Ten Cirencester ramblers took part in a six and a half mile walk starting by Minchinhampton Church around four National Trust commons. Starting in Minchinhampton they walked across the common and on through the pretty village of Box, skirting Pinfarthings.
A short coffee stop was taken overlooking the Woodchester valley and then the group continued to Amberley and on to Rodborough Common. A visit to Winstones for an ice cream was unavoidable and then progress was made along the Golden Valley through Bownham to Besbury Common via picturesque hamlets steeped in history from the area’s flourishing woollen industry times.
Despite the awful weather forecast, they managed to stay dry and arrived back in Minchinhampton having enjoyed lovely views, not to mention the lovely ice cream!
Views from some of the churhes encountered on our walk
On our way towards Box
One of the long ranging views on the walk
We pause on the edge of Minchinhampton Common
Who says you can't have ice cream on a winter's day!
Some examples of topiary on our walk