A group of 26 Ramblers set off from Ampney Crucis village hall for a five and a half mile circular walk. They headed north, past the Pound Tree, and the Old Butchers Arms pub to the top of Back Lane. They continued down Ash Steeple Hill, passing Winterwell, to reach busy B4425 Cirencester-Bibury road. Crossing over, the group continued north-west up a quiet lane, through the small hamlet known as Ampney Sheephouse, to reach the junction with the Welsh Way (an Iron Age trade route and drover’s road). They turned east and found the secluded Octopus Land, where a coffee break was taken.
Afterwards they continued on to the crossroads above Barnsley. They went straight over and down to the main village street, before going past the rear of Barnsley House Hotel (dating back to 1667) to the fields near Ampney Knowle. The group then used a path (recently cleared by our volunteers) through Ampney Ridings to reach Akeman Street. They headed west up the road past the crossroads before turning south back to the village hall for lunch and their AGM.
Leaving Ampney Crucis
A cheery wave en route
Coffee stop at Barnsely Wolds
Lovely Bring and Share Lunch
Rosemary serves her delicious homemade soup
Area Chair Bernard Gill (on left) joins us for our lunch and AGM