martin’s Medieval Church. The stone Keble bridge took us back over the river and into the Victoria Inn for a well deserved drink.
On Sunday 8th November 23 members and 3 guests set off on a 7½ mile walk from the Old Station Yard car park in Malmesbury. The group made their way alongside the River Avon (Tetbury Branch) then up Blick’s Hill and onto Milbourne. The walkers continued across fields to Southfield and Crab Hill Farms where they stopped for a coffee break and to observe the minute’s silence.
After the break they continued on to the village of Lea then Maunditts Park Farm before crossing the River Avon at Willow Bridge. The group followed the river for a short way before heading to Cole Park where they stopped for lunch. After this they continued over Cam’s Hill and through Burton Hill before reaching the outskirts of Malmesbury.
After a brief stop at St John’s Bridge they followed the River Avon (Sherston Branch) to Daniel’s Well then over the river and up to the Abbey before descending the steps back to the car park. Along the route the group were told of some of the history surrounding Malmesbury, Cole Park, Daniel’s Well and the infamous Elmer the “flying monk”.
Sunday November 1st was like a warm summer’s day when 30 walkers including one guest, did a five and a half mile walk, starting from Great Barrington, leaving northwards, on The Sabrina Way, a long distance path to Derbyshire, which starts at the village. A mile later the group turned west for half a mile before turning south for a mile to reach Windrush Village, via Windrush Mill. The return route was a level path to the green at Little Barrington, which continued on the road opposite, passing the church and Village Hall. Finally, the group turned left to walk on The D’Arcy Dalton Way back to the start point. The countryside was wonderful in the full sun, and we were lucky enough to see not only 5 deer running across a field but, for several minutes, an aerial display above us by a red kite.
Starting off on the Sabrina Way
Group ready to continue the walk
Making our way through Little Barrington
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