On Sunday 26th Sept 15 members and 1 guest left Moreton-in -the-Marsh from outside The Black Bear Inn, to do a 6 mile walk. Taking the Monarch’s Way they walked towards Batsford Arboretum across fields, before turning left on to the drive away from the Arboretum to reach the road. Turning right they passed Bourton Hill House continuing up to Bourton on the Hill, towards the Grade I listed Church of St Lawrence. Turning off left near the church they stopped for a break in a field with 2 frisky horses, who decided to join them!
After crossing more fields with lovely views they came across Sezincote House, a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, which was built by a man who made his fortune in the East India Company. He wanted to incorporate Indian architecture in the design. Sezincote is credited with influencing the design of the Brighton pavilion after a visit by The Prince Regent in 1807.
The route continued across fields before turning back towards Moreton in Marsh on a tarmac path, passing a couple of farms and the hospital, having walked through glorious countryside on a lovely autumn morning.
With the harvest safely gathered in, the field look bare.
Walking through Bourton on the Hill
We have company when we stop for coffee.
Looking back to Bourton on the Hill
The group pauses in front of Sezincote House
They arrive back to a busy Moreton in Marsh