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Seventeen ramblers set off on from Bisley on a perfect autumn day. After descending into France Lynch eight walkers opted for the 6½ mile version of the walk. After coffee break the group made its way through France Lynch, Chalford Hill and Eastcombe on a combination of paths and roads until reaching Bismore on the lip of the Toadsmoor Valley. From here they walked along the top of the valley to Nashend before descending into the valley and joining the route of the long walk back into Bisley.
Nine remaining walkers headed towards Brimscombe along the canal path and then climbed the steady ascent into Toadsmoor woods, past Toadsmoor ponds before returning to Bisley.
The walk started in the pleasant village of Aldbourne, famous for its connection with Dr WHO (we spotted the dalek and the Tardis). There were 19 walkers and we began with a gentle climb up to the Four Barrows and then along a ridge to Sugar Hill, with sweeping views over the Downs, all in glorious sunshine. After the coffee break 7 members of the group opted for a 6½ mile walk. Initially the walk was on a deeply rutted and muddy track, which eventually emerged onto a Roman Road, the Ermine Way. After ¾ mile on this now busy lane the group took a track, which provided a 2 mile gentle descent back to Aldbourne in time for lunch.
The remainder continued on with a further gentle climb, followed by a short detour, to bring them to the late Bronze Age fort of Liddington Castle. Here, they enjoyed a picnic lunch, overlooking the Marlborough Downs and the countryside beyond. They then joined the Ridgeway for a while, before leaving it to dip downhill and then climb gradually to Upham Farm. Passing by the impressive Upham Court, with further long distance views. Across the valley, they could see the ridge, which they had followed that morning. They then descended by the easy path to the road, which lead them back to Aldbourne.
Starting the Walk at Aldbourne
19 of the Cirencester Ramblers attended the 40th Anniversary Walk at Cleeve Hill on Sunday September 14th. 7.5 miles of sloping terrain.
Cleeve Hill is the highest point of both the Cotwold Hills and Glos with some magnificent views of Cheltenham, the racecourse and Winchcombe, The Hill is a popular spot for walkers, mountain bikes, dog owners and kite surfers. With the hill's south slopes draining to the River Coln, Cleeve Hill is the highest point in the drainage basin of the River Thames.
Sunday's walk with Cirencester Ramblers included the Cotswold Edge, an OS Trig Point, Belas Knap(Ancient Monument) and Postlip Hall before returning to the start.
The group included the Gloucestershire Regional Chairman of the Ramblers Bernard Gill.
On a beautiful sunny day six ramblers set of from the Community Centre, Fairford walked through the town and down to the river Coln, passing Dilly's bridge on the way. Following the river they walked on to Whelford Nature Reserve, passed through the reserve to the quarry works and Bowater Lake. They then continued on until they reached the roundhouse at Lechlade where lunch was eaten beside the river Thames.
After lunch they walked over Halfpenny bridge going through Lechlade town to the cemetery, from there they walked over the fields back to Fairford passing Stanford House on the way.
On Dily's Bridge, over River Coln at Faiford. On it, is a wooden sign which reads:- "DILLY'S BRIDGE In Memory of Dilys, a much loved Golden Retriever who spent 14 happy years in and around this stretch of the River Coln"
40th Anniversary Barn Dance
On Friday evening 16th May 48 members and guests enjoyed a Barn Dance at Daglingworth Village Hall dancing to the Amazing Matchless Band. On a hot evening we kept the barman busy replenishing our fluid levels. After an hour of dancing there was a break to enjoy an extensive and varied bring and share supper. Suitably refreshed the dancing continued with even more complex moves being introduced. A fun evening for everyone.
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