Eighteen ramblers set off from the Crown of Crucis for a five-mile circular walk, this being the last evening walk of the summer.
The group headed off up through the picturesque village in sunshine and soon reached the Beech tree in the centre of the village. From here they turned north and followed a path across several fields to reach Barnsley Lane. The party walked down the lane past Hilcot End before turning onto a path adjacent to Dudley Farm. They crossed a large corn field to a stile which exited onto Ashbrook Lane.
The walkers went down into Ampney St Mary, where a well-deserved drinks break was taken on the village green. Afterwards they walked to Ampney St Peter through paddocks full of horses to see the gold post box. From this village they walked through a field habited by cows to re-join the lane to Ampney Crucis. On reaching the village they took the path south-west from Dudley corner across several fields in the semi-darkness.
They soon saw the welcoming lights of the pub where they had a sociable drink. The walk used several different paths from the normal route and all were in good condition.
Horses, donkeys and mules
We reach the pub with the lights reflected in the Ampney Brook