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Twenty three members and three guests did a 5½ mile walk which started by walking through the village of Box, and then continuing on footpaths in the direction of Minchinhampton. This included a downhill path to cross a stream then up the other side. The path had recently been cleared by the Cotswold Wardens and is now very neat and tidy.
At Minchinhampton an early coffee stop was taken by The Market House to avoid a shower. The remainder of the walk was on Minchinhampton Common, first going westwards, with views across to The Golden Valley. By Moor Court, the group crossed the road and walked eastwards on the other side of the Common, with views to Nailsworth and beyond. The route passed through the village of Amberley.
Group Photo after a coffee break in the dry at Minchinhampton
Twelve members and one visitor set off for a nine mile walk from Bay Bridge north of Marlborough to Barbury Castle and back. They walked steadily up hill on a byway through woods until they reached the open downland. After a coffee stop overlooking the gallops the walk continued on to Barbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort. This is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route.
Lunch was eaten between the ramparts in the hope of sheltering from the strong breeze. The walk returned along the Ridgeway to Ogbourne St Andrew, then Ogbourne St Maizey.
On the 19th October 17 walkers, including some visitors set of from Dursley town centre. After enjoying the views and 40th Anniversary photos from Cam Long Down, five members on the 6 mile walk continued around Peaked Down before making their ascent up Long Cam Down on the Cotswold Way. After meeting up briefly with the others at the top and taking in the stunning views in all directions; they continued on the Cotswold Way to the Iron Age Fort of Uley Bury. They then walked around the west side of the Fort before descending to Uley and making their way around the base of Downham Hill until they rejoined the Cotswold Way, which they followed back to Dursley.
The main group continued to enjoy the welcome mild sunny autumn day. Each hill climb not seeming quite as daunting, having walked up the steep side of Peaked Down. Snippets of historical information about Dursley, Uley, Uley Bury and Owlpen were included. A picnic lunch and drinks were enjoyed in Uley. As we enjoyed time to talk, we also enjoyed the renewed awareness of mindfulness with the wander along the river Ewelme, old mill names on big gateways, the turning and falling of the leaves, horses in fields, the sunken wooded path ways and Autumnal woodland pathway edges that brought us back into Dursley.
A Group of 19 members and 1 guest set off from Oakridge Recreation Field on an 8 mile circular Walk. The weather was overcast but dry. They followed the road north-east to reach the small hamlet ofWaterlane. From there they continued on along the stony track past Limbrick's Farm. At the end they climbed up a ridge, and then down through Litteridge Wood to reach Battlescombe. Here a coffee break was taken, before the group split into two parts for a long and short ramble. Seven ramblers on the short 5 mile walk headed west on Hayhedge Lane towards Bisley before taking footpaths across Rectory Farm to Limekiln Lane. A short walk on this lane took us past some clay pigeon shooters before turning off along a rather overgrown footpath to a road at Hyde's Bottom. The group then followed the roads back to the village hall at Oakridge.
The main group went east down the lane and followed the rutted track, which at the bottom of the hill had turned into a stream, and needed to be negotiated before the group ascended the steep Juniper Hill. The track is very popular with Mountain Bike enthusiasts. At the top they passed Ruscombe plantation and Halfpenny Belt wood before emerging onto the road at the top of Edgeworth Village. They went down past the reading room to enjoy a lunch stop at the Church of St.Mary. Afterwards the group left the village in a southerly direction, across the Polo fields at Gloucester Beeches, towards Dorvell Wood. They emerged from the trees onto Dane Lane, and crossed over to follow a grassy path to reach the road for Far Oakridge. Leaving the lane at Spring House, they went up through woods and fields to Oakridge Farm. The Ramblers were delighted to be greeted by twenty-three small piglets-which was a nice contrast to the many polo ponies they had seen earlier. They finished the Ramble by walking along the road to Oakridge Lynch, and then across the cricket field back to the cars.
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