Cirencester Ramblers

September 21st Minchinhampton

On 21st September five hardly walkers set forth in the rain from Minchinhampton with its 17thC pillared Market Hall and Queen Anne post office. Minchinhampton grew up as a cloth town and was also an important producer of oolitic limestone. The church with its truncated steeple trimmed pinnacles has a brass commemorating James Bradley Astronomer-Royal in 1742, who was the discoverer of the aberration of fixed stars.

We made our way across the common passing some mounds which are called the Bulwarks. Tthese are the remains of the largest Iron Age hill fort in this part of England. It was here that the last Iron Age tribesmen, retreating northwards, made a final stand against the advancing Romans.

On reaching the Old Lodge Inn we headed across the golf course down towards Amberley coming out near the sign for Pinfarthings. Following the road into Amberley we reached the crossroads with the church of Holy Trinity and a monument to Queen Victoria, stopping here for a coffee break. Climbing back up onto the common and keeping the road on our left we reached the war memorial, before heading towards Tom Long's post, which marks the spot where Tom Long, a local highwayman was hanged and buried at the Six Ways junction. From here we made our way back to Minchinhampton.

One of the many cows and calves we encountered on the walk

Passing Amberley school it is still fairly dry

Making our way back across the common in heavy rain