On Friday 20th October 12 ramblers and 3 guests had a wonderful 5 mile walk in the countryside around Hook Norton. Starting at the Brewery the ramblers walked through the pretty village to the Church and then down Middle Hill along Park Row and out of Hook Norton, passing the remains of the old railway viaduct and walking along to Park Farm. Continuing to walk through fields with beautiful views they crossed a ford at a footbridge and continued on to Cradle Farm. Following a track to Cradle Barn they emerged from the trees to take a track up between fences to reach a road. Then they followed the bridleway between fences, trees and paddocks alongside Swerford Park.
The ramble continued along an avenue of lime trees and then along minor roads to Hook Norton Cutting. After a short break to admire the views of the railway viaduct they returned to Hook Norton, heading up to the church and along to the Brewery. After a lunch break a tour was made of the historic Brewery and a stop to admire the Shire horses. A few beer tastings ended a perfect day.
The group sets off from the Brewery
Walking through Swerford Park
All that remains of the railway- the pillars of the viaduct and a signal box
Back in Hook Norton we make our way back to the church
The grand church in Hook Norton