On 5th June 23 members set off from Down Ampney, birthplace of the composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams on a beautiful sunny morning. Heading down Charlams Lane they turned right onto a grassy track between fields of cereals, hoping to hear skylarks and see hares. (No hares, but they did hear the skylark) At Charlams Farm they turned right again they walked to reach Ranbury Farm at Poulton, now a housing development. A coffee stop was taken nearby.
The group then continued to Ampney St Mary and on to Ampney Crucis. Passing the school they eventually crossed the main road and took a footpath alongside Ampney Brook to reach the 13th century ancient church St Marys, in Ampney St Mary, where they stopped for lunch.
Walking on to the Grade II listed Can Court they encountered some very lively mares and foals before reaching Ampney St Peter where they stopped to view the post-box that was painted Gold by Royal Mail, to signify the gold medal earned by Laura Bechtolsheimer in the 2012 Olympics. They returned to Down Ampney having walked 10 miles on a lovely sunny day.
There's a footpath in here somewhere!
Hats Off to Alan for a lovely walk!
Lunch in St Mary's Churchyard
Walking through Ampney Crucis
Some very friendly Alpacas!
Some sights in Ampney St Peter