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The weather didn't look too promising as the members convened in the Waterloo Car Park on a wet and cold Sunday morning, but radiant sunshine shone through at the start and end their latest 40th anniversary walk. A total of 17 Ramblers set out for a 7 mile walk from Bourton on the Water, along the Windrush Way, which accompanies the meandering river Windrush, through to Lower Harford. After 3 miles, at Lower Harford Farm, the group stopped for refreshments and their signature anniversary photo.
The group then headed up the hill, along the crest with magnificent views of Bourton and Eyford Park. Within a few minutes the group witnessed a beautiful rainbow above Eyford closely followed by a short intense rain shower. After a brief lunch in Upper Slaughter, they continued south along the Wardens Way, through Lower Slaughter back to Bourton.
Twenty three members set out from Barnsley for a 7 mile walk. Though misty to start with it turned into a beautiful sunny day, perfect for walking. Leaving the main road through the village they walked through the Barnsley Park estate, eventually reaching a wall high stile, an area where the Path Maintenance Volunteers from the group had worked clearing the very overgrown footpath a few weeks previously. Continuing across fields the group had a coffee stop by a wooded copse between Montreal Barn and Cripps Barn.
The group then continued to walk through the picturesque village of Winson, stopping for a group photo on the village green. Continuing on some very muddy paths they reached Ablington, another little gem in the Cotswolds. Leaving the village they had lunch in the sun before returning to Barnsley passing by Oxwold House. Back in Barnsley some retired to the Village Pub for welcome refreshments.
The 40th Annual General Meeting of the Group was held on Wednesday November 26th, 2014
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Since the meeting, the date of the 2015 AGM has been fixed at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday 25th November at The Abbey Meeting Room, Church Parish Offices, Gosditch Street, Cirencester.
On Sunday 23rd November, a group of 14 Ramblers plus one guest enjoyed a 6½ mile walk starting from Guiting Power. The weather cleared just in time for the walk, and was dry throughout, although previous heavy rain had left one short section of the walk very wet under foot.Guiting Power is a most attractive and unspoilt village in the North Cotswolds which still benefits from 2 pubs, a post office/general stores/teashop and another shop. On leaving the village, the group proceeded to Guiting Wood, which is part of the Farmcote Estate. On leaving the Wood, there was a climb to the top of a hill at Louisehill Plantation which afforded sweeping views across beautiful Cotswolds countryside. In the Plantation, the group came across some interesting stone sculptures, including a hare, a tortoise and a grasshopper
The walk descended to Temple Guiting, where the group paused to look around the 12th century church, which has pretty stained glass windows, and a royal shield carved in Cotswold stone dedicated to King George II. The church has connections with the Knights Templar who gave the village its name. The walk continued along a country lane which runs alongside a wooded valley to Kineton, after which the route left the lane and continued across fields to return to the starting point, where a superb pub lunch was enjoyed by many of the group.
17 members set off on a 7½ mile walk around the picturesque villages of Sherston, Sopworth , Luckington and Alderton. From Sherston the group made its way along a steep bank above the River Avon (Sherston Branch) and then along a lane towards Sopworth. At Lower Stanbridge Farm the group should have taken a path across fields to Sopworth church but the route was flooded so they continued along the lane to the next path to Sopworth and coffee break in the churchyard. After the break they made their way through the village to the south turning right at the cross roads to pick up a footpath across fields passing Luckley and Wick Farms before reaching Luckington.
At Luckington the group followed the Macmillan Way south through Tanhouse Meadow, claimed to be the source of the River Avon (Luckington Branch), and on to Alderton for lunch by the village pond. After lunch the group continued through the village then took a footpath and lane back towards Luckington. At Luckington Court the group re-joined the Macmillan Way and continued on this national trail following the River Avon through Brook End and back to Sherston.
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