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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
On a bright Autumn morning, 34 members + 1 Guest met at the car park beside Burford Church just as the clock struck 10:00. They proceeded North East to Fulbrook on 7.5M walk, across Furzy Leaze to Paynes Farm, down to Asthall to walk along the river Windrush.
After a short break for lunch in Swinbrook Church yard, resting place of the Mitford sisters, they proceeded to the 13th century St Oswald's Church at Widford arriving back in Burford at 14:00.
On Sunday 18th October we set off from Waterloo Car Park on a rather cloudy autumn morning with 26 ramblers and 3 visitors. The route took us towards The Whiteway via Abbey grounds, and over the Humpty Dumps, then onto Baunton. Going past the church we turned right along a woody path. When we got to Perrot’s Brook House we stopped for a coffee. Continuing on the road went we climbed up a hill until we crossed The Whiteway. Turning towards Calmsden we continued on a quiet road, and then turned right along the edge of The Sisters Wood. When we reached the field of pigs we turned right into the woods.
The sun came out and we enjoyed a beautiful morning. Continuing in a straight line we walked parallel to the A429, turning left at Whiteway Farm then right again into the woods. This brought us out by the Burford Road roundabout and we went back towards Cirencester town centre, arriving back at the carpark having walked a total of 7.5 miles. Some members then drove to The Organic Cafe and had a delicious lunch.
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