On a cold spring morning, 16 Ramblers set off from Adlestrop Village Hall on an eight mile circular walk. The village is famous for its war time poem by E.Thomas, which can be read in the bus shelter next to the old Station sign, and its connections to Jane Austen. The group took a path Southwest across fields to emerge onto the lane near the old railway station. Next they followed the busy A436 over the railway bridge and the River Evenlode to Lower Oddington. After having a coffee stop at the old church of St. Nicholas (which had recently been vandalised), they headed down the long track past Oddington Ashes and through Bledington Heath to reach Bledington. They walked across the quaint village green and down Church Street before joining the path Northeast towards Kingham. After negotiating several muddy patches and streams, they re-crossed the main railway line carefully by the level crossing, before entering Kingham village near the Mill House Hotel.
Lunch was taken in the Churchyard of St. Andrews, an unusual church with stone ends to the pews. Afterwards they walked up through the picturesque village using Cozens Lane and West End, before heading Northwest along the track towards Daylesford. Walking by the Old Church of St Peters the party then re-crossed the A436 into Adlestrop Park. Trying not to frighten the dozens of lambs, they skirted the Cricket pitch to join the muddy track up to Adlestrop House. Entering the village past the church of St Mary Magdalene, which was clad in scaffolding, they admired the wonderful Cotswold stone cottages on their way back to the cars.
Walking through Oddington
Some of the Spring Blooms seen on our walk
The group at Bledington
Three grand churches at Oddington, Bledington and Kingham
Passing near Daylesford Farm there are plenty of lambs
Walking back through Adelstrop