On Sunday 15th May 2016, a party of 19 Ramblers enjoyed a walk in the North Cotswolds between Blockley and Batsford. We were blessed with a sparkling sunny day with excellent visibility affording fine views over the countryside.
The walk started in the attractive village of Blockley which was once the home of a large silk industry. We then had a long climb up followed by a descent into Batsford, famous for its Arboretum and as the former home of the Mitford family. A coffee stop was taken outside Batsford Parish Church. The walk then continued on level ground, passing the impressive Batsford House, before tackling a second climb, followed by a final descent into Blockley, with fine views of the village all the way back.
As well as beautiful countryside, which looked at its best on a glorious May day, we were treated to sightings of newly born foals, deer, and two buzzards. On completing the walk in Blockley, most of the group enjoyed light refreshments at the excellent café close to the imposing parish church.
Ready to start from Blockley
St Mary's Church Batsford
Grounds of Batsford House
Coffee stop at Batsford Church
Group outside Batsford Stud Farm
Horses and foals in grounds of Batsford House