Cirencester Ramblers

Oct 8th Great Coxwell


On a lovely warm sunny October morning 20 members set off from the lovely Oxfordshire village of Great Coxwell to the working National Trust village of Coleshill a distance of 6 miles. On the edge of Great Coxwell stands a 13thC Cotswold Stone Barn, the best of its kind in the country. The 12thC church of St Giles's churchyard has a view towards the White Horse at Uffington.

Having walked through the village we proceeded across mostly flat open countryside to Coleshill, where we stopped for lunch at All Saints Church. During the 2nd world war Coleshill House was used as a top secret training HQ for around 3000 British Resistance (Auxiliers), but was destroyed by fire in 1952. There is a secret bunker hidden here that a cell of 6 very brave Auxiliers would have worked from, had Britain been invaded by Germany. Also in the village is a working grain mill, and both are open for viewing at certain times.

Going from the church we made our way back to Great Coxwell passing through Brimstone and Collymore farms with some lovely views along the way, finally coming to Puddleduck Lane with a good view of the Tythe Barn.

Crossing fields just outside of Great Coxwell

We encounter a herd of cows, some not keen to move!

Approaching the NT village of Coleshill

The Coleshill village green and church, where we stopped for coffee

The group just outside Coleshill with one of the far ranging views behind us


Making our way back to Coleshill