On 2nd October 22 ramblers set off from Windrush in sunny weather with a light breeze. Before leaving the village the leader pointed out a plaque on the churchyard wall to the memory of Sergeant Bruce Handcock R.A.F.V.R, who in 1940 rammed a Heinkel bomber in his unarmed training aircraft bringing it down, and in the process sacrificing his own life. Walking along a footpath the group arrived at Little Barrington by the Fox Inn, then proceeded down a muddy track to Barrington Mill and up a lane to Great Barrington. Here a refreshment stop was made near the war memorial.
Leaving the village via the Little Rissington road the group paused to admire a curious circular domed building and the deer in Barrington Park. The walk then proceeded along a track with typical Cotswold views, emerging from Century Wood to reach the N .T .Sherborne Estate. Passing fields of sheep a lunch break was taken in a sunny spot before reaching the edge of Sherborne. The walk then returned via footpaths to Windrush.
Outside Windrush Church, Alan explains some of the local history
Heading for Little Barrington
Barrington Park is famous for its deer and Folly
We leave Great Barrington on the Sabrina Way
Refreshed and ready to finish the walk
A view as we are nearly back in Windrush