On Sunday 21 May 2017, 24 members enjoyed a six and a half mile walk from Sapperton. Conditions were warm and dry, if somewhat overcast. Starting from St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton (constructed in stages between the 12th and 15th centuries) the walk began with a steep descent down Church Lane. This was followed by a steep climb and passage through Dorvel Wood. Shortly after this, the group walked along the edge of the attractive Daneway Banks Nature Reserve, home of the rare Large Blue Butterfly.
Following a short stretch of road walking, the ramblers then made their way through fields to Oakridge Farm. Shortly after passing the farm buildings, many walkers admired or took photographs of a Gloucester Old Spot pig and a litter of young piglets in an adjacent field. Field paths then took the group into Oakridge Lynch where splendid views could be enjoyed across the Frome Valley to Frampton Mansell and the perimeter of Aston Down Airfield. A refreshment stop was taken on the Oakridge Lynch village green close to the Primary School.
Following this coffee stop, the group commenced a steep descent through Three Groves Wood to Frampton Place. After a short stretch of road walking, they joined the Thames and Severn Canal towpath which took them back to Sapperton via the historic Daneway Inn. Now a thriving country pub, it was originally built in 1784 to house the navvies involved in the construction of the canal.
Before arriving back at Sapperton, the walkers had the opportunity to admire the stonework of the portal of Sapperton Canal Tunnel, which had the distinction of being England’s longest tunnel from 1789 to 1811.
Making our way through Siccaridge Wood
The walk continues through the Daneway Banks Nature Reserve
Coffee stop on the green in Oakridge
Some of piglets and cygnets encountered on the walk
Plenty of wild garlic and fungi on this walk