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On a wet Bank Holiday Monday, 10 members set off on a 6.5 miles walk from Lacock. Walking through the NT village of Lacock the group paused to look at some of the historic features of this beautiful village. They then made their way from Lacock towards Reybridge before walking alongside the River Avon and stopping for a coffee break.
Continuing, they reached the road to Bowden Hill then continued up the road for a short way and then along footpaths past Bowden Park. On paths, lanes and tracks the walkers made their way around the hill top towards Nocketts Hill and lunch. By which time it had finally stopped raining.
After lunch the group descended along paths until they reached the now disused Wilts & Berks Canal, which is undergoing some restoration. They crossed the canal using the restored Double Bridge and then followed the path alongside the canal to Reybridge and then back to Lacock where some decided to explore the village tea shops and enjoy the village fete and entertainment.
On 26th August 17 members took evening walk around Cirencester's Home Guard Defence Line. The walk was lead by Bill and Jane Irving, who are also members of Living Memory Historical Association. This is the local charity which runs Cirencester's 1940s Museum in Sheep Street and the old Hospital Air Raid Shelter.
The weather was fine and members found the information gleaned very interesting.
On Sunday 23rd August, 15 Ramblers and 3 guests went on a 6½ mile walk starting in the pretty village of Naunton. The weather started dry, but unfortunately, a prolonged, heavy downpour affected the walk. Thankfully, the rain eased after the group took refuge in Upper Slaughter church for a coffee stop.
The walk afforded fine views across unspoilt Cotswold countryside, particularly so on the approach to the picture postcard village of Upper Slaughter.
Leaving Upper Slaughter, the walk followed a wooded track alongside the infant River Eye before crossing the B4068 at the entrance to Eyford Park. The walk followed the Wardens Way long distance footpath across fields and through woodlands before descending to the starting point in Naunton, where some of the group enjoyed a pub lunch in the village pub.
21 members and two guests set out from Snowshill on a 7 mile walk taking in Stanway and Stanton. The weather was good and they were rewarded with lovely views.
Leaving Snowshill, they took a lane up to the ridge above the village and after crossing two fields, an early refreshment stop was made, looking towards Broadway Tower. Pressing on, they walked along a track and through woods to reach the road to Stanway. Leaving the road, the path went through an orchard and passed the watermill to the handsome gatehouse of Stanway House. Walking down the road they entered a field onto the Cotswold Way, opposite the thatched cricket pavilion donated by the author J M Barrie, who used to stay at Stanway House.
From here, they followed the Cotswold Way to Stanton, and a stop for lunch. Refreshed, they walked up this typical Cotswold village and passed The Mount Inn, starting a long steady climb to the top of the hill. A short walk to a wood, crossing over a field, led to a lane back into Snowshill.
On Sunday 9th August 6 members and 1 visitor from Spain set off from Miserden for a 14 mile walk. The group headed off and after crossing through beautiful countryside in the direction of Througham, they stopped for a quick coffee break on a grassy slope near Snows Farm Nature Reserve. They then walked through the reserve sited at the head of the Slad Valley and about three miles north-east of Stroud. (The Dillay Brook runs through its centre. It is unimproved pasture, woodland and scrub.) The route continued through High Wood and Catswood, until they reached the outskirts of Slad, well known to fans of Laurie Lee’s “Cider with Rosie”. Instead of turning right to enter the village, they headed left to view some the places and events from the book. Richard, who had brought a copy of the book with him, read excerpts at the scenes where Miss Flynn drowned in the pond, where Rosie and Laurie frolicked under the hay cart, Sixpence Robinson and other delights.
They then climbed up the long and winding Downhill and up Famish Hill and returned to Miserden via Honeycombe House, an early C17 listed building, where our leader supplied them with “Crunchie” (honeycomb, get it?) to give us the energy needed for the final climb back to Miserden.
This walk took them through the many hidden valleys of a truly wild and beautiful area of the Cotswolds.
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