Cirencester Ramblers

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  • October 11th 2015, Cirencester Area

    On Sunday 11 October 19 members and 4 guests set off on a fine autumn day along Akeman Street. After a mini quiz which explored the other Roman Roads and Walls of the country, they walked to Stratton, then on to Daglingworth, where some went into the Holy Rood medieval church to see carved stone panels and the Green Man on the Octagonal font. They enjoyed walking across undulating tracks across fields with fine views.

    At Duntisbourne Rouse they crossed the ford and stopped to take in the tranquil village and medieval church of St Michael. The church has Saxon origins and some members went to see the small dark Crypt Chapel. They also viewed the church wall Painting and the choir stall Misericords. The return was via bridleways of Cirencester Park.

     

  • October 4th 2015 Westonbirt

    On Sunday 4th October 29 members set off on a misty morningon a 9½ mile walk from Tetbury. Thewalkers passed by St Mary the Virgin Church then down Silver Street beforetaking a track and footpaths to Estcourt Park.They then made their way through the immaculately kept Estcourt Estate,stopping at Shipton Moyne for a coffee break, where the sun at last cameout. After Shipton Moyne the group wenton to West End Stud.

    Here the 11 walkers doing the 6 mile walk split off andwalked along bridle ways called Wormwell Lane and Barber Lane to Doughton; andthen on footpaths to Longfurlong Lane before returning to Tetbury.

    The 18 walkers doingthe full walk continued on footpaths passing by Westonbirt School and toWestonbirt Golf Club where they stopped for a lunch break. After this they continued on throughWestonbirt village, before making their way through the Arboretum, eventuallyjoining the Monarch's Way passing Elmstree House and Highgrove as they madetheir way back to Tetbury.

     

  • September 27th 2015, Lechlade

    In beautiful early autumn sunshine, 22 walkers including three visitors from East Staffordshire Ramblers enjoyed a walk from Lechlade. Starting at the Memorial Hall car park, the group made their way to the fifteenth century spire Church of St Lawrence before joining Shelley’s Walk and progressing to the Trout Inn. Here the ramblers crossed the bridge before descending the steps onto St Johns Lock, taking time to admire Old Father Thames, and joining the Thames Path National Trail.

    After heading East along this path to Buscot Lock, where a coffee stop was taken, the party enjoyed the sight and sound of two boats passing through the lock, one in each direction. They then continued further along the bank to the outskirts of Kelmscott where the group divided.

    Seven members, on a seven mile route, continued along the Thames Path before turning off past Kelmscott Manor and through the village. They continued on lanes and footpaths past Paradise Farm and Lechlade Mill returning to Lechlade by the cricket pitch where there was a kite festival.

    Meanwhile, the remainder of the group on a ten mile route, took the circular path into Kelmscott where they paused for lunch close to the Plough Inn and were fortunate to enjoy the sight, at close quarters, of a splendid traction engine. They then returned to Lechlade by walking across fields to Buscot, on to Buscot Wick Farm, and thereafter via Inglesham’s Anglo Saxon Church, the Round House and Riverside Park to Half Penny Bridge.

     

  • September 20th 2015 Farmington

    On a rather misty September morning, 14 ramblers including 4 guests set off from the pretty village of Farmington on what proved to be an 11 mile figure of eight walk via Clapton on the Hill and Bourton on the Water. The walk passed through some lovely countryside which included great views, woods, pretty villages and lakes, with the sun finally making an appearance around lunchtime when we all enjoyed a well earned lunch stop in Bourton on the Water.

  • September 13th 2015 Barbury Castle

    On a bright and breezy autumn morning a group of 17 ramblers and 1 guest left Barbury Castle, the first of a number of iron age forts along the 85 mile long Ridgeway National Trail which include Liddington, Alfreds and Uffington castles. Following Smeathes Ridge with extensive views to Liddington Castle and the Watchfield windmills we descended to Ogbourne St. George and the Og Bourne, and on the outskirts of the hamlet of Southend parted from the Ridgeway to continue to Ogbourne St. Andrew, the lowest part of the walk.

    From here there was a short, sharp climb to the second coffee break, followed by a steady climb on the old Swindon to Marlborough coach road.  They walked past Barbury race course and Four Mile Clump, the half way point on the coach road back to the start, a rise of over 450 feet.   At the car park we were treated to a display of kite flying by the local kite club.