Cirencester Ramblers

January 17th Stow on the Wold

With only 10 Cirencester ramblers meeting up on a grey, but dry January morning, it was a pleasure to see a scattering of snow and 13 more ramblers at the free car park in Stow.  The 6 mile walk was enjoyable as we could concentrate on the friendships, and the views rather than pick our way through mud, as the walk was mainly on tracks and quiet lanes between the interesting villages of Broadwell, Donnington, and Upper Swell. The early spring flowers, the local points of history, William “strata” Smith ,churches, the beauty of the Cotswold countryside, the brewery, Beckham rumours adding to the walks variety of interests to be appreciated. A small group then walked down a Ture(alleyway) at Stow to enjoy a drink in Englands oldest Inn.

Group ready to walk

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Leaving Stow in direction of Broadwell, passing Stow Well

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Snowdrops at Broadwell

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Sue mans the pump at Broadwell

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Battle of Stow Monument

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Site of the Battle of Stow (1646)

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Snow in Stow

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The walk passes Donnington Brewery, brewing at this site started in 1865