Cirencester Ramblers

July 29th Barbury Castle and The Ridgeway

One a very wet and windy Sunday morning five intrepid walkers set off from Barbury Castle to walk through the Castle and along the Old Ridgeway to Draycott Foliat where we encountered a group of unusual horses.

Due to the strong winds we sheltered in some nearby woodland and made camp for our coffee break before setting off back along the top of the Marlborough Downs to our starting point at Barbury. On our return journey we visited the lonely memorial to two of Swindon’s most admired authors and lovers of the countryside Richard Jeffries (1848-1887) and Alfred Williams ((1877-1930).

Actually the rain eased considerably shortly after we started walking, the wind was very invigorating and the temperature mild so we all enjoyed the walk in typical English summer conditions – a welcome relief from the parching heat of recent weeks.


Barbury Castle at the start of the walk


 We pass some 'horses' at Draycot Foliat


Coffee stop around the camp fire!


Making our way back up the Ridgeway


One of the far ranging views


The Stone, which commemorates two of Swindon's finest.