Cirencester Ramblers

Blenheim Palace Visit, May 7th 2017

23 members and guests had a day out at Blenheim Palace and Park in glorious Spring sunshine. During the morning the group took the opportunity to view the palace and gardens. The palace has a Churchill Exhibition, telling the story of his life from his unexpected birth at Blenheim to his death. The tour continues around many of the lavishly decorated rooms. Upstairs there was another tour which tells the story of Blenheim with many humorous touches.

Outside of the palace there were various formal and informal gardens to enjoy. The group could take their pick of short several walks, taking in the Great Lake to the Cascades and back past the many other features.

Then at 2.00 pm 19 members went on a 5 mile walk of the park, which owes much of its beauty to the landscaping of Capability Brown some 300 years ago. See the separate report under Walk Reports for details and photos.


The fountain, part of the Roundel, and the Temple of Health


The Water Terraces next to the palace.

Grand Cascade

Grand Cascade, which forms the dam to the Great Lake

italian Garden

The Italian Garden next to the palace


Blenheim Palace a view from the South.

Next Village Visit

Our next lunch will be at mid day on Wednesday 28th February at The Plough Inn, Stratton, Cirencester.

Getting there could be part of a walk based on Cirencester Rambler's Walks Round Cirencester number two. This follows a route from Cirencester's Market place to Stratton and on to Baunton before returning to Cirencester. (The leaflet for this walk costs 20p and is available from the Tourist Information Office or from the Cirencester Town Council Information point)

As usual all members and their friends are welcome to join us

For further details contact, Bill Irving, tel 01285 650012

Our Forthcoming Events

Quiz Night
Wednesday 21st February, at Ampney Crucis Village Hall, 19:00 for a start at 19:30

Away Weekend 2018 at Ilfracombe

Friday April 13th to April 15th (2 nights) with option of an extra night before and/or after. Click here for full details

Mid week Break 2018 at Torquay

Monday 8th October 2018. Click here for full details