On 9th July 23 ramblers set forth beginning on a footpath that led to the High Street in Bourton-on-the Water. Heading out of the Village to the A429, they crossed over to join the Windrush Way. With the River Windrush on the left we walked fields gently sloping into a wooded hollow. Turning right at the fork (SP Gloucestershire Way) and ascending through a tree-lined corridor out to a field edge, we joined a track climbing north with beautiful views behind us to the road.
Continuing ahead we then turned right and headed down to Upper Slaughter both Upper and Lower Slaughter. Tucked down in the Eye Valley these are two of the most charming villages in the area. Continuing down to the small square still ascending we reached the pretty ford and cottages , A quick water stop before leaving the village we branched off right along the Warden's Way, over a tiny footbridge crossing through a run of lovely meadows alongside the River Eye.
Reaching Lower Slaughter at Mill Lane we stopped at the Old Mill for a short break. Refreshed we followed the river through this picturesque village turning right by The Slaughter Country Inn and then left through a small gate following a narrow path alongside the River Eye. After a wooded area we reached the A429 and we crossed to walk for a short distance to a metal gate which led us on a pathway through fields. Climbing over a stile we walked through hay fields being harvested with a traditional Baler. Shortly after stopping for our lunch break by a bridge over a stream with stepping stones and a nice log to sit on, we reach Greystones Farm Nature Reserve with its partly built Bronze Age Round House. From here we continued on past water lakes until we joined Cemetery Lane and made our way back into the Village.
Leaving Bourton on the Windrush Way
Crossing the ford at Upper Slaughter
The group pause at Lower Slaughter
Cooling off on a hot day
Some of our members having a swinging time!
A replica Iron Age hut and carvings