Cirencester Ramblers

October 21st Syde & Brimsfield

 A 5.5 mile walk was lead by Marian Preston. 16 people arrived for the walk and the cars parked at Gloucester Beeches. From the bottom of lay-by we took a left turn over a stile to walk across fields before bearing left to reach Syde Church. There was a service in the Church and we heard them singing as we went through the churchyard and out at the far end.

We continued to go down the" right of way" to the very bottom of the valley.  Once down we carried on through a gate and up a drive to the lane and round to the right to bring us up in front of two cottages being renovated. We carried on along the path of valley bottom all the way to pass Poston Wood, and eventually climbed up to the top away from the wood, where a coffee stop was taken. Some ventured into next field where they were surprised by Polo Ponies wanting their food. However the owner turned up and saved the day. Apparently the ponies are on holiday there!

We then walked through Brimsfield making our way to the Church where our group photo was taken in glorious weather. Just before the church is a Plaque stating that it was the site of an old Castle built in 1120. (you can still see the remains of a moat, but mainly surrounded by trees.) We left the church and crossed a field, over a stile to carry on down the hillside to  the lane. Nearly at the bottom of the lane we took a right turn up a drive. Shortly after we turned left down some steps into the wood (quite slippery) and followed a path for a very long way; unfortunately a tree had fallen and the path was not that clear. Once out of the wood we took a left turn and up through fields to cross a bridge on the right, going uphill all the way back to our cars..

 

 

 

St Mary's Church in Syde

 

 

Entering into Brimsfield Churchyard

 

Group outside St Michael's and All Angels Church in Brimsfield

 

 

 

Leaving Brimsfield Church

 

Lake on path down from Brimsfield

 

Quiet corner on the walk