Cirencester Ramblers

20th October Hook Norton Brewery

On Friday 20th October, 19 members and guests enjoyed a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery.  Most took part in a morning 5 mile walk followed by lunch in the café at the brewery.  The group was then conducted around the 19th century brewery, which makes the hand crafted beers in a Grade 2 listed building using equipment some of which dates back to the 19th century.  Starting in the stables we were able to get up close to the beautiful shire horses, which still deliver beer to the local pubs.  Then we were taken up and down the steep stairs to see all the different processes and equipment; and tasting some of the malted barley and other grains used in the process.  The tour ended with an opportunity to sample the different types of beer produced. Many thanks go to Kathryn & Steve for organising a very enjoyable day out.



John and Alan enjoy the cheese platter but Sally and Eve go for a liquid lunch. 


We get up close and personal with the shire horses.

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A 19th century steam engine still used to drive the machinery.

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Our guide explains how the brewing process is arranged within the bulding

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The grist is sifted and sorted as it passed through this piece of original machinery.

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The end product ready for distribution.

Next Village Visit

The next Village Visit for retired Ramblers and friends will be on Wednesday 18th July at The Eliot Arms, South Cerney. A table is booked from midday. There is a regular Stagecoach 51/51a bus Service to the village.

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

For further details contact, Bill Irving, tel 01285 650012.


Advance notice of the August visit, Wednesday August 22nd 2018. We will meet for lunch at midday at the Beefeater Restaurant, King's Meadow,Cirencester

Our Forthcoming Events

Gloucester Quays - Walk & Boat Trip 9th September 2018

A 5.5 mile leisurely morning walk in the Gloucester Quays area including the Severn Way, Glevum Way and Sharpness Canal.  At 2.30 pm there is the option of a 45 mins boat trip at a cost of £5 pp (normal non-group rate is £6.50). Those that want to come along please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 1 June 2018

Mid week Break 2018 at Torquay

Monday 8th October 2018. Click here for full details.

Away Weekend 2019

March 22 to 24 with option to extend to 3 or 4 night break - Staying at The Pines Hotel, Swanage with long and short walks on the Saturday and Sunday.  For further information contact Rosemary Bailey 01666 577755 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.