Cirencester Ramblers

Jan 8th Bibury

A group of 20 Ramblers and 2 guests set off from the Mill at Bibury on a seven and a half mile circular walk. They crossed the famous Swan Bridge before following the River Coln, up around the bend to find Pack Lane – from here they joined a grassy path up to Hales barn. Continuing on across green fields they soon reached the ancient Saltway . They turned north-west along the muddy track, and passed the New Covert plantation, on the way to Saltway barn where a coffee stop was taken. Afterwards they headed on down the track, passing the old World War 2 Airfield which was known as Bibury RAF, to Oldwalls farm.

From here the party headed along the road by Calcot Peak Farm to Saltway Farm. They turned south-west down the track towards Calcot before reaching a quiet lane. The group then went down to Winson Mill and the River Coln, before going through the picturesque village to the Church of St Michaels, where a lunch break was taken. They walked south-east on along the road to the junction by Hay Lane in Ablington. Next the walkers went up the steep hill towards Arlington Pike and then picked up a path behind Upper Severalls. This took them across several pastures and over stiles into Arlington, with its old Cotswold stone large houses. The Ramblers then emerged back on the B4425 in Bibury and returned to the cars by the river.

Coffee Break near the old airfield

Continuing on the Salt Way near Oldwalls Farm

Crossing the River Coln at Winson

The Group pauses by the River Coln

Some views as we walked through Winson

Approaching Arlington near the end of the walk