Twenty six Ramblers and one guest plus assistance dog, Walter, set off from the old Five Mile pub on St George’s Day for an 8 mile circular walk. It was a bright day and they headed north-east along a farm track and down through fields to reach the steep lane near Shewel Wood. After passing the drive to Cotswold Park, they went up the hill and through the gate near Cotswold Park Barns. The then crossed the picturesque park and found a long track, across open countryside, which took them into the Burncombe end of Woodmancote. A coffee break was taken and the group then split into two with those doing the shorter walk heading off down Burncombe Lane. The remainder went down through the picturesque village and picked up the Macmillan Way past Moor Wood towards Dartley Farm. The party then went under the road bridge at Dartley Bottom and up the lane towards Middle Duntisbourne.
After a short distance, they turned through a small gate and joined a track which led to a bridleway. This route took them down through a lovely bluebell wood to Duntisbourne Rouse (named after a medieval Knight). After lunch at the Saxon church, they headed north-west along the picturesque Dunt valley though Middle Duntisbourne and Duntisbourne Leer to the larger village of Duntisbourne Abbotts. After visiting the church with its unique lynch gate and feeding a friendly donkey, they went up Ealy Hill, to join a track which met the road out of the village. Going under the Ermin Way again they arrived back at the start.
Lovely path through the wild garlic in the woods
We say goodbye to those on the shorter walk
The group by the ford in Duntisbourne Rouse
Lunch in the churchyard in Duntisbourne Rouse
Trickey stile as we leave the churchyard
A friendly donkey greets us in Duntisbourne Abotts