On Sunday the 7th October a group of 18 Ramblers set off on a walk from Bibury. Good fortune shone as sunshine followed Saturday’s rain. Translation: it was clear and sunny! Though early in the day, Bibury was already abuzz with tourists come to admire the simple beauty of the ancient cottages and to wonder and reflect on the lives of the people who lived there in years gone by.
We walked up the hill, past the Catherine Wheel pub and headed north-west from Arlington. As we crossed fields and farmland we saw a charming chestnut pony enjoying the view while stood on a somewhat broken wall.
From there we crossed the River Coln as we dropped down into the pleasing prettiness of Ablington with its stone houses and cottages, a perfect example of a Cotswold village. There were boxes of apples with signs reading “please help yourselves” and a small store of fresh-laid eggs for sale, left in the bus shelter. We continued north-east across open countryside—steady uphill climb to Saltway Barn where we stopped for a coffee break. Then south past Hale Barn (with the fake swans) and on to Bibury and home.
Crossing the bridge in Ablington
We reach the Salt Way at Salt Barn
Approaching Hale Barn
A fine example of Autumn colour
The horse is real, but the swans are not!
Famous views in Bibury