Cirencester Ramblers

May 14th Sheepscombe and Cranham

On Sunday May 14th, a bright and sunny day, 25 members did a six mile circular walk. The upward route from the starting point in the village of Sheepscombe was across the edge of the wildflower meadow at St George's Field and then through the Ebworth Plantation Woods, seeing and smelling the first of several carpets of woodland garlic on the walk. At the top of the hill we turned left, passing the Ebworth Centre and headed northwards, dropping down to a valley and then up through woods to Cranham Common.

A coffee break was taken here, giving a chance to admire the extensive countryside views. The walk continued on a narrow road past Cranham Church and over a stile by Manns Court to return to footpaths. The route to Damsells Mill was much flatter, often by the stream. We joined the Wysis Way for the path above the stream with garlic growing on both sides of the path and the last few bluebells. The return route was an uphill path, again with excellent views.

The walk took us through woods filled with wild garlic and alongside rivers and streams

We make our way uphill through the Ebworth Plantation Woods

Passing by the Ebworth Centre

On top of Cranham Common

Approaching Paradise!

A view of Painswick Lodge

The final ascent back into Sheepscombe