Cirencester Ramblers

August 13th Stow and Swell

On a beautiful sunny day 20 Ramblers (including 4 from other groups,(2 from Evesham, 1 from Stow, 1 from Brockworth), and 2 visitors from London, set off from Stow on the Wold CP to walk into Stow town, Keeping left all the way down the main street we entered a lane lined with an avenue of trees, where a fox led the way for a while. Reaching the hamlet of Maugersbury we kept walking down the hill past the lovely properties to another lane at the bottom where we turned right. Along this lane were fine views til we crossed over the A429 and headed down the drive to Hyde Mill Farm and Hyde Mill House.  Here we crossed the River Dikler over a lovely bridge. Coffee stop was taken before continuing on the Heart of England Way to Lower Swell, passing some very noisy geese and turkeys and 2 Hereford Bulls who were happy to be patted by walkers.

The walk carried on out of Lower Swell , keeping on the Heart of England Way to Upper Swell, passing Lady's Well and the large complex of properties of Bowl Farm. It has a Folly said to be built in memory of a son who died in the 1st World War. Above the door is the wording M F 1917. The route then took us down a small lane taking us past Donnington Brewery. We continued on the lane up the hill stopping for lunch with fine views. Crossing over the A424 we soon reached Donnington, pausing at the Battle of Stow 1646 plaque, stating that Roundheads and Parliamentarians fought on fields below. We left Donnington following the Monarch Way all the back to Stow on the Wold having walked 9 miles.

Coffee break on the bridge over the River Dilker near Hyde Mill

Hyde Mill

Big Friendly Bull!

Peaceful village of Lower Swell

The Folly

Resting after a climb to the Battle of Stow 1646 plaque