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On Sunday 19th July, 21 members walked in the Coln Valley. Setting off through the Manor Gatehouse by the river they headed towards the Quenington Road near Akeman Street before taking another footpath towards Bibury. They passed fields planted with oats, barley and wheat. A kestrel was spotted hovering over the hedgerows and frequent fly-pasts of aircraft (courtesy of the Air Tattoo at Fairford) included the mighty Red Arrows in formation.
Pausing for refreshments on the outskirts of Bibury they made their way down into the village passing in front of the picturesque Arlington Row cottages which were constructed in 1380 as a monastic wool store and converted into weaver’s cottages in the 17th century. The walkers stopped for a group photograph in the yard of the late Saxon church before heading past the Jacobean Bibury Court Hotel and south-east towards Coln St. Aldwyns. As the route passed through the Oxhill woods and followed the river valley a trout was spotted in the clear waters of the river and sheep were seen relaxing in the shade of a stone wall. Although the day started a little overcast the walk ended in glorious sunshine.
Fourteen members walked from The Street in Hullavington along a bridleway and footpaths to Mill lane in Corston. Turning left we proceeded to the end of the lane before crossing a field to reach a track at the end of Malmesbury's Kings Heath. A coffee stop was taken looking across the Heath. We managed to have coffee in the dry.After this the rains started and the rest of the walk was rather wet along Honey Lane past the Vine Tree Inn and on to Norton. Unfortunately the restof the walk had to be on the road rather than across fields as intended as a farmer had not left a footpath clear through a field of oil seed rape. The walk ended passing Bradfield Manor, under the railway line and back into Hullavington. Thanks to Mike for stepping in as back marker.
Nine members of Cirencester Ramblers met at The Egypt Mill in Nailsworth for a 10 mile walk.We set out in sunshine, walking along the cycle track towards Stroud. After passing under the A46 we turned left and climbed up through Woodchester into the woods. Arriving at Selsey Common we paused to admire the views, before descending to The Cotswold Way. We then walked steadily uphill for two miles to Coaley Peak.
We enjoyed looking at Nympsfield Longbarrow, before taking in the view with storm clouds on the horizon. Half way through lunch the wind blew up and the rain came down. This meant quickly donning our waterproofs and finishing our lunch, before walking down past Woodchester Mansion and back to Nailsworth in sunshine.
On one of the hottest days ever recorded, a brave (but not unlucky) thirteen turned up to take part in the Cirencester Ramblers Treasure Hunt walk. The walk was just over four miles long and predicted to take about two hours so, after sorting themselves out into four groups, the teams set off for their adventure. The winning team of Phil, Martin, Bill and Jane were the first to arrive back at the pub, in just under two hours, for a well earned drink. The other teams all successfully completed the course with one team, mentioning no names (Nikki,Sally,Sue), taking not far off three hours!!! Mmmmmm? Congratulations to all the teams.
On Sunday afternoon on 28th June twenty four members took part in an easy 4 mile walk from Kemble to work up an appetite before the annual Strawberry Tea. From Kemble we walked to Kemble Wick then on to Poole Keynes; before returning across fields to Kemble.
After the walk over thirty members assembled in the village hall to tuck into bowls of strawberries and cream, lots of cakes all washed down with plenty of tea or coffee. Our thanks go to all those who brought cakes, helped set up and clear up afterwards. A great team effort.
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