Eight members and two visitors enjoyed an eight-mile circular walk from Moreton-in-Marsh last Sunday. The weather was overcast but quite hot.
The group started by following the well sign-posted Diamond Way north from the centre of the town to Aston Magna. The track followed the route of the Worcester to Oxford Railway Line, passing through the small village of Dorn on the way.
A coffee break was taken on the picturesque village green - adjacent to the old church of St John, which is now a house. Afterwards the Ramblers carried on north, along the lane towards Paxford, to find the site of the Medieval village of Upper Ditchford, which unfortunately is now just a grassy meadow. From here they picked up a track south-west, under a railway bridge, to find the quaint small village of Draycott.
After admiring the honey coloured Cotswold stone houses the party then went through Oldborough Farm, before steadily climbing a grassy path to the top of the Ridge. Lunch was taken on a seat half-way along the next path, which gave them splendid views over Blockley. Afterwards they continued on along the tree-lined path before turning south east onto the Heart of England Way. This path took them past Batsford Arboretum and across fields back into Moreton - where tea and cake was enjoyed at a local cafe.
Group outside the church
Climbing the stile
View over the top of the climb
Returning to Morton in Marsh