Cirencester Ramblers

Nov 12th Four Nat Trust Commons

On Sunday 12th November 19 Ramblers set forth on a grey and cloudy morning, although the sun soon broke through making a beautiful, crisp day. From Minchinhampton they passed the Market House (built by Philip Sheppard, Lord of the Manor in 1698, intended for sale of wool and yarn. It became one of the 4 chief wool markets of the county in 1702.) Heading down to Chapel lane passing Field House, they took the footpath down to a metal gate, before walking uphill to reach the pretty village of Box.

Here they paused on the village green at 11am to pay their respects observing the two minutes silence, followed by a coffee break. Then the route headed up to Minchinhampton Common.

Keeping golf course on the right they passed Rose Cottage, where Mrs Craik was staying when she wrote ' John Halifax Gentleman'. Continuing on at the signpost for St Chloe they turned left into a beautiful beech wood, following path for about 200 yards, then dropping down to a lower path with stunning views of Woodchester Valley. After a picnic lunch they made their way up to Rodborough Common heading towards Winstones Ice Cream shop. After enjoying an ice cream they followed a winding path to progress above the Golden Valley, across Bownham and Besbury Commons, via picturesque hamlet of Claycombe, to return to the start.

The group on Minchinhampton Common

Alan reads the address for the two minute silence

We observe the Two Minute Silence in Remembrance on Box Common

Passing through the beautiful beech wood

Lunch break in the woods

Ice Creams on the Common