On the hottest recorded day of the year (so far) 7 hardcore members of Cirencester Ramblers scorched around the Golden Valley of Chalford. Starting at a small pathway opposite Christ Church in Chalford we took the path along the canal for 1.5 miles before encountering the recently restored section of the canal for another 1.5 miles. The party stopped for a short break before a steep climb up Claypit Lane to Nether Lypiatt Manor at the top. The climb was only made less challenging by the occasional breeze of cool air and a small amount of shade.
Crossing a recently harvested field (the farmers were still collecting their hay bales) in front of the Manor to a narrow descending lane through Mackhouse Wood to Toadsmoor Valley and our next hill.
Climbing Bussage Hill to The Ram Pub on The Ridge at Bussage, it was sorely tempting to rest in 30c temperatures but we soldiered on.
Small detour through Frith Wood where the group enjoyed a welcome ice cream at Bussage convenient store, then descend through Old Neighbourhood and Church Lane leading back to the start.
6.23 Miles, 7 very hot but accomplished Ramblers.
Peaceful Stroudwater canal
Refurbished canal lock
Ready for the first climb
Descending through Chalford