On 17th June 13 Ramblers and 1 visitor set out from Bourton-the-Water, crossing the A429 to a gate signposted Windrush Way, to reach the Windrush, first of three rivers (Windrush, Eye and Dikler). With the river on the left they walked through fields gently sloping into a wooded hollow. Turning right at the fork (SP Gloucestershire Way) and ascending a tree lined corridor out to a field edge, they joined a track and climbed north with beautiful views behind them, to the road.
They continued along the road before turning right and heading down a quiet road to Upper Slaughter. Both Upper and Lower Slaughter are tucked down in the Eye Valley and are two of the most charming in the area. Continuing to the small square they descended to a ford and pretty cottages before leaving the village.
Branching off right along a walled path signed Warden's Wayand over a tiny footbridge bearing right onto a path, they snaked through a run of lovely meadows alongside the River Eye.
Reaching Lower Slaughter they turned right at Mill Lane, stopping at the Old Mill for a coffee break. Refreshed, they followed the river through this picturesque village, turning right by the Slaughter Country Inn and continued a short distance to a metal gate through fields. Crossing over the River Dikler they turned right along the road for a few yards, before climbing over a stile and walking though hay fields, stopping for lunch by a bridge over a stream with stepping stones (River Eye) and a nice log to sit on.
After lunch they headed for the Greystones Farm Nature Reserve, with its completed building of a Bronze Age Round House. From here they continued on, passing Bourton-the-Water lakes until they joined Cemetery lane and back to the village.
Approaching Upper Slaughter
Heading for Lower Slaughter alongside the River Eye
Bridge over the River Eye at Lower Slaughter
Lunch by the river
Some of our "swinging" members enjoying themselves
A heron, an orchid, an Iron Age home and one of the lakes