On Sunday 20th November, a group of 13 Ramblers did a 5½ mile walk from the Bourton-on-the-Water. Thankfully, the weather cleared in time for the walk after a night of heavy rain, and it was dry if cloudy and cold.
Much of the walk followed the Warden’s Way long distance path. After leaving the attractive centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, we walked across some meadows on the outskirts of the village before crossing the Fosse Way. We then had a long but gradual climb, close to and then crossing, the former railway line from Andoversford to Bourton-on-the Water. We continued gradually uphill and crossed a couple of fields which afforded sweeping views over and beyond Bourton.
We joined a series of lanes with fine views towards Lower Slaughter before reaching the beautiful village of Upper Slaughter where we had a coffee stop. We then followed a footpath close to the pretty River Eye to another showpiece village, Lower Slaughter, passing its famous Mill.
The final stretch of the walk followed a well-marked footpath across farmland back to Bourton, and finished along a path past the Cotswold School to the village centre and back to our starting point.
Walking beside the River Windrush in Bourton on the Water
On the Windrush Way
We pause outside Upper Slaughter Manor
Laeving Upper Slaughter church after our coffee break
Making our way back through Lower Slaughter