On Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, a party of 12 Ramblers enjoyed a walk of 8 miles in the North Cotswolds in warm and sunny weather. The walk started at the car park in the pretty village of Stanton with its golden coloured Cotswold stone cottages, passing by the church. We then continued for about 2 miles across farmland and beside a cricket pitch to the equally pretty village of Stanway with its beautiful manor and famous gravity-fed fountain. A coffee break was taken in the village churchyard.
On leaving Stanway, the walk passed through an orchard and along the B4077 for a short way before starting a stiff climb up the Cotswold scarp through woodland. At the top of this climb, we were rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of unspoilt North Cotswolds countryside. We continued across fields and country lanes, eventually dropping down into another charming village – Snowshill, which has the National Trust house and gardens at Snowshill Manor. A lunch break was taken on the village green in Snowshill.
The walk then dropped further down into a valley alongside woods and among hilly farmland before eventually reaching the Cotswold scarp again. Before the steep descent of the scarp, spectacular views of the Vale of Evesham across to the Malvern Hills and the Welsh Mountains beyond spread before us. At the foot of the scarp slope, the walk continued across farmland with further excellent views including the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in the distance, back to the starting point at Stanton.
The group at Stanway Manor
Making our way to Snowshill
We reach the lovely village of Snowshill and lunch
Time for a water stop and a chance to admire one of the many far reaching views
Returning past Stanton church
Back in Stanton at the end of the walk