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The morning rain cleared to give a calm evening and clear sky's for the first evening walk of the season for 15 Ramblers as they started off on a 4½ mile circular walk from Tetbury.Going through the centre of town and some of the oldest parts of Tetbury the group went down the Chipping Steps to the bottom of Gumstool Hill (the scene of the Woolsack races every Spring Bank Holiday Monday), before heading out of Tetbury via Herd Lane, past well-tended allotments, and Preston Park with bluebells in the hedgerows and lovely country views. Crossing the disused railway-line to Kemble members headed up the hill past Little Larkin Farm to the Long Newton road. After a bit of road walking with views across open countryside and a quick breather, members followed the Monarchs Way back towards Tetbury, past Folly Farm and the Hospital, crossing the Malmesbury road at Wiltshire Bridge. Taking a footpath out past the sewage works the group circled round to the centre of Tetbury via Grange Lane meeting a group of friendly and curious cattle on the way. The route gave great views of the Parish Church. The last leg was under Bath Bridge along the old Bath road before returning to the car park and the waiting hostelries in the centre of Tetbury.'
On Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 23 members and 2 guests set off from Eastleach on a 4½ mile morning walk. From Eastleach the group headed north along the eastern side of the River Leach until they reached the ancient Roman Road called Akeman Street, which they then followed until they reached Sheep Bridge. The walkers then took the footpath back along the valley returning to Eastleach for lunch.
After lunch 18 members and guests continued with a further 3 mile walk south along the eastern side of the River Leach making use of a footpath cleared by our Path Maintenance Volunteers over 12 moths ago. They crossed the River Leach at the pretty village of Southrop and then made their way back along the western side of the river passing Coate Farm.
During the walk the group encountered numerous cows with their young calves, trees in full blossom, spring flowers and other flora. All set in some the most picturesque settings in the Cotswolds.
18 members and 2 visitors had an enjoyable 5 miles walk on fairly level paths from the centre of Cirencester to Daglingworth. The weather was dry and overcast, with a warm wind, making pleasant walking conditions.
The route started by walking across The Abbey Grounds to Stratton, and then northwards, past the Practise Polo Ground to the edge of Daglingworth. The return route was past Grange Farm and Stratton Church, where there was a magnificent avenue of pink cherry blossom
After posing for a group photo with the short walk group 21 members set for a 10 mile circular walk from Oxwich Bay. After taking the road past Oxwich Castle the group crossed fields and eventually took the path through beautiful gorse and bluebells towards the beach.
After a coffee stop at the midway point overlooking the beach they continued steeply downhill to the beach. On reaching the beach the group walked along in beautiful sunny weather (unlike the weather forecast which predicted rain!) to Port Eynon where they stopped for lunch. Some retired to the pub, others opted for ice creams and some sat on the seats overlooking the beach. Suitably refreshed they then opted to walk back along the Wales Coast Path and then climbed steeply through Oxwich Wood to arrive back at Oxwich Bay.
On Sunday 26th April 15 members and friends of Cirencester Ramblers set off from Oxwich on a 4½ mile walk. From the beach car park the group walked up the road to Oxwich Castle; a 16th century fortified mansion built by the Mansel Family. After a short look at the castle they made their way back to the road and on to Oxwich Green where the walkers took the footpath through Sealands. After walking across fields they stopped at the top to enjoy the sea views and a coffee break before descending to the Wales Coast Path at The Sands. The group then made their way along the WCP towards Oxwich Point with excellent views of the limestone cliffs to on the left and the rocks, called the Holy's Wash, below to the right. Just before Oxwich Point the group turned off the WCP and made their way to the top of the cliffs. They then crossed some fields before taking a long gentle descent through Oxwich Wood, which was full of wild garlic and bluebells to reach Oxwich again.
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