Cirencester Ramblers

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  • August 9th 2015 Miserden

    On Sunday 9th August 6 members and 1 visitor from Spain set off from Miserden for a 14 mile walk. The group headed off and after crossing through beautiful countryside in the direction of Througham, they stopped for a quick coffee break on a grassy slope near Snows Farm Nature Reserve. They then walked through the reserve sited at the head of the Slad Valley and about three miles north-east of Stroud. (The Dillay Brook runs through its centre. It is unimproved pasture, woodland and scrub.) The route continued through High Wood and Catswood, until they reached the outskirts of Slad, well known to fans of Laurie Lee’s “Cider with Rosie”. Instead of turning right to enter the village, they headed left to view some the places and events from the book. Richard, who had brought a copy of the book with him, read excerpts at the scenes where Miss Flynn drowned in the pond, where Rosie and Laurie frolicked under the hay cart, Sixpence Robinson and other delights.

    They then climbed up the long and winding Downhill and up Famish Hill and returned to Miserden via Honeycombe House, an early C17 listed building, where our leader supplied them with “Crunchie” (honeycomb, get it?) to give us the energy needed for the final climb back to Miserden.

    This walk took them through the many hidden valleys of a truly wild and beautiful area of the Cotswolds.

     

     

     

  • August 5th 2015 Sherston

    Eighteen members together with 4 guests enjoyed a 4 mile evening walk, starting from Sherston village. We walked out through fields, where friendly horses welcomed us, and up the lane alongside Pinkney Wood. From here we crossed fields to reach an unpaved section of the Fosse Way Roman Road, where we turned south. We then joined the path from Norton, back across the fields into Sherston, via the Ladyswood Farm Estate. As the sun went down, we walked through the dusk, by the light of Nick's handy i-phone candle app! We ended up celebrating a good walk, with a much needed good drink at the Rattlebone Inn."

     

     

     

     

     

  • August 2nd 2015 Cold Aston

    Twenty four ramblers and 4 guests (including 1 from Spain) set off from the quaint village of Cold Aston (Otherwise known as Aston Blank) for an 6.5 mile walk on a sunny day. The group headed west towards Notgrove alongside an avenue of Beech trees - then negotiated a picturesque valley into the village. After passing the Church, Manor House and the cricket ground, they crossed the road and headed down the track, past the Dog Kennels to join the Diamond Way. Emerging into arable fields they climbed up to a plateau before turning south-east towards Downs Barn. A break was taken at a high point with good views over the Cotswolds. They continued south towards the Barn, and after admiring the handiwork of a wood carver, they carried on through quiet fields full of sheep, with buzzards flying overhead, before re-joining the Diamond Way back up to Turkdean. Enjoying a quick visit to All Saints Church, they joined the Sabrina Way and used Bangup Lane to return to Cold Aston.

  • July 22nd, 2015 Tunnel House

    On a beautiful summer's evening Wednesday 22nd July, 14 members and 2 guests set off on a 4 mile walk from the Tunnel House Inn near Coates. The walkers took the footpath across the railway line and fields to the parish church of St Matthews where they stopped for a few minutes to explore this 13th century piece of history. Continuing on paths and lanes they passed through Coates and near Bledisloe Court, now part of the Royal Agricultural University Rural Studies Centre.

    The farm tracks then took the group through fields of oilseed rape and past the old Milking Parlour until they reached the Monarch's Way footpath, which they followed past Trewsbury House and along the disused Thames and Severn Canal back to the Tunnel House Inn for a well earned drink

     

  • 20th July 15 Down Ampney Footpath Clearance

    Four years ago a Cirencester Ramblers Footpath Volunteer surveyed all the public rights of way in the parish of Down Ampney. She found all the paths passable apart from the Galley Leaze path. This bridleway runs south from Down Ampney church across fields, around the old airfield runway, through a copse and comes out on the Cricklade to Kempsford Road.

    The path was surveyed in detail by members of the Footpath Committee. The southern end of the path had completely disappeared and was impossible to follow. The matter was reported to Gloucestershire County Council.

    Unfortunately this was seen as low priority and nothing happened. The following year the Path Maintenance Volunteers were established and GCC approached to explore the possibility of the PMVs taking on this task.

    The land owners representative was approached by GCC and they indicated they would clear the path. Still nothing happened and then the ownership of the land was transferred. The path was checked again and was still impassable.

    Early this year the Footpath Committee was at a meeting in Down Ampney when we were told the farm manager for the estate had a nearby office. Direct contact was made to the farmer who agreed to surveying the site and allowing the PMVs to clear the path.  He even arranged for us to take our cars on the airfield, which saved us a two mile walk.

    We had three working parties on the path, the brambles and nettles have been cut back, small trees removed and extra way marks installed. All together the PMVs have provided 88 hours of labour to clear the path up to a reasonable standard. The final working party was on 20th July when we were able to put up 'Path Open' signs.

    As a bridle way it is open to walkers, cyclist and horse riders. We would encourage Ramblers to walk the route to keep the path open. If you look at the map you will see this could be part of an interesting route that could take in Eysey, the Thames and Severn Canal and return via North Meadow and Latton.