Sixteen ramblers met by the Church in Minchinhampton for a most enjoyable and dry 4 mile walk on Wednesday 8th June. From the Church we walked along the east side of the common and down The Knapp. Turnig left we walked along the escarpment overlooking Besbury Common, with wonderful views over the Brimscombe valley. At the end of a quiet lane we came to the gates to Minchinhampton Common, from where we climbed up onto the Common itself. We then crossed to the handsome bus shelter with a weather vane atop and views across the Severn to Mayhill.
Turning our back on the views we walked through the Iron Age hill fort of Amberley Camp, where we found orchids, including some splendid bee orchids. Thanks to John Miller for his wonderful close up orchid photos. Accompanied by the song of many skylarks, we then returned to our cars, before reconvening for a pint or two at the Amberley Inn.
Dark clouds are gathering as we make our way across the common
A view of the Golden Valley
Basking in the setting sun
John gets up close and personal with a bee orchid
The Tea House, Leaders Pat & John, Free range cows and a Purple Orchid